Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter


1. The Second Amendment: Myths and Realities lecture tonight
2. Anti-death penalty interfaith service tonight
3. Jean Donovan memorial service
4. Talk About Town: Coalition for the Homeless
5. Community Conversation: Domestic Violence Awareness in the Workplace 6. Florida and Women’s Suffrage
7. Show Support: Dunedin is Ready for 100% Clean Energy
8. Still No Room in the Inn caroling at homeless shelters
9. Paddle the Preserve: Estuary-Friendly Living

10. Equal Opportunity Day Gala
11. Free Concert: Rock for Human Rights
12. Execution set for Thursday, December 13
13. Christmas dinner for those experiencing homelessness
14. Memorial service for people who died while homeless
15. Peacemakers’ New Year event at Trident nuclear submarine base
16. Drag Queen Bingo January 17



Celebrate Outreach, the homeless aid coalition, will sponsor the 29th annual “Still No Room in the Inn” Christmas caroling at homeless residences on Friday, December 7.  This joyful event is an annual holiday tradition for many in the Tampa Bay area.  There are also holiday meals and a homeless memorial service coming up.  Details on those events are below.

Also below is information on an execution December 13, a talk on the original intent of the 2nd Amendment and a gathering against the death penalty tonight, November 30th; a peace and justice New Year’s gathering outside King’s Bay Trident submarine base; Peace First’s annual holiday December demonstration on Wednesday afternoons at 66th St and 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg; lectures; workshops; an ecological kayak tour of Weedon Island; and more.

Details on all these events are below.

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The Second Amendment: Myths and Realities
Friday, November 30    8:00 PM
Trustees Board Room; ninth floor of the Vaughn Center
University of Tampa
401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Saul Cornell, a leading authority on early American constitutional thought and the Second Amendment will be giving a talk The Second Amendment: Myths and Realities.  He argues that gun regulations were part of the original intent of the Founding Fathers.

Cornell is the Paul and Diane Guenther chair in American history at Fordham University, and the former director of the Second Amendment Research Center at the John Glenn Institute. He is the author of The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, which won the 2001 Cox Book Prize, and A Well-Regulated Militia: the Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America.

The talk is free and open to the public.  An interview with WMNF’s Rob Lorei is here

Cities for Life Interfaith Prayer Service
7:00 PM  November 30, 2018
The Franciscan Center

3010 N. Perry Avenue, Tampa

On November 30, events will be held at over 20 locations in Florida Catholic dioceses to recognize International Day of Cities for Life / Cities Against the Death Penalty. This annual event has been spearheaded by the lay Catholic community of Sant’Egidio since 2002. Over 2,000 cities across the globe have declared themselves “Cities for Life” and are committed to the abolition of the death penalty and to a more civil form of justice.

November 30 coincides with the anniversary of the first death penalty abolition in history, which occurred in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Italy on November 30, 1786.

The Franciscan Center
Interfaith Prayer Service
Local clergy and guest speakers:
Bishop Gregory Parkes, Reverend Kim Wells and Father Bob Schneider
Derrick Jamison, Death Row exoneree
Allison Ferber Miller, Senior Assistant Public Defender, Sixth Judicial Circuit

Light refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with Derrick Jamison and Allison Ferber Miller from 6-7 PM.


JEAN DONOVAN MEMORIAL SERVICE: On December 2, 1980, four Catholic missionaries from the United States working in El Salvador were raped and murdered by five members of the El Salvador National Guard. Maryknoll nuns Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Dorothy Kazel and lay missionary Jean Donovan (L-R) were killed because the El Salvador military dictatorship feared their work with the poor.

At 5:30 PM on Sunday, December 2, a candlelight memorial prayer service will be held at Jean Donovan’s grave at Sarasota Memorial Park.   The service is sponsored by Manasota Chapter of Pax Christi USA.  For further information on the service, contact Russ Banner at  or (941) 217-5374. For more information on the four martyrs, click here and here



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Talk About Town: Coalition for the Homeless
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6 PM – 7 PM

People Places, LLC, 5742 Main Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652

Join People Places for a discussion with Don Anderson, Chief Executive Officer for The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County. He’ll discuss his organization’s work in the community and their mission to help the homeless regain hope, healing, and life.

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Community Conversation: Domestic Violence Awareness in the Workplace
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9 AM – 10 AM

5851 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781-3270

Join CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) for a disccussion on the effects domestic violence has on work teams and the fiscal health of an organization. This conversation is one of a 6-part series hosted by CASA on the impacts of domestic violence and how we as a community can come together to Stand Up To Silence.  RSVP –

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Florida and Women’s Suffrage
Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, FL 33602

Officially, the suffrage movement in the United States began with the Seneca Falls NY Convention in 1848, and ended with the greatest expansion of democracy on a single day in1920, yet few understand how it happened and Florida’s role in this struggle.

Learn from Presenter Tom Mortenson about the people of the suffragist movement and the stories behind Florida’s unique role as part of the five million women (and men) who fought for 72 years to get the vote. Hear how women’s suffrage unfolded, why there are so few monuments to this effort and why many of the names have been lost to history.

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Show Support: Dunedin is Ready for 100% Clean Energy
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6 PM – 9 PM

City of Dunedin City Hall, 542 Main St, Dunedin, Florida 34698

Show Support for moving Dunedin to 100% Clean Energy for All. The Dunedin City Commission is expected to consider a resolution to commit the City of Dunedin to a clean energy future. Dunedin is poised to join St Petersburg and Largo in Pinellas County – 99 other cities and towns in the USA have done it – Dunedin can be the 100th City in the USA to make the Commitment to 100% Clean Energy. Please wear green so that Commissioners can easily identify supporters.

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Still No Room in the Inn annual carol sing at homeless residences
Friday, December 7    6:30-9:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive St. Petersburg

Many Tampa Bay residents have made this Celebrate Outreach carol sing, which brings the songs of the season to precariously housed people, an annual tradition.   The caroling will begin at the Unitarian Church, then wind through downtown, stopping at residences and the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, ending on the waterfront in Straub Park with cookies and hot chocolate.  Rides back to cars will be provided.

“Still No Room in the Inn” takes its name from the Christmas story, when Jesus was born as a homeless refugee.  He was put in an animal’s feeding trough because there was “no room in the inn” for him and his refugee family.  The name is a reminder to us that two thousand years after the first Christmas there is “no room in the inn” for many in St. Petersburg.

The caroling is free and very open to the public.  Please invite friends, co-workers, and groups.  For more information: or (727) 894-2832.

The caroling is free and very open to the public.  For more information: or (727) 894-2832.

Paddle the Preserve: Estuary-Friendly Living
Sat, Dec 8 @ 2 PM
Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33702

Estuaries are productive coastal habitats where freshwaters meet the sea. Just as estuaries attract wildlife, they offer prime real estate for people.  No matter where you live in Tampa Bay, your actions can impact these valuable resources. Join UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County Sea Grant and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Extension Agents to learn how estuaries work and what you can do at home to protect them. The workshop includes a 2-hour, guided canoe trip into the waters around Weedon Island for a firsthand look at the Tampa Bay Estuary.

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Equal Opportunity Day Gala
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, Florida 33767

You are cordially invited to attend the Pinellas County Urban League’s 2018 Equal Opportunity Day Gala, in celebration of our 41st year of service. The theme for this year’s Gala, a formal affair, is “Yet, Still We R.I.S.E.” (Reach, Invest, Serve, Empower).

The Pinellas County Urban League’s mission is to assist African-Americans and others in need in the achievement of social and economic equality, implementing its mission through advocacy, research and direct service delivery of programs.


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Free Concert: Rock for Human Rights
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
1300 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3601

Rock for Human Rights launched to bring human rights awareness to tomorrow’s leaders using the power of music, visual media, and social networking. Many people do not have an understanding of their basic human rights, and fewer still have even heard of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights established over 70 years ago. Indeed, the first step towards making human rights a reality is raising awareness that these rights and agreements actually exist.

Rock for Human Rights combines live music from veteran musician Wil Seabrook and his band along with the award winning short film “The Story of Human Rights” and 30 accompanying Public Service Announcements that beautifully illustrate each of the basic rights fundamental to every person on earth.

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FLORIDA EXECUTION: Governor Rick Scott has ordered Jose Jimenez to be killed by the “People of the State of Florida” on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM. The Stay of his previous execution date was lifted by the Florida Supreme Court. Jimenez was convicted of killing Phyllis Minas in 1994. The details of Jimenez’s case are here.   This would be the 28th prisoner killing ordered by Gov. Scott – a new record for a Florida governor.

Equal Justice USA has put together this easy tool that will connect you directly with the Governor’s office and help you share your action. ACT NOW.

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

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 Thursday, December 13 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) 492-1590.

Manasota demonstration against the death penalty: A witness against the death penalty prayer vigil will take place on Thursday, December 13.  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 Rd., just north of Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota (map).  A short prayer service will follow at 6:00 PM.  Sponsored by Pax Christi USA—Manasota Chapter.  FMI:

On November 5th, there was yet another exoneration of an innocent person sent to Florida’s Death Row. There are now a national record 28 innocent people sentenced to Death and later exonerated despite many years of the state’s best efforts to execute them. Since Florida executions re-started in the 1970’s, 96 people have been executed. For nearly every 3 executions, an innocent person on Death Row has been exonerated. Take Action!

Annual Christmas Dinner
Christmas, Tuesday, December 25
3:00-6:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 5th St. N., St. Petersburg

Celebrate Outreach sponsors an annual Christmas dinner for over 150 homeless people who would otherwise go without. Workers will be needed all day to prepare, cook, serve, and clean up after the meal. To give food, funds, and volunteer help, and to schedule your work time: G. W. Rolle at or (727) 424-1088.


PEACEMAKERS’ ALERNATIVE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: Join peacemakers from all over the southeast and beyond at the annual Alternative New Year’s Gathering at Crooked River State Park, St. Marys, Georgia on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia border. The gathering will begin on the evening of Friday, Dec 28th and end the morning of Sunday, Dec 30th.  Participants will be home for New Year’s Eve.

St. Mary’s is home to the Kings Bay Trident submarine base.  Although the Cold War is supposedly over, Kings Bay is the home port for Trident submarines that carry Trident II nuclear missiles.

Activities will include leafletting on Friday, Dec 28th at the Stimson gate of the base from 3:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a pot luck dinner open to the wider community of peacemakers.  The gathering provides discussions of peace and justice issues; common meals; a chance to meet, socialize and strategize with peacemakers; and more.  The grounds of the park are wooded and cottages look out over the salt marsh estuary of the Crooked River.

Each furnished cottage at Crooked River features a fully equipped kitchen and bedrooms with two queen size beds, linens, some towels, a living room, and furnished kitchens with stove, refrigerator, pots and pans, and some utensils.

COST:  The cost of a space at a cottage is approximately $40 for the 2-night stay per person, depending on how many stay in a cottage.  Please make arrangements to pay your cottage holder your share of the cost prior to or upon arrival.

Lists of cottages and contact people for reservations are below.  Participants should bring food for two potluck dinners, two breakfasts and a lunch.

  • Nancy O’Byrne, PCFL – Cottage #9 (2 bedrooms-sleeps 8), 904-422-3618

  • John X. Linnehan, FCPJ – Cottage #10 (2 bedrooms-sleeps 8),  904-504-1004

  • Anne Richter, PCFL – Cottage #11 (2 bedrooms-sleeps 8)  , 727-796-6539

Crooked River website is at

FMI: Contact Nancy O’Byrne at, 904-461-9216

Mark your calendars now for the fabulous fundraiser that can provide six months of funds for over 150 diners a week at Celebrate Outreach’s Saturday morning breakfasts (see below for details about the breakfast).



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 organizers can provide them.  There is parking around the courthouse and the meters take credit cards.  For more information (FMI):

PEACE FIRST: During every Wednesday during December, Peace First will gather at its annual December site: the intersection of 66th St and 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg (click for map) from 4:30-5:30 PM. Royal Pets pet supply and a CVS drug store are on two of the corners.  Peace First will have signs concerning immigration, war toys, the Muller investigation and gun safety, but participants can bring their own.  Participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information contact Sarah at

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.





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