Activist Newsletter (11/7 – 11/14)
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Activist Newsletter (11/7 – 11/14)

Throughout this week (11/7–11/14), activists have the opportunity to participate in public lectures, panel discussions, community meetings and volunteer trainings. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding environmental protection, knowledge building and reproductive health/rights.


Thurs., Nov. 8, Queer/Kuir/Quare Panel Discussion @ 6 – 9 p.m.

New College of Florida, College Hall Music Room – 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

Presented by the Queer of Color Critique tutorial, this panel discussion will focus on the radical identity negotiations of queer people of color (QPOC). The panel features Dr. Katie Acosta, a sociologist from Georgia State University who studies Latinas with non-normative sexualties, Johanna Toruño, a poet and visual artist from New York who engages the public on topics of race, gender, sexuality and colonialism through her street art, and Dr. Duane Khan, assistant program director at the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC). Khan also conducts research on gay, bisexual and queer men of color. This event is free and open to the public.


Fri., Nov. 9, Zine Workshop @ 6:30 – 10 p.m.

New College of Florida, Four Winds Cafe – 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

Dip your toes into the art of zine making at this workshop presented by the Queer of Color Critique tutorial, with Johanna Toruño, creator of The Unapologetically Brown Series. This is the first of two zine workshops led by the tutorial that will culminate in a Zine Launch in December. This event is free and open to the public.


Sat., Nov. 10, Patient Escort Training (and brunch!) @ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

New College of Florida, Four Winds Cafe – 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

Planned Parenthood enlists volunteer patient escorts to accompany patients into their health clinics on days when pro-life groups are known to protest outside. Patient escorts are trained to make clients feel comfortable and safe while walking into a health center. Join New College’s Generation Action, a student activist group for Planned Parenthood, at their patient escort training on Saturday to learn proper procedure as a Planned Parenthood volunteer and how to best support patients. Stephanie Fraim, CEO of Southwest and Central Florida Planned Parenthood, will also give a post-election debrief.


Mon., Nov. 12, The Five Percenters: Race, Religion and American Islam @ 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Eckerd College, Fox Hall – Dorm Dr., St. Petersburg.

Michael Muhammed Knight, assistant professor of philosophy at University of Central Florida (UCF), will present on the history and teachings of the Five Percenters, a religious group that emerged in the 1960s in Harlem during the schism between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad. He will examine the movement’s struggle for its incarcerated members’ freedom of conscience, as well as both criticism and credit the movement has received. This event is part of Eckerd College’s Presidential Events Series, “Race and Class in America: 50 years without King,” and is free and open to the public.


Tues., Nov. 13, Sierra Club Conservation Committee @ 6:30 p.m.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center – 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota.

The Conservation Committee is a working group of the Manatee-Sarasota chapter of the Sierra Club that investigates local issues and recommends positions/actions to the local executive committee. This meeting is open to the public.

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