Pax Christi Tampa Bay newsletter


This coming week there are two chances in Pinellas County week to meet the gun safety student activists from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School:

Road to Change: Palm Harbor/Dunedin Townhall
When: Tuesday, July 10th from 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: 1134 Douglas Ave Dunedin, Florida
Details and RSVP here:

Road to Change: St. Petersburg Rally
When: Thursday, July 12th 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where: Williams Park (330 2nd Ave N, Saint Petersburg)
Details and RSVP here:

For more information (FMI): We the Students Inc. at or through the website Information on other Florida events is at

Below are items concerning the environment, Islamophobia, the calendar of weekly events, and more. Many of the events in this newsletter, along with others, are listed on the Pinellas County Progressive Calendar. Click here for the calendar.

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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 precariously housed. 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.

Indivisible and other local activist groups gather outside Marco Rubio’s office in the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map). 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):

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

WEEKLY POSTCARD PARTY: Join Indivisible FL-13 in reaching out to Pinellas voters and promote voting by mail every Tuesday at 6:00 pm at Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd. N. in St. Petersburg, FL 33703. For more information, or to help write postcards from home, please email for information.

PEACE FIRST: During every Wednesday in July, Peace First activists will be at the corner of 38th Avenue and 4th Street North in St. Petersburg from 4:30-5:30 PM (map). There are a McDonald’s, a Burger King, a Publix and a Chase Bank at this intersection. They will focus on gun violence and other issues, including immigration. Bring a sign, or they will provide one.

The group eats at a restaurant in an “after party” following the demonstration. For more information (FMI):

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: 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 Anita Podgwaite at (727) 565-8742 or G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.


  1. Film: Reinventing Power
    Wednesday, July 11 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM
    Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Rd, Largo, Florida 33771

    FREE Film! Reinventing Power: America’s Clean Energy Boom takes viewers across the country to hear directly from the people making a clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what is broken, rethink what is possible, and revitalize communities. These stories are proof that supporting a clean energy future means building a better, more prosperous future for everyone.Watch the Trailer Here5:30 PM Doors Open (Free light food and beverages available!)
    6:00 PM Reinventing Power Film Starts
    7:00 PM Discussion and Q&A.Take Action: The City of Largo is working on LEAP (Largo’s Environmental Action Plan) register to see the film Reinventing Power and stay up to date on developments – add your voice for a move to Clean Energy in Largo HERE.

    Facebook event page


2. Khaled Beydoun Book Tour – American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Friday, July 13 7:00 PM
Islamic Society of New Tampa (15830 Morris Bridge Rd, Thonotosassa, FL 33592)

Join author Khaled Beydoun and Chief Executive Director of Council on American-Islamic Relations Hassan Shibly as they discuss understanding Islamophobia and what the techniques for effectively combatting it.

FMI: Begum Becerik at
Facebook event page

  1. City of St. Petersburg Tree Planting Celebration and Litter Clean-up

Saturday, July 14, 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Tangerine Plaza parking lot, 1780 22nd St. S. (corner of 18th Ave. & 22nd St. S.)

The Litter Clean-Up will be held from 22nd St. S. to 49th S. S. Light refreshments and cleanup supplies will be available. The Celebration is free and open to the public.

RSVP to Alex Hancock to join a Clean Up Team at 727-893-7349 or FMI:

4. Me Facing Life: The Cyntoia Brown Story
Saturday, July 14 at 9:30 AM – 1 PM
Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, 600 Jones St., Clearwater FL

At 16 she was picked up by a 43-year-old man for sex. Alone at his home filled with guns, she got scared and killed him. The Tampa Bay Center for Community Transformation presents the first in its community film screening series, “Movies That Matter.” Join us for a viewing and post panel discussion of the story of Cyntoia Brown a teenager who became a child sex slave and later sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who used her.

Facebook page

5. St. Pete Solar Co-op Info Session
Thursday, July 19 @ 6 p.m.
Campbell Park Recreation Center, 601 14th Street South, St Petersburg, FL 33705

Live in south Pinellas County and want to go solar? Now’s your chance!

Neighbors across the area have formed a Solar Co-op with the help of the League of Women Voters, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the City of St. Petersburg, and Suncoast Sierra Club. Co-ops make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters.

Join the session to learn about solar energy, as well as how co-op membership simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power.

RSVP here
Facebook event page

  1. Summer Film Series

7:00 PM

Unity of Tampa Fellowship Hall

3302 West Horatio Tampa FL 33609

The Bridge’s Summer Film Series does not just inform; each film showing is followed by a discussion with local experts and advocates which will empower the audience for action. Each film is shown at 7:00 PM; a donation of $7.00 is suggested for each showing. A brief description of each film is below; details are at

July 20th | Mother Nature’s Child
This film explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development. It asks compelling questions about what it means to educate the ‘whole’ child and depicts the latest breakthroughs related to our relationships within the natural world (also relevant to adults).

August 24th| Edible City A fast-paced journey through the local Good Food Movement this film introduces us to extraordinary people who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system with innovative approaches like edible education and grassroots activism building the local economies.

7. Trash Tour – Tampa
Saturday, July 21 at 8 AM – 3 PM
E.G. Simmons Regional Park, 2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin, Florida 33570

Swamp Head Brewery and the Coastal Conservation Association Florida are teaming up for a coastal cleanup event for the whole family, with free food, beer and prizes.

Throughout 2018, the tour is traveling all over the state, visiting favorite fishing spots, and cleaning up Florida’s waterways. Participants can expect to fill their hands with beer, food, free goodies, and a day of competitive display of coastal conservation.

Each Trash Tour stop will be run as a free tournament-style trash round-up with prizes awarded for several different categories. Everyone involved over the age of 21 will also be awarded tasty bubbly beverages.

Facebook event page

  1. Soap and Pizza: Laundry Love
    Monday, July 30, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map).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



  1. IF TRUMP FIRES MUELLER: Indivisible FL-13 will sponsor an emergency rally in Demen’s Landing, St Petersburg if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller:
  • 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


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