Pax Christi May 2017 newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter




  1. Surly Fems Events Calendar
  2. Women of Color Speak Out
  3. Senator Rubio rally
  4. Tiny Homes Pig Roast
    5. Panel on ending homelessness in Pinellas County
  5. Free Clinic food sorters needed
    7. Global Network conference on line
  6. Peace Memorial Day
  7. Movies and activists
  8. Pax Christi Florida list of actions


Good folks,

The deadline for tickets to the Celebrate Outreach Pig Roast is this Wednesday, May 17. The pig roast will be Saturday, May 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Dr N. in downtown St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Proceeds will benefit CO’s Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Program. Details and online ticket ordering are here.


The Pax Christi Florida list of actions at the end of the newsletter lists actions that oppose war with North Korea, support the farmworkers’ boycott of Wendy’s, and ban fracking in Florida.


Also below are a summary of the Global Network’s international conference in Huntsville, a discussion of strategies to end homelessness, new Weekly Calendar entries, and more.


Pax Christi Tampa Bay




NEW ENTRY: RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS: Resist Trump Tuesdays, Indivisible Tampa’s ongoing dissent against Trump administration policies, is every Tuesday from 10:30 AM-12:00 noon at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa (map). This is the group that caused Senator Rubio to close his Tampa office rather than hold a town hall meeting. For more information (FMI):

NEW PEACE FIRST SITE FOR MAY: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice.  In May, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 PM at the corner of 34th Street/US 19 and 38th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. There are two car lots, a Hardee’s and a Walgreen’s at this intersection (map). Participants usually gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information (FMI):

The Friday Night Picnic is a potluck picnic for hungry people, most of whom are low income or experiencing homelessness.  The picnic continues to need potluck food, beverages, picnic supplies, and volunteers. The picnic, which serves over 100 people a week, is at 6:00 PM every Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Avenue N. at Mirror Lake Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.  FMI: or (973) 768-3256.

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to about 200 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The breakfast runs from 8:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate in one or all of the shifts: early (7:30-8:30 AM) to help prep the meal; mid-meal (8:30-9:30 AM) for serving; and late (9:00-10:30 AM) for cleanup. Volunteers should go to the side of Trinity Lutheran Church and take the elevator to the third floor.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.

A Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser for the breakfast is scheduled for 7:00 PM on July 26 at 7:00 PM at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Petersburg, FL on July 26 at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited; call 727-851-9386 for reservations.

1. EVENTS CALENDAR: The Surly Fems Events Calendar is a comprehensive listing of progressive political, educational, activist and cultural events in the Tampa Bay area:

  1. WOMEN OF COLOR SPEAK OUT: On Friday, May 19 at 6:00 PM, author and activist J.A. Joshi will present effective tactics to build a meaningful and long-lasting coalition between people of color an white allies. She will speak at the Friends (Quakers) Meeting House, 130 19th Avenue SE in St. Petersburg 33705. 

    As an activist in Seattle and the northwestern United States, Joshi has been part of numerous campaigns to dismantle racism, sexism, and fossil fuel oppression. She has been interviewed on Democracy Now, quoted in the New York Times, delivered many inspirational keynote addresses, and put her body on the line during environmental campaigns. She was an organizer during ShellNo, Break Free PNW, the Northeast Oil Train Blockade, and for Earth Day and the People’s Climate Movement. FMI and to register:


  1. SENATOR RUBIO, WE NEED TO TALK: Despite repeated requests, Senator Marco Rubio refuses to meet his constituents. However, he is coming to St. Petersburg for a Republican Party fundraiser on Friday, May 19.

While Rubio is headlining the Pinellas County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, activist group Indivisible is holding a rally asking Senator Rubio to meet with his constituents, not just wealthy contributors. The rally will be from 5:00-9:00 PM at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive in St. Petersburg. FMI and updates, go to

  1. TINY HOMES FOR HOMELESS VETS PIG ROAST: An authentic Puerto Rican Pig Roast to benefit homeless veterans will be Saturday, May 20 at the historic Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Dr N. in downtown St. Petersburg, FL 33701.The pig roast will feature American and Puerto Rican side dishes, a cash bar, dessert, and a chance to contribute to building a model tiny house. There will also be vegetarian options for non-meat eaters.

    The feast will begin at 6:00 PM. Tickets are available for a donation of $25.00. Please purchase by this Wednesday, May 17 at:


All proceeds will go to the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project of Celebrate Outreach, an interfaith coalition of groups working to end homelessness. For more information, call (973) 768-3256 or go to

  1. STRATEGIES TO END HOMELESSNESS IN PINELLAS: On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board will host a panel discussion and community dialogue surrounding effective strategies to end homeless in our community.


The event will be held at the Salvation Army’s Social Services Complex, 1521 E. Druid Road, Clearwater, Florida 33756.  Registration and Networking will be from 5:00 to 5:30PM.  The program will begin at 5:30 PM and conclude at 7:00 PM.


<< Register Here >>


  1. FOOD SORTING AT THE FREE CLINIC: The St. Petersburg Free Clinic needs help from groups and individuals sorting a donation of over 100,000 pounds of food. For information on how to help, contact Coordinator of Volunteers and Special Events Kaitlynne Silvers at (727) 821-1200 ext.114.
  2. GLOBAL NETWORK CONFERENCE ON LINE: An excellent summary of “Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space,” the 25th annual international conference of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space is at:

Along with videos of the speakers, the site features photos of the protest and the attendees at the conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

8.  PEACE MEMORIAL DAY: The peace and justice community in the Sarasota/Manatee area will hold its annual Peace Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th, remembering the peace activists who have gone before us. The commemoration will begin at 11:00 AM at the Sarasota Peace Pole, located in Island Park, which is west of the intersection of Ringling Boulevard and Gulfstream Boulevard/U.S. 41 (map). A potluck meal will follow.


The commemoration is sponsored by the Manasota Chapter of Pax Christi and the Covenant Mennonite Fellowship. For more information, or to include an activist, contact Russ Banner at

  1. MOVIES AND ACTIVISTS: The Bridge presents the sixth annual Summer Film Series: Films to Inform, Empower, Inspire and Transform. Each film will be followed by a discussion with local advocates who are working on the issues presented in the film. All films will be shown at the Unity of Tampa Fellowship Hall, 3302 West Horatio in Tampa. Showings begin at 7:00 PM and a donation of $7.00 is suggested. Friday, June 23- Tomorrow: Stories of how local communities are changing their ways for the sake of the planet.Friday, July 21- Catching the Sun: Addresses one of our biggest questions: are we able to build a clean energy economy?

    Friday, August 25: I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin’s radical examination of race in America which remains urgently relevant.

    The film series is presented by The Bridge, a nonprofit organization in Tampa that promotes ecocentric living, social justice, personal development, creativity and the dynamic interplay between these interdependent aspects of life.  Details are here, (813) 416-3069, or



Below are actions listed by Pax Christi Florida concerning war with North Korea, denial of Temporary Protected Status in Florida, funding the farmworkers’ boycott of Wendy’s, banning fracking in Florida, the Earth Charter, and the cost of war in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and against ISIS as of May 7, 2017.
Pax Christi Florida is a regional section of Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi International. To subscribe to their e-mail newsletter, contact


Contact Your Senators: Diplomacy, Not War on the Korean Peninsula

Amidst speculation about a potentially imminent nuclear weapon or missile test by North Korea, tensions on the Korean peninsula are rising to the highest level in decades, as US and North Korean officials posit threats and counter-threats of pre-emptive military strikes. Even hawkish former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta has warned: “We have the potential for a nuclear war that would take millions of lives. So I think we have to exercise some care here.”

On April 26, in an unusual and worrying development, all 100 U.S. Senators have been summoned to the White House for a closed  briefing on the Korean situation by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and  Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.

Call Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio now! Tell them there’s no military solution to the North Korean Crisis. Demand diplomacy. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or call their home offices which are listed on their Web sites (see links below):

  • Senator Bill Nelson
  • Senator Marco Rubio


Support the Wendy’s Boycott Fund! 

The SFA network is on an unstoppable action streak in the struggle for farmworker justice! The centerpiece of the CIW’s sweeping 12-city, 14-day Return to Human Rights Tour — an historic weeklong fast by 19 courageous students and alumni at The Ohio State University — sparked the fire for the rolling student fasts at over a dozen university campuses from Florida to Michigan in April. And it’s only to be continued with a formidable, larger-than-ever mobilization outside of Wendy’s upcoming shareholder meeting at the company’s Dublin, OH headquarters in just 19 days!

Action on this unprecedented scale — and our plans to ramp up the pressure throughout the summer and into the fall towards an inevitable victory in the boycott — will require the financial support of every member of SFA’s diverse network.

So we’re calling on you, the young leaders taking incredible action in the movement for Fair Food, to help us kickstart the Wendy’s Boycott Fund . Contribute what you can, whether it’s $5, $15, $25, $100 or more. Every little bit counts and brings us closer to raising $25,000!


Join The Florida Fracking Ban Movement Today!

Fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction methods pose serious health and environmental risks to the state of Florida, including large portions of the Florida Everglades. It has already happened in Florida at least once, but there is a large and dedicated group of people who want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, and we need your help too!

The Floridians Against Fracking coalition, which includes members from a wide range of environmental, health, social justice and business groups, successfully defeated a bill for the past 3 years that would have allowed 1) fracking operations to really expand in Florida, 2) kept fracking chemicals a secret from the general public;  and 3) prohibited local communities from enacting protections to keep fracking out.

To learn more, click here.


Florida Earth Charter Initiative

FCPJ offers the Earth Charter as a guide for building a sustainable, just and peaceful future.  The Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice recently became an Affiliate of Earth Charter International at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Take Action!
Ask about how you can use the Earth Charter in your school or community organization to help address the urgent environmental and social needs facing this generation.

Read the Earth Charter




THE COST OF THE WAR AS OF MAY 7, 2017 Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity.
– Pope Francis, Address of the Holy Father
Invocation for Peace, June 8, 2014

•             Total Number of U.S. soldiers killed:                        4,519
•             Deaths – State of Florida:                                        197
•             Financial Cost to U.S. Taxpayers:                           $820,400,000,000 +
•             Every hour, taxpayers in Florida are paying $7,174 for Cost of War in Iraq.

•             Total Number of U.S. soldiers killed:                       2,396
•             Deaths – State of Florida                                        154
•             Financial Cost to U.S. Taxpayers:                           $770,900,000,000 +
•             Every hour, taxpayers in Florida are paying $245,495 for Cost of War in   Afghanistan.

•             Total cost of military action against ISIS to U.S. to taxpayers: $14,800,000,000+
•             Every hour, taxpayers in Florida are paying $37,732 for Cost of Military Action Against ISIS.


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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Dwight D. Eisenhower










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