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Hundreds gather in Tampa for March on Climate

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Hundreds gathered in downtown Tampa Saturday morning to protest the Trump administration’s stance on climate change. A similar scene was duplicated in twenty other cities around Florida, with hundreds more across the nation. “We know that climate change is happening. That’s why we’re here today,” said Dana Lazarus, the climate change organizer for Organize Now, as she kicked off the event at Lykes Gaslight Park. “And we cannot let climate change deniers keep us from saving our planet and our city, right? Because…

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Local faith leaders demand Tampa Bay-area prosecutors stop seeking death penalty

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A week after a national study singled out Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties as outliers in advocating for death penalty cases, a coalition of religious figures spoke out in Tampa Monday to demand that the state attorneys in those two jurisdictions, Pinellas’ Bernie McCabe and Hillsborough’s Mark Ober, cease calling for any further capital cases. “The moment is here. It’s our opportunity as faith leaders and as people of good will across the state of Florida, particularly Tampa Bay, to say it’s…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.15.16 – No Tebowing in Cleveland

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Bad news for folks who were psyched that Tim Tebow was announced on Thursday to be a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Like Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady before him, Tebow became the latest (former) pro quarterback who has disavowed any intentions that he would be speaking at Donald Trump’s party next week. “My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible. And if one day that’s in the…

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Activists in Tampa want to put police review board issue on the ballot

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A coalition of activists groups in Tampa announced on Wednesday that they’re unsatisfied with the citizens review board to review police actions that was created late last year, and they intend to get the issue on the city ballot this fall to make it stronger. Tampa for Justice, the group formed last year that led the charge for the city to create such an agency, held a news conference at the headquarters of the Hillsborough County branch of the NAACP on Wednesday,…

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Tampa activists call on City Council to stay strong in civilian review board fight

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On Thursday, the Tampa City Council will hold a workshop to discuss the proposal floated by County Chairman Frank Reddick that would allow council to select the majority of members on the newly created police civilian review board. Specifically, Reddick’s plan gives the Council seven selections, one for each member. Mayor Bob Buckhorn could name the two remaining board members and the two alternates. That’s not what the mayor has announced. His plan calls for him to name nine of the 11 members…

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Activists want Hillsborough School District to join program ensuring free breakfast & lunch for students

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On the first day of school, in Hillsborough County and throughout the state, activists in stood in front of Miles Elementary School in North Tampa. They were there to call on the Hillsborough County School District to get with the program — the community eligibility program, to be specific — which allows qualifying high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students without having to collect and process individual meal applications. “We have a bureaucratic problem right now,” said…

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