Andrea Hildebran Smith

St. Petersburg demonstration demanding release of full Mueller report

Democrats continue to pressure the Justice Department to release the entire Mueller report without redactions; on Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. On Thursday in St. Petersburg there’s a demonstration planned demanding the release of the full Mueller report. WMNF… Read more »

Save Our Custodians sign.

Hillsborough Schools custodians fight privatization

Custodians in Hillsborough County Schools are fighting back against a proposal to privatize cleaning services. They are rallying Tuesday afternoon outside the school board meeting in downtown Tampa and speaking out during the meeting itself. In a separate demonstration Tuesday morning about fifty custodians and their allies rallied in a light rain shower. Organizers say… Read more »

Robert Hunziker. Anissa Gray. Clive Thompson. on Life Elsewhere

Frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Robert Hunziker says global warming is a fact of life that haunts society with consequences that hit hard, exponentially, but where nobody lives. It is happening hyper fast, and it’s downright scary as major ecosystems of the planet turn upside down in nasty fashion. He goes on to say that… Read more »


Tampa Pride is this weekend in Ybor City

This weekend is the Tampa Pride festival; most events are centered in Ybor City on Saturday. To find out what people can expect, WMNF spoke with Nancy Desmond from Tampa Pride. “Tampa Pride is the Pride event that celebrates the Tampa LGBTQ community. This year our theme is Milestones. We’re celebrating our fifth year. And… Read more »

Israel and Palestine

PDA will screen The Occupation of the American Mind in Tampa

The largest pro-Israel lobbying group held its annual conference this week. Several Democratic candidates for president promised to skip the meeting of AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, because of its support for the policies of Israel and its current hard-right government. The local Progressive Democrats of America chapter is screening a documentary… Read more »

WMNF Board President on the reinstatement of Rob Lorei

In February, WMNF news and public affairs director Rob Lorei was fired. He filed a grievance with the station’s board of directors and its president announced the board’s decision on the WMNF airwaves at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. “This is assistant News and Public Affairs Director Seán Kinane and I am speaking with David Harbeitner… Read more »

FL. Legislature proposes new restrictions on Felon Voting Rights Restoration bill

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution. The Brennan Center has a… Read more »

Youth Climate Strike around the world, demanding action from leaders

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future at the Youth Climate Strike. By FRANK JORDANS and SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry… Read more »

Understanding The Suffrage Movement on Life Elsewhere

Make no mistake, Sally Roesch Wagner is a force to be reckoned with. Her wonderfully rich voice and her crystal-clear articulation tells you she does not suffer fools gladly. You know immediately as your interview beings that Sally Roesch Wagner is not to be trifled with. Yet, even through a heartless digital connection, you cannot… Read more »

Connecticut Supreme Court says gun manufacturer can be sued by Sandy Hook plaintiffs

Court rules gun maker can be sued over Newtown shooting By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled today. Gun control advocates… Read more »