The Activist Newsletter (3/6 – 3/13)
photo courtesy of Bryan Ellis PSL, Answer Suncoast, and local community members protest police brutality at the SPD's National Night Out.

The Activist Newsletter (3/6 – 3/13)

Throughout this week (3/6 – 3/13), activists have the opportunity to participate in public meetings, lectures and fundraisers. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding reproductive rights, prison reform and environmental protection.

Thurs., Mar. 7, Planned Parenthood Fundraiser – Fighting for Truth and Care for All @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota – 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

Join Planned Parenthood for a night of cocktails, dinner and bidding on silent auction items, all benefiting Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. The featured speaker will be Irin Carmon, co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and senior correspondent at New York Magazine. A Next Generation (under 30 years old) ticket costs $100. Tickets may be purchased online at

Fri., Mar. 8, Project 180: An International Perspective @ 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Michael’s on East – 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota.

Select Prisons in Norway, Iceland and beyond have made international news for being the best in the world. What philosophical foundations and social intent drive these institutions? What types of housing, programs and activities do they provide? Are they successful in preparing incarcerated citizens for reentry and reducing recidivism? The lecture will feature James M. Byree, Ph.D., associate chair and professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Professor Byrne has researched the link between prison culture and community culture and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Lecture tickets cost $35 and include the cost of lunch. Payment and registration can be sent to P.O. Box 25684, Sarasota, FL, 34234. Registration is also available on Eventbrite at

Sun., Mar. 10, What is a Trauma Informed Community?: A Community Conversation @ 3 – 5 p.m.

Selby Library Auditorium – 1331 1st Street, Sarasota.

Begin exploring what a “Trauma-Informed Community” in Sarasota might look like and how to facilitate one. The featured speaker will be Robin Saenger, founder of Peace4Tarpon, a Trauma-Informed Community Initiative. A Healing Neen video will also be featured. There will be a facilitated discussion and brainstorming. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Mon., Mar. 11, Sierra Club Manatee Conservation Committee @ 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Central Library – 1301 Barcarrota Avenue, Bradenton.

Help the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club contribute to sound environmental policy. Sierra Club’s mission is to enjoy and protect the natural places in the community, teach others to understand and respect the fragile environment and promote the responsible use of Florida’s ecosystems and resources. Contact Sandra Ripberger at 941-794-3878 or for more information.

Tues., Mar. 12, Political Trivia and Potluck @ 6 p.m.

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

Test your knowledge of the United States Constitution and political system. Fun and educational! The trivia session and potluck will be hosted by Move to Amend, an organization seeking to blunt corporate power via a constitutional amendment that ends corporate personhood and states that money is not speech. This event is free and open to the public.

Leave a Reply