The Activist Newsletter

The Activist Newsletter


Photo credit: Katelyn Grimmett
Photo credit: Katelyn Grimmett

This week (9/7 – 9/14), activists have the opportunity to attend meetings, educational conferences, volunteer training sessions, art exhibitions, and political rallies. Read on if you want to get involved in the community fighting for racial justice, reproductive rights, grassroots environmental work, food security, or worker’s rights.


  • Thursday, Sep. 8 Patient Escort Training Session @ 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Planned Parenthood Sarasota Health Center

736 Central Ave

Sarasota, FL 34236

Planned Parenthood is in dire need of volunteer patient escorts. Patient escorts ensure a patient’s safety as they enter and exit the building by providing a barrier between them and protesters. The escort training will cover what to expect from protesters, when and how escorts should approach patients and escort them into/out of the building, confidentiality agreements, and a variety of other potential scenarios and safety measures. For more information, contact this Planned Parenthood location at (941) 953-4060.


  • Thursday, Sep. 8 Making the Sunshine State a Solar State @ 7 p.m.

Sarasota Garden Club

1131 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

Learn about Sierra Club’s efforts to help homeowners go solar through solar installations and group buying co-ops. For more information, contact Gerry Swormstedt at 941-366-9596.


  • Friday, Sep. 9 – Sunday, Sep. 11 Southeast Regional Power Shift Conference

Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive

Orlando, FL

At this 3-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss pressing climate issues. A series of speakers, workshops, and activities will address fossil fuel divestment, reaching 100% renewable energy in Florida, climate/environmental/social justice, and grassroots organizing to achieve progressive work locally, statewide, and nationwide, and more. For more information, check out


  • Saturday, Sep. 10 And Then There Was Quiet: New York After 9/11 @ 1 – 3 p.m.

Manatee Downtown Library

1301 Barcarrota Ave,

Bradenton, FL 34205

Part documentary photography and part art installation, an ongoing exhibit at the Manatee Downtown Library (8/30 – 9/30) by Sarasota artist Dave Gordon provides a unique look at the 9/11 tragedy by focusing on intimate moments.

On September 10, from 1 to 3:00 p.m., the public is invited to a remembrance of 9/11 at the Downtown Library to share memories of 9/11 and to participate in the creation of a new artwork that may become part of the international exhibits in 2017. (Reservations not required.)


  • Sunday, Sep. 11 Food Not Bombs Food Sharing @ 4 – 5 p.m.

Five Points Park

N Pineapple Ave

Sarasota, FL 34236

Every Sunday, NCF’s Food Not Bombs club goes to Five Points Park to food-share with houseless individuals in an act of radical community activism.


  • Monday, Sep. 12 Moral Monday & Florida Fight For $15

Organized low income workers from all over Florida (including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers) are joining forces for a 3-hour march and rally at the Tallahassee capitol to deliver a list of comprehensive demands for worker’s rights.

Students who sign-up can receive free transportation to St. Petersburg with lunch included. Buses will leave early in the morning and be back by dark. Only 50 seats are available on the bus so RSVP at (case-sensitive).

For more information, check out “Fight For 15 Florida” on Facebook or email


  • Wednesday, Sep. 14 Black Lives Matter Alliance Manasota Meeting @ 7 p.m.

New College of Florida

Room TBD

Black Lives Matter Alliance Manasota is having their next meeting here on the New College campus. Keep an eye out for an e-mail that will include the room number, upcoming agenda, as well as tips that will allow participants to show up prepared.

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