israel palestinian Palestine solidarity protest in Tampa 15 May 2021. By Blannie Whelan/WMNF News.

Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida sues the state on First Amendment grounds

SJP at UF is suing over an order issued by university system Chancellor Ray Rodrigues that targeted such organizations on Florida campuses.
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ACLU celebrates the July decision by a federal judge blocking parts of a new Florida elections law

A judge recently blocked parts of a new Florida law that made it more difficult for community-based organizations to register people to vote.
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Monday, June 26th, 2023

LISTEN HERE: ACLU warns about censorship in Florida schools According to the ACLU of Florida, several new state laws are “designed to suppress diversity of thoughts in Florida’s public schools, colleges and universities.” WMNF’s Josh...
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Tampa’s police review board votes in support of allowing local residents to weigh in on subpoena power

Tampa’s citizen-led police review board voted 6–3 on Tuesday night to recommend that city council put subpoena power for the board on the ballot for voters to decide. This vote is the latest development in...

Tampa Council caves to Castor, police oversight board largely unchanged

Tampa’s City Council Thursday voted to change course on the makeup of its Citizen Review Board. Councilmembers acquiesced a request from Mayor Jane Castor to give her more sway over the police oversight board. LISTEN:...
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Radioactivity Friday: Florida House takes up controversial bill that would criminalize protest

March 19, 2021 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. The Florida House will consider a controversial bill next week that would increase penalties on protests. Democrats and others argue the measure would violate First...

Independent lawyer, limited subpoena power for citizen-led police review board could come as ballot initiative in Tampa

The decision to have an independent lawyer and limited subpoena power for Tampa’s citizen-led police review board could come down to a ballot initiative for city residents. Tampa’s City Council workshopped a massive overhaul to...
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Privacy concerns over police using dead man’s finger to unlock phone?

On WMNF’s MidPoint Monday we discussed privacy concerns that arise from police trying to use a dead man’s finger to unlock his phone; we also heard part of President Donald Trump’s speech at the National Rifle...
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Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform backs several state bills

Nearly 100,000 people are incarcerated in Florida, costing state taxpayers more than 2.3 billion dollars a year; those numbers are from the website of the Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, a nonpartisan group that’s...

MidPoint for Thursday, Aug.3 – Desmond Meade & St. Pete City Council & mayoral candidates

Desmond Meade is the head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the organization involved with trying to get a measure on the 2018 ballot that would repeal the ban on felons automatically getting their voting rights...
Bob Dillinger

Pinellas has high drug possession arrest rate: report

Pinellas has a higher arrest rate for drug possession than just about any other county in Florida. A new report from Human Rights Watch and the ACLU puts Pinellas in the top five counties in...
Bruce Wright

Will Florida Legislature consider a Homeless Bill of Rights?

A new bill is being proposed by Florida homeless advocates; it’s called the Homeless Bill of Rights. Our guest on MidPoint is Rev. Bruce Wright, with The Refuge and the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign....

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