The Activist Newsletter (9/12 – 9/27)

Giulia Heyward/Catalyst

Throughout these two weeks (9/12–9/27), activists have the opportunity to participate in voter registration, community meetings, environmental awareness gatherings and a lecture series! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding local politics, environmental activism or knowledge building.

Thurs., Sept. 13, Voter Registration Postcard Party @ 4 – 7 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center – 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota.

Gearing up for the midterm elections in November, join Fogartyville in sending out postcards to petition signers who were rejected by the Supervisor of Elections because they were not registered to vote. With the help of countless petitions, Amendment 4 made it on the Florida ballot this year and aims to restore voting rights to convicted felons, excluding those convicted of murder or sexual assault. Help send out postcards to get these petition signers registered to vote in November! To sign up for the event, visit https://www.volunteersignup.org/3EXH3.

Sat., Sept. 15, 2nd Liberation Breakfast in Newtown! @ 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Newtown Estates Park – 2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.

Answer Suncoast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation will discuss the current nationwide prison strikes during their second ever Liberation Breakfast, now hosted on the third Saturday of every month. Providing sustenance in the form of both food and books, the event offers free breakfast and a selection of works that can be taken or borrowed and returned at the next breakfast. Visit the Party for Socialism and Liberation – Florida Facebook page for more information about the event.

Thurs., Sept. 20, Environmental Q&A @ 6 – 8 p.m.
Shelf Indulgence Used Book Cafe – 2805 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

Led by Stocking Savvy Environmental Consulting, and featuring local biologist Sean Patton, tune in to find the answers to all your environmental woes. This Q&A session addresses any issues one might have managing ponds, lakes or gardens. Throughout the evening, indulge in the cafe’s baked goods, coffee and, of course, books. If other plans arise, don’t fret; Shelf Indulgence has monthly Environmental Q&As on the calendar up to December.

Thurs., Sept. 27, Roxane Gay in Tampa @ 7:30 p.m.
David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts – 1010 N. Macinnes Pl., Tampa.

In this free event, best-selling author of Bad Feminist Roxane Gay will give a talk as part of the University of South Florida’s (USF) Frontier Forum lecture series. In her much-awaited memoir Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the nuances of pleasure, body and consumption are among just some of the topics she explores, through her own experiences. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required. Visit www.roxanegay.com for more information.

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