In the last week before the midterm elections (10/31–11/7), this Activist Newsletter brings you all things political! Activists have the opportunity to support transgender students’ rights at the upcoming School Board meeting, participate in phone bankings and canvassing for the upcoming election and gain some last-minute knowledge about the ballot before voting on Nov. 6! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding the midterm elections and transgender rights!
Thurs., Nov. 1, What You Need to Know / Phone Bank @ 5:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Old Mail Room – 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.
Join Generation Action for answers to any final questions about the upcoming election. Club leaders will discuss the amendments on the ballot, what to do if you get denied voting at the polls, provisional ballots and more. After the panel, the club will be hosting a phone bank to make calls to voters to discuss Amendment 4, which aims to restore voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions. Bring a smartphone, laptop and earbuds!
Thurs., Nov. 1, #TeamGillum Phone Bank @ 6 – 8 p.m.
Hosted by DeeAnna – 2377 Burton Ln., Sarasota.
Do you love talking on the phone? Want to get engaged in democracy? Come out and make some calls for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum! Bring a smartphone, laptop and earbuds. Visit https://www.volunteersignup.org/3CJLB to sign up.
Fri., Nov. 2, Happy Hour Phone Bank @ 5 – 7 p.m.
The Reserve – 1322 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.
Make some last-minute calls with Planned Parenthood in preparation for the election at this local coffee shop / bookstore. Keep up the energy with a handcrafted coffee beverage and locally-made pastries!
Sat., Nov. 3, Election Trivia @ 6 – 8 p.m.
New College of Florida, HCL 8 – 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.
Come test your knowledge about our country’s democratic process and the fast-approaching midterm elections at this trivia night, hosted by Democracy Matters! There will be pizza and prizes!
Mon., Nov. 5, “Get Out the Vote” Canvass @ 5 – 7 p.m.
On the last day before the election, join forces with Planned Parenthood and knock some doors in the Sarasota community! Visit https://plannedparenthoodevents.ngpvanhost.com/ngpvanforms/57394 to sign up. Location will be provided after filling out the online form.
Tues., Nov. 6, Support Sarasota’s New Trans Inclusive School Guidelines @ 4 p.m.
Sarasota County Schools – 1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota.
On Nov. 6 the Sarasota County School Board will hold its biweekly meeting. The Party for Socialism and Liberation – Florida (PSL) and Answer Suncoast invites community members to join them at the meeting in supporting Sarasota County Schools’ newly released “Gender Diverse Guidelines” that recognize and protect trans and nonbinary students’ gender identities. It is expected that these guidelines will be discussed at the upcoming School Board meeting.
Tues., Nov. 6, Election Night Watch Party @ 7 – 11 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center – 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota.
It’s the night we’ve all been waiting for! And what better way to watch the results roll in than with your friends and fellow community members! Join the Suncoast Women of Action and Progressive Sarasota and enjoy live music from NexxLevel Band, featuring Troy Nichols from Tuesday Morning Soul School. Food and drink will be available for purchase; admission is free!