The Activist Newsletter (2/27 – 3/6)

The Activist Newsletter (2/27 – 3/6)

Throughout this week (2/27 – 3/6), activists have the opportunity to participate in public meetings, book clubs, read-ins and panel discussions. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding constitutional rights, racial equality and economic equality.  

Thurs., Feb. 28, Black Literature Read-In  @ 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

New College of Florida – Jane Bancroft Cook Library – 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

The Black Literature Read-In, part of Black History Month (BHM) programming at New College, is an event where members of the community read aloud inspirational texts written by Black authors. The event will feature a talk by Dr. Wes Bellamy of Virginia State University and is co-sponsored by the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee (USF-SM). The children’s read-in starts at 11:30 a.m. The full read-in begins at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Fri., Mar. 1, Political Book Club; We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights @ 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

North Public Library – 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.

Move to Amend Manasota invites you to participate in a political book club. Over six weeks, participants will read and discuss We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) professor of law Adam Winkler. In this compelling and beautifully written book, Winkler provides readers with, as activist David Cole puts it, “an eye-opening account of how corporations became ‘persons’ entitled to constitutional rights and used those rights to impede efforts to regulate them in the interests of real people.” The book club will be limited to 15 participants. If you are interested in participating, email Carol Lerner at with “Political Book Club” in the subject line.

Tues., Mar. 5, An Authoritarian Takeover? Discuss what YOU can do about it @ 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Selby Library Auditorium – 1331 1st St., Sarasota.

Join Sarasota Stands Together (SST) for a fascinating discussion with Dr. Dale Anderson about authoritarian tendencies and the path to fascist/demagogic control of American political institutions. This tendency stretches back much further than just the last two years. The response must focus on long term measures, while not losing sight of the next elections. What proactive measures can we take to protect our democracy? Come early for refreshments and networking! This event is free and open to the public.

Tues., Mar. 5, The Economics of Inequality @  6:30 – 9 p.m.

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

The Economics of Inequality, presented by New College Professor of Economics Mark Paul, will explain the causes and consequences of inequality and discuss how we design remedies to address it. This event is free and open to the public.

Tues., Mar. 5, School Board Meeting @  6:30 p.m.

School Board Chambers – 1980 Landings Blvd., Sarasota.

Join the Sarasota County School Board to discuss issues affecting students, teachers and members of the community. All meetings are open to the public and held on the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of every month.

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