The Activist Newsletter (9/27–10/4)

The Activist Newsletter (9/27–10/4)


This week (9/27 – 10/4), activists have the opportunity to participate in film screenings, marches, community meetings and workshops! Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding racial justice, environmental issues or the intersection of art and activism.


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 and check out the event page:


Mon., Oct. 2, Microplastics: Global and Local Perspectives @ 4:30 – 6 P.M.

5900 Airport Auditorium Ln, Sarasota, FL 34243

A recent, highly-publicized study shows evidence of global contamination of drinking water with small plastic particles. Where do these particles come from? How do they impact wildlife and human health? Join the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for a discussion of microplastics in Sarasota Bay and beyond. During this meeting, subject experts will present local and global research on the severity and sources of microplastics in the environment and suggest practical solutions for addressing the problem. Following the presentation, the presenters will demonstrate how researchers measure microplastics in water supplies by testing a sample of drinking water from the meeting room. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


Mon., Oct. 2, Bags to Beds Workshop @ 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.

1704 N Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34235

Do you have a closet or cupboard full of plastic shopping bags? Keep meaning to take them back to the store to recycle but never actually getting around to it? Do you feel guilty throwing them in the garbage knowing they will never disintegrate and will pollute the earth? Looking to meet new people and socialize while also giving back to your community? Join Michele Penn on the first Monday and/or second Thursday of each month to learn how to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless out of used plastic grocery and shopping bags. From bags to beds, Michele will teach you the steps to create ‘plarn’ (plastic yarn) and how to crochet this ‘plarn’ into sleeping mats that will then be distributed to the homeless within our community. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.

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