Throughout this week (10/23 – 10/30), activists have the opportunity to participate in public talks, group meetings and walks of solidarity. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding food waste reduction, farmworkers’ rights and anti-racist work.
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Saturday, Nov. 2
Eat Local Week 2019
Celebrate sustainable food and farming while learning about reducing worldwide food insecurity at Transition Sarasota’s annual Eat Local Week. This year’s theme, “Exploring Food Waste,” will explore topics such as hunger, food loss, and wasted resources through various events, including tours of recycling facilities and compost sites, plant walks with local experts and a zero-waste vegan and vegetarian-friendly dinner prepared by renowned chef Gaetano Cannata. For more information about event details, including locations, times and costs, visit transitionsrq.org/eatlocalweek. This series of events is open to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 24
An Evening with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
@ 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
HCL 7 – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota FL
Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) about farmworker rights, the Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) and the Fair Food Program over dinner at An Evening with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. This event, put on by New College students involved with the SFA, is intended to encourage students to make connections with farmworkers within the coalition and to get more involved with the SFA in the future. This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Not Giving Up: Maintaining Our Commitment to Justice in Unjust Times
@ 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fox Hall – Eckerd College – 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL
Join Eckerd students for anti-racist educator Tim Wise’s “Not Giving Up: Maintaining Our Commitment to Justice in Unjust Times”, a talk regarding Wise’s activism experience and the work that needs to be done to dismantle racism in America, particularly within times of turmoil. Tim Wise is the author of several highly-acclaimed books, including his memoir, “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” and “Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America”. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
@ 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The Ringling Bridge – 1667 Spring Creek Dr, Sarasota, FL
Join members of Queens of Domestic Violence Awareness, a local organization dedicated to spreading awareness of intimate partner violence and providing support for survivors, in their Domestic Violence Awareness Walk over the Sarasota Ringling Bridge. This organization seeks to educate the Sarasota community about signs of domestic violence, how relationship abuse intersects with other social factors and actions that can be taken to support individuals in dangerous and abusive situations. This event is $20 per person, with all proceeds benefiting Queens of Domestic Violence Awareness, and is open to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 26
#HashtagLunchbag Sarasota Monthly Meet-Up
@ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Raffurty’s Bar and Grill – 1888 Main St, Sarasota, FL
Volunteer with Sarasota’s chapter of #HashtagLunchbag, a global movement dedicated to bringing meals to those who need them most and spreading love within local communities, at the group’s monthly meet-up and action. Help out with packing up bagged lunches, writing notes of encouragement and distributing much-needed food to Sarasota’s homeless population. This meet-up is $10 to cover food costs and is open to the public.