The Activist Newsletter (11/14 – 11/21)
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The Activist Newsletter (11/14 – 11/21)

Throughout this week (11/14–11/21), activists have the opportunity to participate in public lectures, film screenings and community meetings. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding environmental protection, knowledge building and political engagement!


Wed., Nov. 14, Toxic Puzzle Film Screening @ 6 – 8 p.m.

Manatee Community Foundation – 2820 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

After a particularly long-lasting and harmful red tide this summer, this documentary is especially timely. This award-winning film chronicles the emerging research on a connection between exposure to cyanobacteria (i.e., blue-green algae, which causes toxic algae blooms primarily in fresh waters) and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s. A panel discussion will follow the screening. This event is free and open to the public.


Thurs., Nov. 15, Campus Conversations: Rap: The Poetry of Hip-Hop @ 5:30 – 7 p.m.

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

Led by Professor of Greek Language and Literature Carl Shaw and alumnus Paul Loriston (‘14), this installment of Campus Conversations will facilitate discussion on the history, content and sophisticated poetics of today’s rap. This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited; attendees are invited to register ahead of time at


Fri., Nov. 16, Prayer Protection and Solidarity @ 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Islamic Society of Sarasota – 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota.

Every Friday, join in with a local group of Sarasotans as they meet on the sidewalk of the Islamic Society of Sarasota’s Mosque to stand in protection and solidarity with and for the worshipers arriving for Friday prayer.


Fri., Nov. 16, Collage for a Cause @ 6:30 p.m.

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

Join the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), with Young Adults Program Director Katie Breslin, for a workshop on writing letters to the editor (LTEs) and collaging. This is not a workshop that will teach how to write a LTE on a certain topic or platform. Rather, it will teach how to master the skill of conveying your ideas and thoughts! There will be coffee, pastries, snacks and plenty of magazines!


Sat., Nov. 17, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Meeting @ 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

North Sarasota Public Library – 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.

In their monthly meeting, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will talk about their recent trip to Washington, D.C., and their meeting in their representative’s office, discuss possible actions for November, communicate on climate change topics, hear a speaker via Zoom and celebrate past CCL successes.


Tues., Nov. 20, The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilization @ 6 – 10 p.m.

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

This film deals with the inevitable question of sustainability in our present world and questions what will come next. Following the stories of projects and people from four continents, this film sheds light on people who are re-imagining what our society can be. Fogartyville will host a potluck beginning at 6 p.m., and the film at 7 p.m. Co-Director of Transition US Don Hall will be on hand to facilitate a discussion following the film.

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