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March for housing, jobs, and human rights in St. Petersburg listen

12/10/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today in celebration of International Human Rights Day there is a march for housing, jobs, and human rights in St. Petersburg.

We spoke with WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw, during the march late this afternoon.

"I am on 5th Ave North [approaching] City Hall and there must be about 100 people here marching. They started at 4th Avenue North and 14th Street and this is part of International Human Rights Day. Reverend Bruce Wright is leading the march and he's doing so primarily because he objects...

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Vigil For Immigration Reform Tonight, March For Housing And Jobs Tomorrow

12/09/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about a vigil for immigration reform which takes place tonight and a march for jobs and housing which takes place tomorrow evening in St. Petersburg.

Our first guest Ernesto Sendic Vargas who is one of the organizers of an event tonight- a vigil for immigration reform which takes place at 7:30 PM at St. Paul's Catholic Church on North Dale Mabry in Tampa. Among the organizations sponsoring the event...

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Homeless advocate wary of proposed Pinellas shelter listen

12/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Network met at what it’s calling the Annex II facility, the proposed site for a homeless complex and jail diversion program. The complex would also house convicts transitioning back into the community after their sentences. Homeless advocates are critical of the site. Reverend Bruce Wright is a homeless advocate in Pinellas. He says the 49th street facility is eerily close to the county jail.

"But essentially it's just a jail annex. They're ...

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Local charity experiencing high volume of need, not donations, ahead of holidays listen

11/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Food pantries across the Tampa Bay area are experiencing shortages just ahead of the holiday weekend. One Tampa nonprofit is experiencing a swell of people in need this year, including former donors and volunteers.

The rows of donated non-perishables are set up like grocery store aisles. Here, those who’ve signed up with Metropolitan Ministries’ holiday food program weave their shopping carts throughout rows of cereal, pasta, and canned goods. Katherine from Tampa is poring over boxed ...

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Hillsborough Homeless Coalition honors Homeless Heroes listen

11/15/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday, the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County presented their 2010 "Homeless Heroes" awards at their annual meeting in Westshore.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, The US's economy's ongoing recession has left more than an estimated 1.5 million Americans without a roof over their heads. Floridians in particular have been among the hardest hit with job losses, foreclosures, and people seeking government assistance in the state among the highest in the nati...

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Hillsborough continues talk of countywide panhandling ban listen

11/10/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With no relief for rampant unemployment and underemployment in the Tampa Bay area, many jobless and working poor take to curbsides and medians in the hope that enough passersby will spare a dollar or two. Many see it as a hazard, which is why Hillsborough County is considering revamping a countywide ban on the practice. Today Tampa and county officials held its second workshop to kick around possible ways of curbing the practice.

Assistant Tampa Police Chief John Bennett says a recent ag...

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Homeless advocates critical of proposed shelter listen

11/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County, especially St. Petersburg, isn’t known for taking extra humanitarian measures when it comes to the area’s large homeless population. A new shelter city and county officials are proposing may dispel – or reinforce – St. Pete’s anti-homeless reputation.

Officials in Pinellas County’s Homeless Leadership Network are calling the facility a courtyard. It would provide beds, showers, bathrooms, a host of services, and food – though they’re not yet sure whether th...

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Florida's homeless hate crimes law goes into effect Friday listen

09/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Friday, prejudice-motivated assaults against people without homes become hate crimes in Florida. Earlier this week we brought you the first half of our interview with Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Their report, “Hate Crimes Against The Homeless: America’s Growing Tide of Violence,” fin...

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Hate crimes against homeless on rise, especially in Florida listen

09/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A study from the National Coalition for the Homeless says that hate crimes against homeless people is on the rise. Their 11th annual report, Hate Crimes Against The Homeless: America’s Growing Tide of Violence, ranks Florida among the worst states for these hate crimes. Neil Donovan is their executive director.

Tune in tomorrow to [hear their specific findings about Florida...

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St. Pete to enforce street sleeping ban listen

07/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg is about to start enforcing an ordinance that makes it illegal to sleep in the streets if there are free beds in local homeless shelters. Not complying could mean a night in jail. Homeless advocates like Bruce Wright of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are crying foul.

"I find it reprehensible and criminal that Mayor Foster, any of the counsel that would support him, and any law enforcement that would act upon it. To do such a thing."

Speaking at a rall...

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