Throughout this week (11/13-11/20), activists have the opportunity to participate in workshops, volunteer events and protests. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding sustainability, community organizing and national politics.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Sustainable Communities Workshop
@ 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc – 4780 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota FL
Join the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Transition Sarasota, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, the City of Sarasota Government and the Sarasota County Government for the 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop. Through this year’s theme, “Growing Greener Generations,” this event seeks to educate locals on building a better future for the Sarasota community through sustainable means. Keynote speakers Josh Tickell, Chris Castro and Syd Kitson will present on topics including the current climate, sustainable goals, clean energy and responsible growth. This event is $45 and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Thanksgiving Basket Brigade
@ 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tiny Hands Foundation – 8388 South Tamiami Trail #153, Sarasota FL
Help members of the Tiny Hands Foundation, a local organization that seeks to improve impoverished children’s lives through charitable initiatives, achieve their goal of providing 1,000 holiday food baskets to families in need in the Sarasota area this Thanksgiving season at the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. To volunteer and assist in passing out baskets, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Tiny Hands Foundation also takes monetary donations through their website and non-perishable vegetable and side dish donations through the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota. This event is free and open to all registered volunteers.
Sunday, Nov. 17
Sarasota Honk to Impeach Pop Up Protest
@ 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Golden Gate Point Intersection – Ringling Causeway – Sarasota FL
Peacefully protest with fellow activists by holding up “IMPEACH 45” signs over the Ringling Causeway, encouraging passing cars to honk in support of the motion to impeach President Trump. Event planners Candee Roberts, Joanne McCarthy, Rita Fox and Mary Ann Finkel stress that this gathering is about protecting democracy in America, not party politics, and that all are invited to show their support for impeachment and political change. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
@ 6:30 p.m-8 pm
LBR 156 – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota FL
Get ready for the upcoming 2020 election cycle with the New College Democrats and the Manasota Young Democrats at Organizing 101, an educational training event focusing on the current Democratic candidates, their policies and their abilities to fight for systemic change. Enjoy a free dinner while discussing how to become a community activist, both at New College and beyond. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Transgender Day of Rememberance
@ 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
ALSO Youth – 1470 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota FL
Honor Transgender Day of Rememberance at ALSO Youth’s candlelight vigil, joining queer community members and allies in memorializing those who have lost their lives to acts of transphobic violence. This event seeks to remember those who are gone, support those in mourning and prepare event-goers to continue fighting against hate in the future. Candles and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.