Below is information on buses to Tallahassee on Monday and other actions to take against gun violence; the new Resist Trump Tuesdays demonstration outside Senator Marco Rubio’s new Tampa office, and fourteen events on the Women’s March list of activities, including DACA Dreamers speaking at SPC on Monday.
There is also a link to “Marjory Stoneman Douglas Would Be Proud of These Kids,” a newspaper column about journalist, feminist, human rights activist and, most famously, Everglades activist Douglas, the namesake of the Parkland high school.
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SUPPORTING THE PARKLAND STUDENTS IN TALLAHASSEE: In the wake of the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the student survivors are not backing down. They want to stop gun violence. They’re articulate, smart and determined. They are savvy users of social media and have the nation’s attention. They also have the support of the grassroots resistance. Join this momentum with the current three-week session of the Florida Legislature. (See one of the many stories about their advocacy here).
Here are several ways to support the students:
1. RALLY to TALLY
Monday, February 26
FREE – Buses departing locally from St. Pete and Tampa
Led by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, the Miami-Dade Dems, Broward Democratic Party and Women’s March Florida, this large Rally in Tally for Gun Reform will amplify the students’ voices—and the voices of most U. S. citizens.
REGISTRATION HERE (Buses departing St. Pete, Tampa and other Florida locations)
- MAKE THREE CALLS NOW (if after hours, you can leave a voice mail):1) Your State Representative, 2) Your State Senator and 3) Governor Scott.
Tell them to “Listen to the students of Parkland. They are asking for one thing: a ban on assault weapons in Florida. Period. Agenda these bills. Hear them, and pass them.”
- SIGN the petition to Florida’s Republican legislative leadership demanding they finally take action against gun violence and #HEARTHEBILLS ON GUN SAFETY on gun safety. Click here to sign.
For months, gun safety bills have languished in the Florida Legislature, unable to get even a single committee hearing. This includes:
• SB 838: Universal background checks for all gun sales.
• HB 321/SB 456: A ban on bump stocks, which allows semiautomatic rifles to fire faster.
• HB 231/SB 530: Risk Protection Orders that would allow families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others.
“Marjory Stoneman Douglas Would Be Proud of These Kids,” a column about lifelong activist and feminist Douglas, is on page 11A of today’s Tampa Bay Times or here. It is by Douglas biographer Jack Davis. Davis describes how, like the students today, the Florida Legislature snubbed Douglas and her sister suffragists—in 1917. Nevertheless, she persisted. Her last public speech, at age 99, was about women’s rights.
RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS AT SENATOR MARCO RUBIO’S NEW OFFICE
Every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 am
Outside Senator Marco Rubio’s new office:
Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map),
To avoid fulfilling his Senatorial duties by talking with constituents in a town hall meeting last year, Senator Marco Rubio closed his Tampa office. Well over 100 people had gathered outside his office every Tuesday morning for weeks on end, demanding the meeting to discuss Donald Trump’s policies, and because of the protests his landlord told him to move. Instead of meeting with his constituents, ending the protest, and keeping his office, Rubio fled. Now, his office is back—and so is the resistance.
Rubio’s new office is at the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map), and Indivisible and other local activist groups are reviving Resist Trump Tuesdays. Bring signs, or the Indivisible organizers can provide them.
There is parking around the courthouse and the meters take credit cards.
It is especially important to join the demonstration now. Trump and his policies are even more dangerous, Senator Rubio needs to know that he can’t flee his constituents or his duty, and the Parkland shooting survivors need our support. (Rubio has taken $3.3 million from the NRA.)
The Facebook page for Resist Trump Tuesdays is at https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleactiontampabay/
Details about the original protests, Rubio fleeing his old office, and the move to his new office are here
Here is the Women’s March calendar of activities:
Black History Month Celebration
Friday, February 23 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Enoch Davis Recreation Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33705-2506
Join us for a night of celebration and bringing the community together for Black History Month at Enoch Davis Recreation Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., on Fri., February 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event will provide an opportunity to learn about black history, emphasize unity among neighbors and bring a positive impact to create a stronger community.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The event will be full of fun activities for the whole family, including free food, entertainment, music and prizes. There will also be poetry readings, live performances, acting and much more.
The event is cohosted by the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department’s Enoch Davis Recreation Center, Campbell Park Recreation Center, and community partners.
|FL Black Arts and Film Festival (3rd Annual)
Saturday, February 24 at 11 AM – 6 PM
Skyway Marina District at Skyway Marina Mall 4301 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711.
Works by over 40 local and national artists, reflecting art from the African diaspora will be showcased. Experience African drumming, dancing, the Nomad Art Bus and more family fun. Films showing at the Historic Royal Theater throughout the day ($2 donation for each or a day pass can be purchased).https://www.facebook.com/events/1645312359098053/
|Film Screening: Jane
Saturday, February 24 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
Jane (directed by Brett Morgan, 90m, 2017) will be introduced by Dr. Lauren Highfill, professor of psychology at Eckerd College.
Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people’s understanding of the natural world. Set to an orchestral score from composer Philip Glass, the film draws from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage, and offers an intimate portrait of an astonishing woman.
Hosted by “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” Environmental Film Festival and Eckerd College
|The Butterfly Progression – Q&A Panel discussion
Monday, February 26 at 6 PM – 8 PM
SC Building, St. Petersburg College Clearwater, 2465 Drew St, Clearwater, Florida 33765Join this panel discussion featuring community members, SPC staff, legal attorney, and undocumented youth for a dialogue about immigration policies, the local enforcement partnership, and community safety. This event is to remind our community that these are issues we can’t ignore. Join us as we will be sharing our stories and most importantly putting a voice to those who are too scared to speak out.
Spsonsored by Clearwater HereToStay
|Reproductive Justice: More than Just A Choice ~ Symposium 2018
Friday, March 2 at 9 AM – 1 PM (registration opens at 8:30AM)
USF Marshall Student Center Room 3707
4103 Cedar Cir, Tampa, Florida 33620
Join the Maternal, Child Health Student Organization for our Annual Symposium. Come explore the world of reproductive justice through conversations with National Speakers, Networking, and a Panel on the future of Reproductive Justice.
Open to students, faculty, staff, and community organizations.
Free, but registration required:
|Electric Car Ride and Drive
Saturday, March 3 at 11 AM – 3 PM
Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Rd, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Would you like to drive an electric car? Electrify the South, the Suncoast Sierra Club and The Solar Shepherd, Inc. are hosting an “Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive”. Ride and Drives will be available by registering with local dealership tables at the event. Electric vehicle owners will be showcasing their electric vehicles and sharing their experience of driving electric. We will also have demonstrations on how to charge your electric vehicle and how to use apps to find charging locations. This fun event will be a hands on way to learn about the latest technology.Register here:
ACLU of Pinellas County
26th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner
Tuesday, March 6 at 6- 9 pm
Banquet Masters 13355 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762
Purchase $50 tickets, which include dinner:
Key Note: ACLU National President Susan Herman
Gardner Beckett Civil Liberties Award Recipient: Nadine Smith, CEO Equality Florida
Irene Miller Vigilance in Journalism Award Recipient: Mark Puente, Tampa Bay Times
International Women’s Day Advocacy Training
Thursday, March 8, 6:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Allendale United Methodist Church
3803 Haines Rd N, Saint Pete FL 33703
Women are Making Democracy Work. Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. Some features of this interactive training will include:
- getting up-to-date facts on the Florida Constitution Review Commission (CRC) and the issues that are at stake
- learning more about the CRC activities related to privacy/reproductive rights/health care, education, gun legislation, preemption and election law.
- preparing to testify for the CRC’s St. Pete public hearing on 3/13
- creating a 90-120 second speech, a persuasive email, or a letter-to-the-editor
- receiving feedback from seasoned advocates in your chosen issue area
This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. Our goal is to empower the everyday activist to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided.
Registration is free, but required:
CRC Public Hearing St. Petersburg – Defend Privacy & Reproductive Rights
Tuesday, March 13 1pm to 7pm (Sign up for a shift)
At this Public Hearing of the FL Constitution Revision Commission, several groups dedicated to women’s rights will be coordinating resistance to Proposal 22. This proposal seeks to alter Floridians’ constitutional right to privacy to allow the FL Legislature to impose intrusive restrictions on Florida women, making it harder for them to access an abortion.
Please register your interest in participating here:
Facebook event page:
See this link for more information on the CRC and the privacy provision:
Solar Co-op Info Session
Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm
West St Petersburg Library
6700 8th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710, USA
Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Read all about the co-op here.
RSVP for the event here: https://secure.everyaction.com/dlGwqQRYVk-Nk9maAAe6Og2
Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs.
|Film Premiere ~ Heather Booth: Changing the World
Thursday, March 22 at 6 PM
Bryan Glazer Family JCC
522 N Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606
The Tampa film premiere of Heather Booth: Changing the World is presented by the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival. Attendees will enjoy a talk-back after the film with Heather.
Heather has been organizing activists from the Civil Rights movement to the Women’s movement to helping Hon. Elizabeth Warren establish the Consumer Financial Protection bureau to her arrest last week at the Capitol at a demonstration in support of Dreamers.
All are welcome.
March for Our Lives Tampa
Saturday, March 24
Time and Location To Be Announced
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
On March 24, we will be marching in Tampa to stand with the survivors of the Parkland shooting and demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.