The Activist Newsletter: 3/1-3/9

This week (3/1 – 3/9), activists have the opportunity to participate in rallies, marches, local meetings, panel discussions, an fundraisers! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding racial justice, worker’s rights, GMOs, intersectional feminism, trans rights, disability and mental health awareness or general civil disobedience. Check out every week for an extended calendar of events!

Wed, Mar 1 Rise Up! Operation Resistance @ 4 – 6 p.m.

Federal Courthouse, 299 E Broward Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Join activists to show Donald Trump and his administration that the people will stand up against bigotry, hate, and oppression on all fronts. Protestors will occupy the area in front of the Federal Courthouse. Bring signs. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook:


Wed, Mar 1 BLM Tampa Meeting @ 7 – 9 p.m.

West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W Union St, Tampa, FL 33607

Join Black Lives Matter Tampa and Stand Up for Racial Justice Tampa for invigorating education and discussion! Members dive deep into important history that affects today’s fight for racial justice. Bring your friends! For more info, check out the event page on Facebook:


Wed, Mar 1 American Myths and Agrarian Critiques @ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

USF CWY Building, Room 206, Nowatney, FL, 33613

USF College of Arts and Sciences invites Dell deChant to present an agrarian critique of contemporary American society and its basis in concepts of the sacred that are radically different from those articulated in the myths of late-capitalist globalized culture. deChant’s lecture is based in part on his essay, “The Romance of the End of World.” For more information, check out the event page on Facebook:


Thurs, March 2 Feminism in the Black Lives Matter Movement @ 7 – 9 p.m.

USF Cooper Hall, Room 126 @ 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620

Join the intimate conversation with community leaders on the state of the Black Lives Matter movement locally and nationally and its intersection with feminism. This talk will feature Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, cultural anthropologist and an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, and Donna Davis, an experienced community organizer and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Tampa chapter. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook:


Fri, Mar 3 Java for Justice @ 7 – 9 p.m.

USF Amphitheater, Tampa, FL, 33620

International Justice Mission at USF is once again hosting Java for Justice, an open-mic event with great music, poetry, spoken word and, of course, free fair-trade coffee. If you would like to perform or would like more info, check out the event page on Facebook:


Fri, Mar 3 Wall of Love: Trans Is Beautiful @ 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

7th Ave Ybor, Historic Ybor, Tampa, FL 33605

Activists will surround themselves with flags and signs on the sidewalk across the street from 7-11 for a memorial reading in honor of the six trans women murdered in the US so far this year. Organizers are looking for as many trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and drag entertainers to stand together in a human wall in solidarity and protest. Bring rainbow and trans flags and signs supporting the trans community. Organizers also need cisgender people (especially cisgender women) who agree to accompany trans folks to safe bathrooms nearby. For more info or if you’d like to help, check out the event page on Facebook:


Sat, Mar 4 Sarasota Walk to Defeat ALS @ 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook:


Sun, Mar 5 EveryBODY: Walk for Eating Disorder Awareness @ 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607

Join The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness to help raise awareness and promote education about eating disorders and early intervention. 100% of the proceeds raised at the walk will pay for printing, production and shipping of the Florida Eating Disorders Referral Guide and to start clinician led support groups in the Tampa Bay community. Join Guest Speaker McCall Dempsey as she shares her story of healing from a 15 year battle with an eating disorder. There will be live performances and a cathartic scale-smashing after the walk. Registration begins at 9, with student tickets at $15 and $5 for pets. The walk is a distance of one mile. The first 300 participants registered will receive event t-shirt and gift bag! For more info, check out the event page on Facebook:


Sun, Mar 5 Trans Rights Rally @ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Despite a lack of interest or forward movement by the school board, the Nate’s List has tirelessly protested, spoke, and rallied for trans rights in Sarasota County. Please bring anti-Trump and trans rights protest signs. Contact Nate Quinn on Facebook if you require any accommodations, would like to speak, or if you have any questions. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook:

Mon, Mar 6 Coalition of Immokalee Workers + Women! @ 6 – 7:30 p.m.

University of South Florida, MSC 3707

Join the collaboration of Triota Honor Society at USF, United Students Against Sweatshops and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) as students spend an evening learning about how CIW empowers women and have successfully addressed gender based violence in farm working communities and in the working fields! There will be a short film viewing, a presentation and a Q&A. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook:


Tues, Mar 7 Speak Out for Trans Rights @ 6:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sarasota County Schools, 1960 Landings Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34231

After rallying support on Sun, Mar. 5, the Nate’s List campaign will host a speak out during the Sarasota County School Board Meeting. Nate’s List demands inclusive bathroom and locker room policies, adding gender identity and expression to anti-harassment policies, and training staff and faculty on inclusion of trans identities. Please prepare 3 minute speeches and sign up to speak when you arrive. (Don’t worry if you definitely do not want to speak. Simply showing up for the cause is helpful.) For more info, check out the event page on Facebook:


Tues, Mar 7 Know Your Food: GMO Labeling @ 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Rear, Sarasota, FL 34236

What are GMOs? Are they safe? Which foods might contain GMOs? How can I avoid them? These are some questions that will be answered at Stand Up Fight Back SRQ’s informative potluck event. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook:

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