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Labor activists go after Burger King in support of fired single mom listen

11/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: unions, minimum wage, labor, activism, Burger King, AFL-CIO, FCAN


A 19-year old single mother was fired from a Tampa Burger King Friday for what she claims is retaliation for trying to organize with a union for a living wage. Less than 12 hours after she was terminated, more than 30 union leaders and community activists rallied support for the minimum wage worker at the Burger King at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Arme...


In Tampa activists rally against voter suppression listen

08/29/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Republicans have been outspoken about battling supposed voter fraud in elections. The Florida Consumer Action Network hosted speeches and a march last night in Ybor City in protest of increased voting regulations. Voter suppression concerns focused on immigrants and African Americans.

In recent years, ten states have added photo identification to the list of requirements necessary to vote or to register to vote. Republicans say the increased regulations are essential to maintaining integr...


Death of Democracy protest at RNC kick-off party draws more than 1,000 grieving protesters listen

08/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 1,000 activists from around the country took to the streets in St. Petersburg yesterday in protest of Republican policies. Marches were planned by two different groups the night before the Republican National Convention begins. But all of the demonstrators came together for one march with an endless list of complaints. Warren Lundquist traveled from Palm Bay on Florida’s west coast with signs saying Mitt Romney should run for president of China, not the U.S. He said he’s not ...

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The RNC is here. What's going to happen?

08/23/12 Mitch E. Perry
Last Call Thursday
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University of Central Florida Political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett, the Coalition to March on the RNC's Jared Hamil and Florida Consumer Action Network's Mike Long talk about the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Activists still want minimum wage increase despite "get a job" gaffe listen

07/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week at a Fourth of July event in Treasure Island, member of Congress Bill Young told a constituent to “get a job”. The comment from the longtime Republican politician was in response to a question about raising the minimum wage and sparked national outcry from those who thought it was offensive. A YouTube video of the comment has more than 34,000 hits so far.

“Hi, I’m Pepe. How are you?

"I’m good."

"Happy Fourth of July."

"Thank you."

"Jesse Jackson Jr. is...

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Bill Young to constituent asking about minimum wage increase: Get a job listen

07/06/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Most of Pinellas County has been represented in Congress by C.W. "Bill" Young for 41 years. The longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives is a prominent member of the Appropriations committee. On Wednesday at the American Legion in Treasure Island the Florida Consumer Action Network organized an action to challenge Representative Young about his support of policies that benefit the richest Americans.

One person, Pepe Kovanis asked Young whether he would support a bill to ...


Activists protest JP Morgan Chase CEO at shareholder meeting in Tampa listen

05/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Shareholders approved JP-Morgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon’s $23 million pay package and his chairmanship at their annual meeting in Tampa today. His admission that the company was at fault for losing billions on a bad investment prompted calls from several shareholders to install a new chair. When that didn’t happen, it added fuel to the already burning fire outside where dozens of protesters gathered to speak out against what they say is the company’s flawed business practices.


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Advocates demand meeting with Rep. Young; worried about budget for social service programs listen

05/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A group of progressive advocates wants U.S. Representative Bill Young to meet with them to talk about provisions in that controversial budget. The Republican-backed plan in the House would cut funding to things like federal Pell grants, foreclosure assistance programs and Medicare and Medicaid. Members of the Florida Consumer Action Network, or FCAN have been trying to arrange a meeting with Young, but have not been able to so far. So, Soledad Santiago along with about 20 other FCAN suppor...

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Tax Day brings Occupy tax protesters in St. Pete listen

04/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As people hurried into the main post office in St. Petersburg to file their taxes before tonight’s midnight deadline, 40 people stood outside waving signs demanding tax equality. The protesters representing at least three different advocacy groups said it’s not fair that wealthy individuals and corporations have access to tax credits and loopholes that often let them pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. Jasmine Carter, a member of Occupy St. Pete and Awake the State, said instead...


Awake the State gears up for 2012

10/28/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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Over the last few months working and middle class families in this state have been feeling the devastating effects of the last legislative session. Thousands of jobs have been cut, programs aimed at helping those most in need in Florida have been reduced or completely eliminated, and the attack on teachers and other state workers is unprecedented. And it’s not over yet. The start of the 2012 session in January is just around the corner, and with a projected budget deficit for the coming fi...

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