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FL 2012 Legislative preview: Pinellas delegation hears from public listen

09/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pinellas County’s Legislative Delegation hosted a public forum in Pinellas Park this morning to hear recommendations and requests from citizens and groups. Most organizations were asking either for more funding, or to avoid cut-backs. Some individuals came with requests for policies on homelessness, redistricting and reproductive rights.

BJ Star ended her 3-minute speech to delegates with one word: Uterus. As she said it, she raised her arm in tr...

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Tampa City Council talks about panhandling, homeless issue listen

09/08/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council continued discussions about possible street solicitation bans that would criminalize panhandling on city streets. Council member Mary Mulhern warned that doing so would be the beginning of criminalizing poverty. The council also heard comments about how to address the high number of people without homes.

Council members have been kicking around whether or not to ban ...

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Labor unions hard at work at Pinellas HOPE on Labor Day weekend listen

09/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many Americans marked Labor Day weekend as a start to the football season, a day to fire up the barbeque, and enjoy a national holiday away from work. But the holiday began to honor labor unions that fought for 8 hour work days, a minimum wage, and an end to child labor. Last Saturday the executive vice president of the labor union visited Pinellas Park, calling on local labor unions to help some of Florida’s unemployed get back to work.

Many...

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Tampa Housing Authority awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide housing for homeless veterans listen

08/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Housing Authority has recently received more than a half a million dollars to help local Veterans who are homeless or cannot afford their housing payments.

In July the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants to public housing agencies in every state. The funding totals $46.2 million. The Tampa Housing Authority was awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide assistance to veterans in need. Margaret Jones, Director of Assisted Housing for the Tampa Housing Autho...

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St. Pete resident heads to court for feeding people in an Orlando park listen

08/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 20 activists have been arrested in Orlando since the city began enforcing its ordinance making it a crime to feed people in public parks. But recently Orlando and the local Food Not Bombs chapter have come to an agreement that has, at least for the time being, stopped arrests. Instead of public feedings being in a downtown park, the activists have agreed to feed people in front of City Hall. But St. Petersburg resident Jimmy Dunson was arrested before the agreement. He has a court a...

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Panhandling policy workshop at Tampa Chamber fails to draw support for ban listen

07/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Chamber of Commerce tackled the controversial issue of a possible ban on Panhandling in Tampa. Only two in attendance supported a full or partial ban. Everyone else expressed with a show of hands, their desire to give the matter further consideration.

It took effect in St. Petersburg last June. Parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County adopted it early this year. So far though, the city of Tampa has managed to thwart a ban on street solicitation. That could cha...

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Is the US an empire? Group in Tampa says yes listen

06/30/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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When they hear the word empire, many people think of Rome, Babylon, Britain, or the USSR. But today a group in Tampa talked about imperial aspects of the United States. Just ahead of the country’s two-hundred-thirty-fifth birthday, a United Church of Christ workshop revealed an imperial America they say varies greatly from the vision of the nation’s founders.

Reverend Tom Warren is with a United Church of Christ congregation in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. In talking about America as an imper...

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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry takes calls on attempts to criminalize public feedings

05/11/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane. This afternoon we’ll talk about efforts by cities across Florida that are making it more difficult – and in some cases illegal – to feed people in public parks.

Joining us in this conversation is the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. He’s in St. Petersburg right now helping to cook a meal for people in downtown’s Mirror Lake Park. Thank you for Joining us Keith.

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Count find spike in Hillsborough's homeless population listen

05/05/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The results of the 2011 Homeless Count are in, and they show Hillsborough’s Homeless population nearly doubled since the 2009 count. But the reason behind the drastic increase is probably not what you think it is.

The collapsed economy is probably a contributing factor for any spike in an area’s homeless population. This time around, there’s something else that drove the number from around 9,500 two years ago to nearly 18,000 this year. Homeless Coa...

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