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The Activist Newsletter (9/20–9/28)

Photo courtesy of Jason D'Amours.

Photo courtesy of Jason D’Amours.

This week (9/20 – 9/28), activists have the opportunity to participate supply drives, town halls, film screenings and marches! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding farmworker’s rights, the drug war, immigration reform, or racial justice.


Sept. 13 – 22, Post-Irma Supply Drive for Immokalee, FL

For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


Wed., Sept. 20, Cannabis Legislative Town Hall Meeting @ 7 – 9 P.M.

Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL 34285

The Compassionate Cannabis Clinic will be hosting an educational discussion on legal cannabis prior to the 2018 legislative session. Guest speakers include Florida House of Representatives Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith and political activist Gary Stein. Both Smith and Stein have fought for decriminalization and expansion of medical marijuana benefits for Floridians. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


Fri., Sept. 22, DACA Info Session and Renewal Clinic @ 5 – 7 P.M.

HCL 8, New College of Florida

In light of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA, New College of Florida has partnered with multiple local organizations to host an informational clinic on DACA and learn how you can protect yourself. This workshop aims to provide support, protection and healing to impacted community members and fight for human dignity. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


Mon., Sept. 25, “Food Chains” Film Screening @ 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

In this expose, a group of Florida farmworkers take on the global supermarket industry through the Fair Food Program in an effort to improve working conditions for farmworkers. Attend this free, public screening to learn more about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and how to get involved in the fight for farmworker’s rights. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


Tues., Sept. 26, Beyond the War on Drugs @ 6:30 – 8 P.M.

North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Stand Up Fight Back SRQ will host this three-part discussion series on drug decriminalization, racial injustice, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry and how to better our communities. If interested in contributing to this discussion, please contact Katherine Norman at KatherineNormanEO@Gmail.com. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


Tues., Sept. 26, Immigration Update from Texas to Florida @ 7 – 9 P.M.

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

This discussion will cover recent developments affecting immigrants in the US, including DACA, law SB-4 in Texas and a review of relevant legislative activity in Florida. Attendees will be joined via video conference by Bob Libal, Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that fights deportation and mass incarceration. Light snacks will be provided. Beverages will be available for purchase. Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/9-26ImmigrationUpdate.


Thurs., Sept. 28, POWER + PRESENCE Film Screening @ 6:30 – 8 P.M.

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

This is the first in a three-part series of Socially Engaged Art film screenings. POWER + PRESENCE profiles artists working in and with communities to elevate visibility of the unrepresented, creating portraits and spaces for agency, well-being, growth and transformation. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


Sat., Sept. 30, Florida March for Black Women @ 3 – 8 P.M.

Women’s Detention Center, 1401 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33136

Join the Miami Workers Center to center the experiences of Black women from all walks of life. For more information, check out the event page. There will be a roundtrip bus taking activists from Sarasota to Miami. For more info on the bus, contact Shakira Refos at shakira.refos@gmail.com and check out the event page: http://rallybus.net/march-for-black-women


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