This week (11/2 – 11/10), activists have the opportunity to attend spoken word, cultural heritage festivals, speaker panels, documentary screenings and VOTE! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding LGTBQIA+ rights, diversity, the war on drugs, indigenous rights, or national politics.
- Friday, Nov. 4 Coming Out Monologues @ 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Four Winds Cafe
New College of Florida
New College’s Queery Club will be hosting this open mic to provide students and community members with the opportunity to not only share their “coming out” experiences, but also any thoughts and feelings about gender, race sexuality, LGBTQ+ identities and their intersections with religion, race & ethnicity, etc. Participation can take shape through any form, including but not limited to: art, poetry, spoken word, music, and monologue. Allies of the LGBTQ+ community are more than welcome to attend and respectfully listen. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/881924405242952/
- Sunday, Nov. 6 Arab American Cultural Festival @ 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 N US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33610
Attend this cultural heritage festival to celebrate Arabic art, food and traditions. Organized by Tampa’s Arab American Community Center, the festival will feature delicious Arabic food, live Arabic folk dances, Arabic pop music, arts and crafts and more. For more information, visit aaccflorida.org/festival, call (305) 606-7433, or check out the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143659302391006/
- Tuesday, Nov. 8 Election Day @ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. You will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature at the polls. To check your voter status and find your local polling place, go to http://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus. NCF students can check the forum for rideshares to vote early. Contact George Thurlow with any questions regarding the rideshare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, Nov. 9 War on Drugs @ 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
525 Kumquat Ct, Rear, Sarasota, Florida 34236
Discover the state of drug addiction in the Sarasota community through a diverse panel of experts in the field and those closely affected by the epidemic, followed by a moderator led Q & A. This is a potluck event – please bring food to share. This panel is hosted by Stand Up Fight Back SRQ, a non-partisan group of activists who inform and educate the public on issues pertaining to social justice and environment through knowledgeable speakers, flyers, media and protests.
- Thursday, Nov. 10 @ 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
HCL 8 (TBD)
New College of Florida
New College’s Students Targeting Oppressive Powers (STOP) Club will be hosting a documentary screening as part of a series of events to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous peoples in the Americas thoughout the month of November. The film will be When the Mountains Tremble, a movie about Rigoberta Menchú, an indigenous Guatemalan woman who won the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize. Stay tuned for more information regarding the location of the screening on campus and if there will be food.