The Activist Newsletter (10/19 – 10/27)

The Activist Newsletter (10/19 – 10/27)



This week (10/19 – 10/27), activists have the opportunity to attend debate watch parties, boycott protests and educational lectures. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding national politics, racial and ethnic equality, or LGBTQ+ rights.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 Presidential Debate Watch Party @ 7:45 p.m. – 11 p.m.


The Starlite Room

1001 Cocoanut Ave

Sarasota, FL 34236

Planned Parenthood Action Fund is hosting a watch party for the second round of the presidential debates. The support and involvement of members helps secure the future for reproductive health care in America. The debate will be aired on the big screen of the first floor of The Starlite Room where dinner and drinks will be served. The lounge will be open for walk-ins, but it will be on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a table, call Starlite at 941.702.5613. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


  • Sunday, Oct. 23 Boycott Wendy’s Protest during Sarasota Eat Local Week @ 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Wendy’s (near the hospital)

1601 S Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239-2906

Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and allies for a Boycott Wendy’s picket in Sarasota, as part of Eat Local Week 2016. Wendy’s stands alone as the last of five major fast food corporations in the country still holding out from participating in the Fair Food Program. Wendy’s farmworkers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor and even forced labor with little access to protections. Join activists to hold Wendy’s accountable for its corporate social irresponsibility. #BoycottWendys. For more information, email and check out the event page on Facebook.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 Gender Rights as Human Rights @ 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Selby Auditorium

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

A selection of panelists will speak on the topic of gender rights and human rights. Topics will include women in India, rural women in Africa, men’s gender issues in human rights, men’s role in women’s rights and New College’s own student Leen Al-Fatafta will speak about on Arab Feminisms. There will be time for questions from the audience and informal conversation.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 A Conversation with Jim Obergefell @ 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Sainer Pavilion

5313 Bay Shore Rd

Sarasota, FL 34234

The New College Gender Studies Program presents a conversation with Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in last year’s U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states.

Jim Obergefell, now among the most recognized faces in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, will share an intimate, gripping account of the legal precedents and personal hardships behind this unforgettable victory for the gay community. Admission is free. To reserve a seat, go to For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


  • Thursday, Oct. 27 An Evening with Jim Obergefell: Cocktail Reception @ 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Isermann Gallery (behind Sanier Pavilion)

This cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception honoring Jim Obergefell follows his free lecture at Sainer Pavilion. Tickets to the reception are $125 and reservations are limited. An autographed copy of Mr. Obergefell’s book, Love Wins, is included in the ticket price. All proceeds will benefit the New College Gender Studies Program. Tickets are available for purchase at For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.

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