The Activist Newsletter: Where to make a difference for summer 2017

Fighting for a better world doesn’t stop just because its summer! If you’re staying the in Sarasota area over break, there’s still plenty of opportunities to participate in panel discussions, protests, movie screenings, meetings – you name it. Read on if you want to make a difference this summer!

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

525 Kumquat Ct, Rear, Sarasota, Florida 34236

Operated by the PEACenter, the Fogartyville Community Center provides a gathering place where art, culture, music and politics intentionally collide to inspire social change. Known for their potluck events, Fogartyville is a regular venue for all kinds of events that enrich local activist practice. Their film screenings and panel discussions cover a wide range of issues, such as racial and ethnic equality, environmentalism, gun violence, economic justice and more. To stay updated on their summer programming, “like” their page on Facebook.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida

736 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

More than ever, Americans need to fight for reproductive justice and healthcare access. Planned Parenthood is an organization committed to providing affordable, responsible, age appropriate sexuality education and reproductive health services to the women, men and families of Southwest and Central Florida. They provide affordable birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, STD testing & treatment, cancer screenings, vasectomies and more. To get involved, “like” their page on Facebook.

SPARCC Sarasota

2139 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34237

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is the only state-certified center that provides domestic and sexual violence services in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. SPARCC serves survivors through an Outreach Center in downtown Sarasota, satellite offices in south Sarasota and DeSoto Counties and a shelter operating 24 hours a day/365 days a year and at the local courthouses. All of SPARCC’s services are free and confidential and they are always looking for volunteers! To get involved, “like” their page on Facebook.

Black Lives Matter Alliance Sarasota Manatee Chapter

This peaceful activist group is open to all who want to unite and take action against racial inequality in the Sarasota Manatee area. They regularly host meetings and organize protests, cookouts, potlucks and tackle other local issues. If you’d like to stay updated on their summer programming, join their group on Facebook.

Dollar Dynasty

1922 MLK Jr. Way, Suite C, Sarasota, FL 34234

Dollar Dynasty serves homeless and underprivileged people of greater Sarasota Florida by providing basic needs for free such as food, clothing, educational supplies, counseling, career development, and referrals for housing, shelter and crisis networks are available. They are looking for volunteers to help sort donations and distribute goods to needy families. To get involved, call (941) 955-8091 or check out the website at

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