Ongoing Weekly Events Calendar
- Local action if Trump fires Mueller
- FAST action for affordable housing and youth arrest reform Monday
- Workshop: What Will It Take to Win in November?
- March for Our Lives against gun violence
- Laundry Love: clean clothes for people experiencing homelessness
- Dolores Huerta documentary and lecture at Eckerd College
- Earth Day St. Pete
- United Faiths Walk of Peace
Women’s March St. Pete Events Calendar
Below is information on joining thousands of Pinellas County residents to stand for affordable housing and youth arrest reform this Monday at the Nehemiah Action at Tropicana Field.
Also below is information on the local March for Our Lives anti-gun violence actions on March 24; actions planned if Trump fires Mueller; a workshop on winning elections; and more.
At the end of the newsletter is the St. Pete Women’s March calendar of events.
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WEEKLY ONGOING EVENTS
MISSIO DEI SUNDAY DINNER: Missio Dei is a small church that meets in the refurbished corner of a warehouse at 1330 Burlington Avenue N. (map; the entrance is on 2nd Avenue on the south side of the building.) They serve a meal after their worship service. The congregation is largely homeless or marginally housed. The worship service features a congregational discussion of Biblical texts, combining the insights of a theologically trained minister, housed members, and those whose faith helps them survive in the streets.
The service begins at 5:30 PM; the dinner begins at 6:30. For information on how you can help prepare, serve, or financially support the meal, contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088.
RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS AT SENATOR MARCO RUBIO’S NEW OFFICE:
Marco Rubio has opened a new office in the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map). Indivisible and other local activist groups have moved Resist Trump Tuesdays to the new office. The protest is every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 AM. Bring signs, or the Indivisible organizers can provide them. There is parking around the courthouse and the meters take credit cards. For more information (FMI): firstname.lastname@example.org
WEEKLY SARASOTA DEMONSTRATION: Activists from Veterans for Peace and Manasota Pax Christi, among other groups, will demonstrate for peace through justice from 4:00-5:00 PM every Tuesday in downtown Sarasota along Bayfront Drive/N. Tamiami Trail near its intersection with Gulfstream Drive (map). The demonstration is south of Unconditional Surrender, the “kissing statue.” FMI: Russ at Rjbannerusa@gmail.com
PEACE FIRST: During every Wednesday in March, Peace First will demonstrate at the intersection of Pasadena Avenue South and Gulfport Boulevard South in South Pasadena (map) from 4:30-5:30 PM. They will focus on gun violence and other issues. Bring a sign, or they will provide one. There are a Publix, a Winn Dixie, a gas station and a liquor store at this intersection.
The group eats at a restaurant in an “after party” following the demonstration. For more information (FMI): SMcCown@tampabay.rr.com
PEACE MEDITATION: Biweekly meditation for peace every other Wednesday at 7:00 PM (March 21, April 4 and April 18) at Sacred Lands, 1620 Park Street N. in St. Petersburg, Florida 33710-4348 For more information: http://www.sacredlandspreservationandeducation.org/; 727-367-3592 or 347-0354
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 (973) 768-3256.
WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a full hot breakfast to over 150 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.
The breakfast runs from 7:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.
- IF TRUMP FIRES MUELLER: It seems more likely with each passing day that President Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller. If that happens, Indivisible FL-13 will sponsor an emergency rally in Demen’s Landing, St Petersburg:
- If Trump fires Mueller BEFORE 2:00 PM, meet at 5:00 PM
- If Trump fires Mueller AFTER 2:00 PM, meet at NOON of following day.
Indivisible FL-13 will send an email notification and post it on Twitter and Facebook.
Indivisible FL-13 Contact Information:
Indivisible FL-13 on Facebook
Indivisible FL-13 on Twitter
Email Indivisible FL-13 at email@example.com
- FAST PEOPLE POWER ACTION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND YOUTH ARRESTS
Monday, March 19th, 7:00 PM
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
FAST (Faith and Action for Strength) is a congregation-based community organization in Pinellas County, Florida, whose purpose is to train low- to moderate-income residents from diverse congregations to work together to identify root causes of community problems and take action on these problems. Through FAST, diverse people come together to powerfully address the needs in their own communities.
Since one congregation does not have enough people power to hold systems accountable for justice, FAST holds huge “Nehemiah Actions.” Named after Nehemiah, the Biblical activist who called a huge assembly to confront systemic injustice (Nehemiah 5:1-13), these gatherings brings thousands of Pinellas County residents (who are also voters) face-to-face with leaders such as mayors, city and county officials, and police to win justice in our communities.
The next Nehemiah Action, on Monday, March 19th, at Tropicana Field will focus on two youth-oriented issues: affordable housing and youth arrests. Everyone in Pinellas County is welcome to attend and to bring a friend. There is free parking in lots 1, 2 and 4 off 16th Street. Enter at Gate 5. There will be tickets to fill out and Tropicana security at the door. No food or beverage will be sold at the event. For a parking map, click here.
Here are a few of FAST’s past accomplishments in Pinellas County:
-funding Pre-K funding for over 7,000 low-income four-year–olds
–securing $19.2 million for affordable housing
–getting the state legislature to allow 4,000 non-violent offenders to attend drug-treatment programs instead of prison
–getting the County Commission to allocate $958,000 for dental care and $963,00 for a pilot prevention program for people who use mental health services.
For a complete list, go to http://fast-pinellas.org/issue-work/#/past-victories/
For more information on FAST, the issues, and the meeting, go to http://fast-pinellas.org/
- WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER 2018?
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:15 PM
Allendale United Methodist Church
3803 Haines Rd. N.
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Join Ana Cruz and Jennifer Webb to discuss the challenges of winning elections, the current political landscape going into the November mid-terms, and information on the demands of running a campaign and getting out the vote. Ana Cruz, a political strategist referred to as “one of the top political players in the state of Florida” by FloridaPolitics.com, will speak about the complexities of the current political landscape and what it will take to turn the tide in the upcoming elections. Jennifer Webb, candidate for FL State Rep District 69, will describe the challenges and dynamics of running an effective campaign and getting out the vote. Also, one of the student leaders organizing the March 24th March for Our Lives will provide an update on the march.
Map here. For more information and to register, click here
Hosted by Fired Up Pinellas; Co-hosts: Indivisible FL-13, November Starts Now, South St.Pete Democratic Club & Women’s March FL – Pinellas/St. Pete
- There are over 760 worldwide marches against gun violence on Saturday, March 24, including ten in the greater Tampa Bay area. Locally, marches are taking place at schools, government buildings, and children’s literary events. For a map and to sign up for a march, go to https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/?source=zzns_March_MoveOn. Here are three local marches:
In Pinellas Park the march will be from the site of Caroline Morton-Hicks’ recent gun death to Long Bayou to lay flowers. Details are here.
|March for Our Lives –
St. Petersburg, FL
545 1st Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 3370
|March for Our Lives –
Pinellas County Tax Collector
13025 Starkey Rd
Clearwater, FL 33771
|March for Our Lives – Tampa, FL
400 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
SOAP AND PIZZA: MONTHLY FREE LAUNDRY
Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:00 PM
Coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map).
Imagine being homeless and living in unwashed clothes for days on end.
Laundry Love Projects are regular opportunities to help financially struggling people do their laundry. There are now over two hundred projects nationwide.
Locally, Laundry Love is sponsored by the Missio Dei and takes place the last Monday of every month. Organizers and their supporters provide soap, coins and pizza for those washing their clothes.
Each Laundry Love costs around $200. FMI on how you or your group can support and participate, contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DOLORES HUERTA ON PBS AND AT ECKERD COLLEGE
2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dolores Huerta has spent her life organizing and advocating on behalf of the disenfranchised. From gathering her students’ parents into a labor movement that would become the National Farmworkers Association to working alongside Gloria Steinem to get more women into office, Huerta’s eight-decade life is a testament to the work and commitment social activism requires.
On Tuesday, March 27 the documentary Dolores premieres at 9:00 PM on PBS’s Independent Lens. FMI: http://www.pbs.org/show/independent-lens/episodes/
An Evening With Dolores Huerta
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 7:30
Eckerd College, Fox Hall (map)
St. Petersburg FL
Huerta will share her story and thoughts with the community during this special event. Sponsored by the Col. Christian L. and Edna M. March International Relations Lecture Series, her talk is free and open to the public. FMI: https://www.eckerd.edu/news/events/
- St. Pete Earth Day will be Saturday, April 21 in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Their website is at http://www.earthdaysp.com/ and their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/stpeteearthday/
- UNITED FAITHS WALK OF PEACE
Sunday, April 29 2:00-5:00 PM
Gather at John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park
400 Main Street in downtown Dunedin FL (map)
Join Muslims, Unitarians, Catholics, Buddhists, Jews, Baha’is and others for a two-mile walk through Dunedin for peace, stopping for reflections on peace from many faiths.
For more information: Rev. Becky Robbins-Penniman. (727) 733-4125; RevSBRP@gmail.com; https://www.facebook.com/events/667220180154789
From the Women’s March St. Pete:
|Film Premiere ~ Heather Booth: Changing the World
Thursday, March 22 at 6 PM
Sunday, April 8, 12 PM – 6 PM
Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series:
Sunday, April 8 at 4:30 PM
An Evening with Jemele Hill:
Saturday, April 21, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
St. Petersburg Museum of History
Join the League of Women Voters of St. Pete for a festive fundraiser featuring Jemele Hill, former host of ESPN’s SportsCenter and current Chief Correspondent and Senior Columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated. Jemele will speak to the St. Pete community about the intersectionality of race and gender in our culture, the world of sports, and the broader professional spectrum, as well as, the role of journalism in making democracy work.