The Activist Newsletter: 3/25-3/23
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The Activist Newsletter: 3/25-3/23

This week (3/15 – 3/23), activists have the opportunity to participate in events regarding immigrant rights, LGBTQ+ rights, racial and ethnic equality. Check out every week for an extended calendar of events!

  • Wed, March 15 Vigil for Immigrants Planning Meeting @ 6 – 8 p.m.

Quaker Friends, 3139 57th St, Sarasota, Florida 34243

All of Us Sarasota is planning a candlelight vigil in front of House Representative Vern Buchanan’s (R-Sarasota) office to honor of the millions of immigrants and their families who have been detained, deported and de-humanized by anti-immigrant policies. To RSVP or for more info, check out the event page on Facebook:

  • Sat, March 18 Vern Buchanan Town Hall @ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Van Wezel Perfoming Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL 34236

After heavy pressure from the Sarasota community, House Representative Vern Buchanan (R-Sarasota) will be hosting a public Town Hall to discuss health care, social security, immigrant rights, environmental issues or any other topics constituents want to discuss. Attendees must RSVP on Buchanan’s website:

  • Sat, March 18 Manatee Pride Walk @ 12 – 6 p.m.

Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205

This annual LGBTQ+ pride walk is a fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, a group that provides support for LGBTQ+ youth in Manatee County. The event will feature dozens of musicians, artists, local vendors, food and beverages. For more info, check out!

  • Sun, March 19 Rodney Mitchell Dinner & Documentary @ 5 – 9 p.m.

Fogartyville Community Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Rear, Sarasota, FL 34236

Join the Rodney Mitchell Foundation in remembering Rodney Mitchell, his story and his tragic murder at the hands of Sarasota Sheriff’s deputies Troy Sasse and Adam Shaw on June 11, 2012. For more info and to RSVP, check out the event page on Facebook:

  • Mon, March 20 Urban Cafes and Modern Jewish Culture @ 7 – 9 p.m.

USF St. Pete College of Business, 140 7th Ave S, St. Pete, FL 33701

Dr. Shachar Pinsker, associate professor of Hebrew and Jewish Literature and Culture at the University of Michigan, will explore cafe culture in Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, Berlin, New York City and Tel Aviv, showing how Jewish migrants creatively moved ideas through global cafes networks in the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. For more info or to RSVP, check out the event page on Facebook.

  • Wed, March 22 An Evening with Yaa Gyasi @ 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, Florida 33620

USF College of Arts and Sciences and the Institute on Black Life presents Yaa Gyasi, New York Times Best-Selling author of Homegoing, a story that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across 300 years in Ghana and America. Join for this exciting discussion as Gyasi explores contemporary craft, cultural identity and the complex racial landscape of America’s past and present. There will be a book signing following the lecture. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.

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