Throughout this week (11/20-11/27), activists have the opportunity to participate in group discussions, strikes and trainings. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding LGBTQ+ rights and representation, disability justice and climate action.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Dialogue on Disability Justice within the New College Community
@ 3-5 p.m.
Gender and Diversity Center – Hamilton Center – 5850 General Dougher Pl., Sarasota, Fla.
Discuss ableism and disability discrimination at New College with fellow community members at Dialogue on Disability Justice, presented by Intergroup Dialogue tutorial. Speak out regarding personal experiences with ableism, learn how to be a better ally to disabled community members and consider the best pathways to make lasting change to the way disability is viewed and discussed, both within the institution of New College and elsewhere. This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff. Signing up via the email on this event sent to the Students’ List is encouraged.
Friday, Nov. 22
Youth Climate Strike
@ 3-4 p.m.
Marina Jack’s “Unconditional Surrender” Statue – Island Park Drive, Sarasota, Fla.
Join Sarasota Students 4 Climate Change, a student-led movement encouraging young people to protest environmental injustice, to demand climate change awareness and action at the group’s weekly Friday for Future strike sessions. The Friday for Future movement seeks to actively involve Sarasota youths in making the change they want to see in the world regarding protecting the planet. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 23
UnCoverstories: LGBTQ+ Book Fair
@ 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Nook – Hamilton Center – 5850 General Dougher Pl, Sarasota FL
Peruse queer literature, win free books and craft with classmates at New College’s first LGBTQ+ book fair. This event features free lunch, black out poetry, zine making, book swaps and student vendors selling a variety of wares including art, food and clothing. The LGBTQ+ Book Fair is free and open to students, faculty and staff.
Sunday, Nov. 24
Equality Forward Training
@ 1-3:30 p.m.
Florida SouthWestern State College – 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers FL
Participate in Equality Florida’s Equality Forward Training to learn about how to fight back against LGBTQ+ discrimination and inequality within the Sarasota community. This activist training will include discussions regarding women, people of color, transgender folks and immgirants in the queer community, along with talks on living with HIV and reducing gun violence. This event is free and open to the public.
Monday, Nov. 25
Responding to Trauma
@ 6-7:30 p.m.
Venice United Church of Christ – 620 Shamrock Blvd, Venice FL
Discuss how to heal and thrive after encountering traumatic life events with SPARCC victim advocate and Resilient Retreat founder Sydney Turner at Sarasota Strong’s Responding to Trauma event. Sarasota Strong is a local group promoting awareness about trauma, supporting individuals throughout their healing process and working towards creating a community that cares for all of its members. This event is free and open to the public.