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1. Making a Killing gun industry film

  1. Coalition of Immokalee Workers march in St. Petersburg
  2. Markeis McGlockton Rally for Justice with Rev. Al Sharpton
  3. Hiroshima remembrance at nuclear sub base
  4. Rally to Protect our Health Care
  5. Peace First August demonstration site
  6. Free barbecue lunch for veterans and friends
    8. Actions opposing August 14 execution
  7. 2018 St. Pete Sustainability Summit
    10. Science Café: Clyde Butcher, Audubon Society and Conservation
    11. The Bridge Summer Film Series: Edible City
  8. A History of Conservation exhibit
    13. Women’s Equality Day celebration
    14. Detergent and Dinner: Laundry Love





This newsletter features a variety of actions for a better world, including marches, rallies, panel discussions, protests, museum exhibits, films, and more.

This weekend, for example, there is a march supporting the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers ongoing struggle for justice from Publix and Wendy’s, and a march in support of Markeis McGlockton and against Florida’s deadly stand your ground law.

The calendar of regular weekly events is at the end of this edition of the newsletter.

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1. Film Screening: Making a Killing
Friday, August 3 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa 408 E Cayuga St Tampa, FL 33603

Join Moms Demand Action of Hillsborough for this film documenting the impact of the gun industry, and the billions of dollars made from gun sales, on the lives of everyday Americans. Stories of survivors and gun victims are highlighted, exposing the lives shattered because gun companies and the NRA have fought responsible gun legislation for the sake of profit. Discussion will follow the screening.

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2. Fair Food March
Sunday, August 5 from 3 PM – 4 PM
Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703

On Sunday August 5, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will return to Tampa Bay as part of its summer Florida action season to join allies for a march on Publix and Wendy’s.

Publix and Wendy’s have refused for years (eight and five years respectively) to join the CIW’s groundbreaking Fair Food Program — thereby refusing to guarantee fundamental human rights protections for the women and men who harvest our food. With the CIW and allies taking action in St. Pete, Miami, and Orlando, they will remind these two Fair Food holdouts that as long as they continue to turn their backs on farm workers, the Fair Food Nation will raise our voices to demand justice in the fields! We will not allow Publix or Wendy’s to continue rejecting farm workers and consumers’ demands for justice, respect, and accountability through the Fair Food Program.

The one-mile march will begin at 2:30 PM at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N. in St. Petersburg).

For more details, contact Alex Schelle (, 239-255-8418. Note: This march is scheduled so people can attend it and the Markeis McGlockton Rally, below.

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  1. The Rally for Markeis McGlockton
    Sunday, Aug 5 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    St. John Primitive Baptist Church
    1002 Palmetto St., Clearwater, FL 33755 (map)

Markeis McGlockton was a 28-year-old black man who was fatally shot in a Clearwater parking lot on July 19 by Michael Drejka, who is a legal firearm owner with a concealed carry permit. Pinellas deputies did not arrest Drejka for the murder of Markeis McGlockton, claiming that Drejka was protected by Florida’s stand your ground law.

Join Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Ben Crump at a rally supporting justice for Markeis McGlockton and opposing the stand your ground law. For more information contact National Action Network: 1-877-626-4651. Church phone: 727-443-1861.

    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 demonstration to remember the dropping of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. The base is 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 submarine base, the largest nuclear submarine base in the world, on April 4th, 2018. This date was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. 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) After the remembrance demonstration, 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.

5. #RallyToProtectOurCare with US Congressmen Charlie Crist and Joe Kennedy, III
Tuesday, August 7th Noon- 1:00 PMWilliams Park 350 2nd Ave N., St. Pete, 33701

The Congressmen will be joined by local residents and healthcare advocates to call on elected officials to protect the Affordable Care Act and Floridians’ access to affordable healthcare — fighting attempts to undermine protections for those with pre-existing conditions, holding “Big Pharma” accountable for rising prescription drug prices, and calling on Florida to expand Medicaid.

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  1. PEACE FIRST AUGUST SITE: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners in Pinellas County every week to speak for peace and justice.In August Peace First will gather at the corner of 34th Street/US 19 and 54th Avenue S. in St. Petersburg (map) Wednesday, August 8 and every Wednesday in August from 4:30-5:30 PM. This is the intersection next to the I-275 overpass near Eckerd College. A CVS Pharmacy and 7-11 are on that corner. Participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for an “after party” meal. FMI: To get on a mailing list of Peace First news and updates, send a request to

    Free veterans barbecue lunch
    Monday, August 13 12:30-2:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg homeless aid coalition Celebrate Outreach is hosting a free BBQ lunch with door prizes to raise awareness and seek donations for their Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets project. Jimmy Grignon and his colleagues from LP Building Products are sponsoring the event along with John and Lisa Riesebeck of local favorite Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ. The event, which is open to all veterans, homeless and housed, their family and friends, and community.

Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets models, designed by the students of USF School of Architecture and Community Design Program, will be on display. A presentation by project team members will demonstrate how compassion can be brought to life in architectural design. Come learn about our local veterans in need and participate in this essential project.

The lunch is free to all but donations to the Tiny Homes will be gratefully accepted enabling Celebrate to break ground by November.

For more information visit or contact Sabine von Aulock at 973-768-3256.


    Contact Gov. Rick Scott now

  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 penalty: A 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:

9. 2018 St Pete Sustainability Summit
Tuesday, August 14 at 3 PM – 7:30 PM

Childs Park YMCA, 691 43rd St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713

How does St. Petersburg get to 100% Clean Energy? A plan is in the works!

The Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) is well underway in advancing our city’s sustainability and resiliency initiatives, including a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and a roadmap for achieving 100% Clean Energy. Check out this ISAP Primer to find out what else the ISAP is putting into action. Attend the 2018 Sustainability Summit to find out more and share ideas.

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  1. SciCafe at the Dalí Museum: Clyde Butcher, Audubon Society & Conservation
    Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 – 7:30 PM

    The Dalí Museum and the Tampa Bay History Center team up for a panel discussion about the intersection of The Dali’s “Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain” and the History Center’s upcoming “A History of Conservation: A Bird’s-Eye View,” opening August 25 (see below).

Moderator Rob Lorei, news director at WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio, talks with panelists Peter Tush, curator of the Dalí Museum’s “Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain”; Ann Paul, regional coordinator at Audubon Florida and guest curator of “A History of Conservation – A Bird’s-Eye View” at the History Center; Paul Gray, science coordinator, Audubon Florida Everglades Program; and Ed Sherwood, executive director of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

This free lecture takes place at the Dalí Museum’s Raymond James Community Room. RSVP by Monday, Aug 20, 2018 at (727) 803-9799 ext. 102, by email at

11. The Bridge Summer Film Series: Edible City
Friday, August 24 at 7 PM
Unity of Tampa, 3302 W. Horatio, Tampa FL 33609

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. A discussion will follow the film with local experts and activists. Suggested $7 Donation

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    Opens Saturday, August 25

Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Presented by the Tampa Bay History Center in partnership with Audubon Florida’s Coastal Island Sanctuaries staff, “A History of Conservation: A Bird’s-Eye View” traces birds as an important part of mankind’s culture, from the early Greeks and Romans to John James Audubon’s study of North American bird life in the 19th century. This comprehensive exhibit, on view August 25, 2018 through February 10, 2019, details the history of conservation in the bay area, with a focus on its bird populations, the establishment of Florida’s Coastal Island Sanctuaries as well as local entities involved in wildlife and water quality recovery and protection. Learn More

13. Women’s Equality Day
Sunday, August 26 at 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club, 131 S Main St, Brooksville, Florida 34601

Join Central Gulf Coast Women’s March of Florida for an educational, inspirational and interactive day celebrating and honoring the strength, power and persistence of women in America and the 98th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The program of exhibits, speakers, song, drumming, arts, and more aims to explore the past, honor the present, and prepare for the future by bringing our unified POWER as WOMEN to the POLLS.

Tickets: $18 Everyone is welcome.

RSVP here
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  1. Detergent and Dinner: Laundry Love
    Monday, August 27, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map). L

    aundry 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


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 OFFICE: 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 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 AUGUST SITE: In August Peace First will gather at the corner of 34th Street/US 19 and 54th Avenue S. in St. Petersburg (map) Wednesday, August 8 and every Wednesday in August from 4:30-5:30 PM. This is the intersection next to the I-275 overpass near Eckerd College. A CVS Pharmacy and 7-11 are on that corner. Participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for an “after party” meal. FMI: To get on a mailing list of Peace First news and updates, send a request to

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.

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


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