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Weekly Ongoing Events Calendar

Single Events:
1. Pinellas School Board candidate forums

  1. Congressman Charlie Crist town hall meeting
  2. Laundry Love: soap and pizza
  3. Florida execution August 14
  4. Edible City documentary
  5. Hiroshima remembrance at nuclear sub base
  6. Making Sense of Our Cultural Turbulence
  7. Circus McGurkis, the “People’s Fair”
  8. If Trump fires Mueller


In summer, many people in the Tampa Bay area head north and the need for assistance at local feeding programs increases.  The Loaves and Fishes Breakfast, which feeds over 150 homeless people every Saturday morning, needs volunteers.  The breakfast runs from 7:30-10:30 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.  To help, contact Anita Podgwaite at (727) 565-8742.  More details are in the Weekly Calendar.

Also below is information on a Hiroshima bombing remembrance at the largest nuclear submarine base in the world on August 6, and action to take to oppose another Florida execution, scheduled for August 14.  Also below is information on films, talks, Laundry Love soap and pizza, and more.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay


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.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS AT SENATOR MARCO RUBIO’S TAMPA OFFICEIndivisible 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 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. PETEThe 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.

Also, check the Pinellas County Progressive Calendar for more events.  Click here for the calendar.


1. Pinellas County School Board Candidates Forums
All parents, teachers and community members are invited to these non-partisan debates.


Tuesday, July 24

St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater
EC 104    6:00-8:00 PM

Monday, July 30

St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg College Music Center    6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, August 2nd
St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St., Seminole 33772
Digitorium   6:00 – 8:00pm

Sponsored by: League of Women Voters St. Pete., PCCPTA and Pinellas Education Foundation

Facebook Invite

  1. Congressman Charlie Crist Town Hall
    Saturday, July 28th 10 AM

Palladium Theater, 235 5th Avenue North in St. Petersburg 

This town hall with the Democratic U.S. Congressman from Florida’s 13th District is free and open to the public.  For more information (FMI): (727) 318-6770


  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







  2. Contact Governor Scott
  3. Demonstrations Tuesday, August 14th:
    – 5:00-6:00 PM at Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County 

– 5:30 PM  St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota (map).

Governor Scott has ordered the execution of Jose Jimenez for Tuesday, August 14th at 6pm ET. Jimenez was sentenced to death in 1994 after being convicted of killing Phyllis Minas.  Details on the murder are here

Please contact Gov. Rick Scott now with the direct action tool developed in partnership with Equal Justice USA.

Gov. Scott had been ordering a new execution every month before the U.S. Supreme Court essentially halted Florida executions by ruling Florida’s death sentencing scheme unconstitutional. This is the first execution scheduled by Scott since the February 22, 2018 execution of Eric Branch. This would be the 28th execution ordered by Gov. Scott, a new record for a Florida governor. Please Take Action

A summary of the problems with the death penalty is at


Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and ALL executions.
Phone: (850) 488-7146
Click on this e-mail address:

From Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

When you call or write, please be sure to give your name and where you live. If you are not a Floridian, provide a connection (i.e., visit Florida, have friends/family there, want to move there someday, etc). The staffer answering phones will be very nice and courteous. They won’t question or challenge you. They simply record the issues that people are calling for and make a tally to give to the Governor.

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 Tuesday, August 14th 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:   or (727) 692-9390.

Manasota demonstration against the death penaltyA witness against the death penalty and prayer vigil will take place on Tuesday, August 14.  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 Road (map).  The prayer service follows in the church at 6:00 PM.  Sponsored by Pax Christi USA-Manasota Chapter.  FMI:


  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.  A brief description of Edible City is below; details are at

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.














    August 6, 2018, the 73rd anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing    3:00-5:00 PM

Kings Bay Trident Submarine Base   St Marys, Georgia

Join southeastern peace activists and groups at the King’s Bay Trident nuclear submarine base for a legal, peaceful action to remember the dropping of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan.  The base is located in St. Marys, Georgia, on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia border.

This is the site of the Kings Bay Plowshares action, when seven Catholic Worker peace activists entered the Kings Bay, the largest nuclear submarine base in the world, on April 4th, 2018.  This date was the 50th anniversay of Martin Luther King’s assasination.   They hung banners, strung crime scene tape and poured their own blood on facilities at the base.  For information on the Plowshares, including their current legal status An extensive interview with King Bay Plowsharer Clare Grady, which explains the action and its legal, moral and religious rationale, is at

Park at the McIntosh Sugar Mill Park across from the Stimson Gate of the Kings Bay Base (map)  The group will gather for dinner at a local restaurant.  Sponsors of the action include From Trident to Life Campaign in the Southeast; Pax Christi, Florida; Pax Christi Georgia; and the Metanoia Peace Community.  FMI: John X Linnehan, 904-504-1004; Nancy O’Byrne, 904-422-3618.


  1. Making Sense of our Cultural Turbulence

Thursday October 11 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Unity of Tampa 3302 W. Horatio Tampa FL 33609



Weaving together evolutionary theory, stages of consciousness and culture, and other fields of study, interfaith minister and author Joran Oppelt examines the relationship between the bigger story of humanity and the current chapter narrated by our present circumstances.  $15 donation.  A flier with more information is here


  1. Circus McGurkis, the “People’s Fair”
    October 20, 2018
    Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S. St. Petersburg


The St. Petersburg American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) have sponsored Circus McGurkis, a peace, justice and art festival, since 1971.  FMI:

  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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