Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter
1. Surly Feminists Events Calendar
2. Catching the Sun documentary
3. U.N. declares nuclear weapons illegal
4. Drag Queen Bingo benefit for homeless
5. Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance
6. Governor Scott
7. Stop the killing of
23 people in Ohio
8. Surly Feminists
Every Saturday morning a group of well-housed and
homeless people join together at Trinity Lutheran Church to cook and serve
Loaves and Fishes Breakfast, a full breakfast for over 150 people
Wednesday, July 26 you and your friends can support this breakfast by
attending the Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone
Blvd. N. in St Petersburg.
Seating for dinner is between 6:00 and 6:30
PM, and bingo starts at 7:00. Bingo sheets cost $10 cash. There are
gift bags for the winners. Those who have played Drag Queen Bingo know
how much fun it is; those who haven’t can find out for themselves next
Wednesday. All proceeds go to Saturday morning breakfast. A full
house will pay for six months of the breakfast.
The website information for the bingo is here. Homeless aid
and advocacy organization Celebrate Outreach sponsors the breakfast and the
fundraiser. Information about their food program is at http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/meals.html
seats have already been reserved; call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 today
to make a reservation. If you or your group would like to become part of
the community that serves on Saturday morning, call G.W. Rolle at (727)
Also below is information on planned executions in Florida and Ohio,
information on an historic U.N. treaty, and more.
At the end of the e-mail is a sample of the Surly Feminists activist
calendar. The calendar is available at https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4
Pax Christi Tampa Bay
RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS NEW TIME: Resist Trump
Tuesdays, Indivisible Tampa’s ongoing dissent against Trump administration
policies, is every Tuesday from 10:00
AM-11:30 at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy
Boulevard in Tampa (map). Note the
new time; the demonstration has been moved earlier to avoid midday heat.
This is the group that caused Senator Rubio to close his Tampa office rather
than hold a town hall meeting. For more information (FMI): https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleTampa/
FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on
street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and
August, Peace First will demonstrate every
Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time)
at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in
St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean
Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new
site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road
leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is at https://www.google.com/#q=54th+avenue+and+49th+st+n+st+petersburg+fl
Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th
Street (http://www.theburgdiner.com/) for
breakfast. For more information (FMI): email@example.com.
FRIDAY NIGHT PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND IN ST. PETE: 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: http://uustpete.org/2014/09/17/friday-picnic-playground or (.
WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes, the breakfast held at
Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings, is the breakfast supported by
Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s on July 26 (see above). Volunteers serve
a hot breakfast to over 150 people. The breakfast is held on the third
floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St.
The breakfast runs from 7:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can
participate some or all of the breakfast. Please contact G. W.
Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.
1. EVENTS CALENDAR:
Surly Feminists Events Calendar is a
comprehensive listing of progressive political, educational, activist and
cultural events in the Tampa Bay area: https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4
2. CATCHING THE SUN DOCUMENTARY: Catching the Sun examines the workers and entrepreneurs who are leading the
transition to a clean energy future. Following the film, County
Commissioner Pat Kemp, Dr. Rick Garrity of the Hillsborough Solar Co-Op, Bakari
Kennedy of the Suncoast Credit Union, and activist Daivd Sillman of the Florida
Sun Co-op will lead a discussion.
The film will be shown at 7:00 PM on Friday, July
21 at the Unity of Tampa Fellowship Hall, 3302 West Horatio in Tampa.
Suggested donation is $7.00.
Details on the final film in the summer film series, the James Baldwin
documentary I Am Not Your Negro, are
3. U.N. DECLARES
NUCLEAR WEAPONS ILLEGAL: An historic event in early July was
largely ignored by the media.
On July 7th, the United Nations passed the first treaty banning
nuclear weapons. The ban includes possessing and testing nuclear
weapons. One hundred twenty-two non-nuclear nations voted in favor of the
treaty. The nine nuclear-armed nations, NATO members (except the
Netherlands), Japan and South Korea boycotted the negotiations for the
Despite the boycott, scholar Nina Tannenwald explains
the historic game-changing importance of the treaty in her Washington Post column
“The U.N. just passed a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
That actually matters.”
The column has excellent links about the historical and current disarmament
At the activist level, National Catholic Reporter writer Chris Herlinger reports on
the anit-nuclear weapon effort uniting the young and the elderly life-long
activists in “.”
In the article “Peace activists
laud nuclear weapons ban,” Cmdr. Robert Green, a retired member of the
British Royal Navy who now heads the New Zealand-based told a
reporter on July 3 that the current global stalemate over nuclear arms is due
to “a nuclear protection racket that is being conducted by U.S.-led
organized crime syndicate for the benefit of the military industrial complex,
using nuclear deterrence dogma as a counterfeit currency of power. This treaty
is going to break through that. We have rumbled
them. We are going to go ahead and do this.”
Even if no more nuclear weapons are tested or used, they are still
deadly to the common good. The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation
Studies has shown that the United States is planning to spend $1 trillion
over the next thirty years to maintain and replace its nuclear
4. DRAG QUEEN BINGO BENEFIT: Support the
Saturday morning breakfast for people experiencing
homelessness with Drag Queen Bingo on Wednesday, July 26 at
Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Petersburg.
Details are at the beginning of the newsletter.
REMEMBRANCE: An observance of the 72th anniversary of the atomic bombing
of Hiroshima, Japan (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki, Japan (August 9, 1945) will
be held at the Kings Bay Trident Nuclear Submarine Base in St. Marys,
Georgia on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia state
line. The observance will be from 3:00-5:00 PM on Wednesday,
August 9 at the Stimson Main Gate of the base, at the corner of
Charlie Smith Sr. Highway and Kings Bay Road (map here).
Participants should bring their own signs and banners; handouts will be
provided. FMI: John Linnehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904)
6. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO EXECUTE HIS 23RD
Rick Scott has ordered the execution of Mark Asay for Thursday,
August 24 at 6:00 PM. This would be Florida’s first execution in 18
months. Governor Scott had already broken the
record for most executions under a Florida governor (23). Florida also
holds a national record for death row exonerations. Last month,
Ralph Wright, Jr., became the 27th exonerated Florida Death Row survivor – far
more than any other state.
The Florida Supreme Court directed that Wright be acquitted of all charges
related to the murders of his ex-girlfriend and their son, ruling that the
“purely circumstantial” evidence against him was insufficient to convict.
“If an Air Force Sergeant and former Orange County Deputy Sheriff with no
criminal record can be wrongfully convicted and sent to death row,” said Mark
Elliott, director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death
Penalty, “it can happen to anyone.” Read his full statement
Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and
Pinellas anti-death penalty
demonstration: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives
to the Death Penalty and other death penalty
opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, August 24 at
an anti-death penalty demonstration at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and
49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County (map).
Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the
intersection. Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your
own. Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates and
changes. The demonstration occurs during the execution; if the execution
is re-scheduled, the demonstration will be rescheduled. FMI: email@example.com or (727) 492-1590.
Manasota demonstration against the death penalty: A witness against the death penalty prayer vigil will
take place on Thursday, August 24. The witness begins at 5:30
PM with a silent protest with signs on the front lawn of St. Andrew
United Church of Christ, 6908
S Beneva Rd., just north of Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota (map). The Prayer Service follows in the church at 6:00
PM. Sponsored by Pax Christi USA—Manasota Chapter. FMI: Rjbannerusa@gmail.com
7. STOP THE KILLING OF 27 PEOPLE: Governor John Kasich of Ohio wants to execute 27
people back-to-back. Joe D’Ambrosio, an Ohio exoneree who spent 22
years on death row, and four other Ohio exonerees have started a petition to
Governor Kasich, asking him to halt executions. Read the petition and
sign it here.
8. SURLY FEMINISTS CALENDAR: