The Activist Newsletter (10/24 – 10/31)
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The Activist Newsletter (10/24 – 10/31)

Throughout this week (10/24–10/31), activists have the opportunity to participate in phone bankings for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, early voting drives and town halls, to name just a few! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding the midterm elections, gun reform and conflict resolution!


Thurs., Oct. 25, Active Listening Techniques in Conflict, @ 6 p.m.

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

Join New College’s Health Education Coordinator Robyn Manning-Samuels and Title IX Coordinator Becca Sarver in the final event of Free Speech Week, a workshop about interacting in conflict situations. Free Speech Week, organized by the SA[u]CE office, NCF Democrats, the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC), Students Demand Action and Generation Action, offered students an educational week of activities, workshops and conversations.


Sat., Oct. 27, Neighborhood Canvassing @ 9:30 a.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church – 1680 18th St., Sarasota.

Join forces with Progressive Sarasota to canvas Precincts 115 and 103 and help promote their upcoming Souls to the Polls event. Meet at the Bethlehem Baptist Church to pick up materials and receive instructions, then hit the road! First-time canvassers will be paired with an experienced canvasser. Visit to sign up.


Sun., Oct. 28, Souls to the Polls @ 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Want to vote early? Need a ride to the polls? Progressive Sarasota is offering free trolley service to the North Sarasota Public Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re interested in volunteering at the early voting tables at the library, visit to sign up. Afterwards, join the Suncoast Women of Action, the North Sarasota Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Progressive Sarasota, with support from the Sarasota chapters of Black Lives Matter and Indivisible Northeast, for a celebration at Newtown Estates Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be free food, refreshments and entertainment!

Free rides will be available to the polls for early voting, starting Oct. 22 till Nov. 3. Call 941-364-7530 to schedule a ride. Rides must be scheduled before 1 p.m., one day in advance.


Mon., Oct. 29, Tidal Town Hall: Candidate Forum @ 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota – 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota.

This forum will host candidates running for office at all levels of government, including Congress, Florida’s state legislature and local municipal positions and address their ideas for solutions to problems like sea level rise and other related topics. Candidates will be asked questions regarding their plans for action to protect Floridians from the risks inherent in climate change and rising sea levels. Don’t miss this chance to hear directly from candidates before you head to the polls on Nov. 6. This event is free and open to the public! The pre-event reception begins at 5:30 p.m., where voters can meet the candidates and enjoy refreshments.


Mon., Oct. 29, Confronting Gun Violence in America @ 6:30 p.m.

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

Dr. Thomas Gabor, noted Florida and international gun safety expert and author, will speak on “Gun Violence: Trends and Solutions” and answer questions after his talk. His recent book Confronting Gun Violence in America, which examines the link between gun ownership and homicide, suicide and unintentional death, will also be available for sale. There will be a food truck and refreshments available for purchase. This event is sponsored by Bookstore1Sarasota, the Social Justice Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota and WSLR Radio and is joined by the Sarasota Chapter of the Brady Coalition. Email to reserve seats!

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