The Activist Newsletter (11/15 – 11/23)
This week (11/15 – 11/23), activists have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions, educational lectures and peaceful gatherings! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding activist art, racial equality, anti-fascism, trans rights or environmental issues.
Wed., Nov. 15, Art as Protest @ 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The Studio@620, 620 1st Ave S, St. Pete, FL 33701
This panel discussion invites a diverse group of artists and organizers to discuss the ways they apply creativity in their socially-active work. The evening will include a short cocktail hour followed by presentations and panel discussion. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door to benefit the ACLU Pinellas Chapter. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Thurs., Nov. 16, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead @ 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave S, St. Pete, FL 33711
Frank Meeink, author of “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead,” will share his personal story. By age 17, he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. By age 18, he was convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang. In prison he befriended men of different races who he used to think he hated. Now a noted speaker and author, Meeink’s life stands for tolerance and diversity. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling The Florida Holocaust Museum at 727.820.0100, extension 301. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Fri., Nov. 17, White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and Neo-Fascism @ 7 – 9:45 p.m.
Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road North, St. Pete, FL 33703
Investigative journalist and author Chip Berlet is a progressive activist, journalist and scholar who has spent over 30 years studying bigoted right-wing movements. The “Social Justice Shabbat” will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:45 p.m. and concluded by a Q&A and dessert reception. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Mon., Nov. 20, Trans Day of Remembrance @ 6 – 7:30 p.m.
ALSO Youth, 1470 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual, international observance to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by trans people. ALSO Youth is hosting memorial event to commemorate the 25 known deaths of trans people in the US this year. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.
Tues., Nov. 21, Fracking in Florida @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Rear, Sarasota, FL 34236
The oil and gas industry continues to use fracking and other forms of drilling in Florida. Over the past several years, Food & Water Watch has partnered with local activists, community leaders and residents from across the state to form the Floridians Against Fracking coalition. Attend this free event to learn more about fracking in Florida. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.