Workshop Offers How-to for Citizen Action

Workshop Offers How-to
for Citizen Action
A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across America. Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process – either to support the policies of the current administration at the national, state or local level, or to oppose them. But many are unsure of how the process works. How does one begin to make a difference in the political world?

 

Former Congressman David Jolly and Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long will provide national and local perspectives on our system of government at a workshop as part of our Civics Literacy Initiative. Sponsored by the Institute and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. This free workshop will provide the basics of government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement.

 

Moderating the workshop will be Tara Newsom, Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at SPC, and Julie Kessel, president of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. They will give a brief overview of the nuts and bolts of government as well as strategies for engaging with elected and appointed officials. Advance registration is available here.
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Pax Christi Tampa Bay newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

NEWSLETTER ITEMS

Weekly Calendar with a new item
1. Act against Thursday’s execution
2. Drag Queen Bingo update
3. “Still No Room in the Inn” caroling date set
4. Women’s March St. Pete events list and Surly Feminists calendar link

Good folks,

Governor Rick Scott has ordered the execution of Mark Asay for next Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 PM, and local death penalty opponents will gather during the execution at the corner of 49th St. and Ulmerton Road in mid-Pinellas County. They will have signs like those above, or you can bring your own. A vigil and protest will also take place at 5:30 at St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S Beneva Road in Sarasota. Listed below are details and other actions you can take. A petition to halt the execution, with details about the murders and legal problems with the case, is here

Also below is a Drag Queen Bingo update and the Women’s March St. Pete events list.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS: Resist Trump Tuesdays, Indivisible Tampa’s ongoing dissent against Trump administration policies, is every Tuesday from 10:00 AM-11:30 at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa (map).  Note the new time; the demonstration has been moved earlier to avoid midday heat.  This is the group that caused Senator Rubio to close his Tampa office rather than hold a town hall meeting. For more information (FMI): https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleTampa/

PEACE FIRST SITE FOR AUGUST: Last Wednesday, a “Honk against hate” sign drew a huge positive response at the August Peace First demonstration at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg (map) .  Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning in August from 8:00-9:00 AM at this site. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection.

Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street (http://www.theburgdiner.com/) for breakfast.  For more information (FMI): sjstew@gte.net.

NEW ITEM: INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION RALLY: An ongoing demonstration focusing on an independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties and other issues concerning the Trump Administration is every Wednesday from 12:00 noon-1:00 PM on the sidewalks surrounding the St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N. in St Petersburg, FL 33711.  Bring signs! Organized by Floridians Against Corruption & Treason (FACT): https://www.facebook.com/FloridiansAgainstCorruptionandTreason
On August 30, the demonstration will be part of the Handmaids’ Protest; details are in the St. Pete Women’s March event list below.

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: http://uustpete.org/2014/09/17/friday-picnic-playground or (973) 768-3256.

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is the breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings that was supported by Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s. Volunteers serve a 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 some or all of the breakfast.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.

SINGLE EVENTS

 

 

  1. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO EXECUTE HIS 23RD FLORIDIAN: Governor Rick Scott has ordered the execution of Mark Asay for Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 PM. This would be Florida’s first execution in 18 months. Florida holds a national record for death row exonerations. In May, Ralph Wright, Jr., became the 27th exonerated Florida Death Row survivor – far more than any other state.

    The Florida Supreme Court directed that Wright be acquitted of all charges related to the murders of his ex-girlfriend and their son, ruling that the “purely circumstantial” evidence against him was insufficient to convict. Read the story here

    “If an Air Force Sergeant and former Orange County Deputy Sheriff with no criminal record can be wrongfully convicted and sent to death row,” said Mark Elliott, director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty,   “it can happen to anyone.”  Read his full statement at https://www.fadp.org/ This website also has articles and information about the death penalty, including an easy-to-read death penalty fact sheet.

    ACTIONS TO TAKE:
    Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and ALL executions.
    Phone: (850) 488-7146
    Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

    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, August 24 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: sjstew@gte.net  or (727) 492-1590.

    Manasota demonstration against the death penalty: A witness against the death penalty prayer vigil will take place on Thursday, August 24.  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).  The Prayer Service follows in the church at 6:00 PM.  Sponsored by Pax Christi USA—Manasota Chapter.  FMI: Rjbannerusa@gmail.com

  2. DRAG QUEEN BINGO REPORT: Thanks to the 200 people who supported Celebrate Outreach’s Drag Queen Bingo night in support of the Loaves and Fishes Saturday morning breakfast. Along with having a lively and hilarious evening, participants (with vigorous support from our bingo caller in drag) raised $1,800, enough to supply a weekly breakfast for over 150 people for the next sixth months.

    Mark your calendars now: Celebrate Outreach has scheduled another Drag Queen Bingo for January 17. Details will follow.

    3. CAROLING DATE SET: For 27 years, Tampa Bay residents have caroled at homeless shelters and retirement homes in downtown St. Petersburg as part of the “Still No Room in the Inn” carol sing. This year, the caroling will be on Friday, December 8. Since holiday schedules fill up fast, we are telling you now so you can mark your calendars. Details will follow.

    4. EVENTS CALENDAR: The Surly Feminists Events Calendar is a comprehensive listing of progressive political, educational, activist and cultural events in the Tampa Bay area:    https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4

    An events list from former members of the Women’s March St. Pete steering committee is below. They are volunteers working to keep fellow citizens informed. Join the e-mail list at amyw304@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Women’s Day at the Masjid

Aug 19

2pm @ 7326 E Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33610

Women’s Day at the Masjid is for women, conducted by women, and about women. Topics include: Islam 101, Women in Islam, Muslim Contributions to the World, and Hot Topics. Snacks provided.

https://www.facebook.com/events/464001567313326/

 

 

Aug 24 – Suds for Sustainability, 6 pm @ Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St, Dunedin, Florida 34698

Socialize, Network, and Enjoy!  Learn about various organizations and how they are helping our local environment and our planet. Representatives from local groups will briefly update us on what they’re up to and how you can get more involved. Then have a beer and catch up with old and new friends.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/749744428564322/

 

 

A Series of Sessions: Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer

  • August 28 – Session #1, 6:00pm @ American Stage Theatre Company, 163 3rd St N, St. Petersburg, FL
  • September 13  – Session #2, 

6:00 pm @  SPC – Midtown Campus, 1300 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

  • December 6 – Session #3, 6:00 pm @ SPC EpiCenter Services, 13925 58th St N, Clearwater, FL 33760

A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across America.

 

Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process – either to support the policies of the current administration at the national, state or local level, or to oppose them. But how does that work? What can citizens do to make a difference in the political world?

 

This fall, the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area will present three free public workshops where attendees will learn the basics of local government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement. Hosted by SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area.

 

Registration is free, but required: https://solutions.spcollege.edu/events/democracy-101-a-civic-action-primer/

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/259036351267092

 

 

 

Handmaids’ Protest ~ Women’s Rights are Human Rights

 

August 30, 12:00 noon @
St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg

 

Register here to participate and for free use of costume:
https://act.weareultraviolet.org/event/handmaids_resist_events_attend/1787

Join with UltraViolet and the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg’s Reproductive Rights Action Group in this visibility event to call out sexism and anti-women policies. If we don’t act, we might soon be starring in our own real-life version of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

This August is a key moment for women to resist – to rise up and boldly demonstrate that a society where women are treated as anything but equals will not be tolerated.

PLEASE NOTE: Ultraviolet is lending us outfits — you do not need to purchase or rent robes or bonnets as long as you register!!

St. Petersburg handmaids will walk in silent procession around downtown blocks; this is in tandem with the weekly Wednesday noon protests held by FACT at the Judicial Building.

Registration is free, but required. Click here!

 

September 16 – Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability SummitTaking Care of Our Peninsula on a Peninsula, 9:00am-12:30pm, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave SE, St. Petersburg 33701.
 

Sunrise Over the Bay will focus on how we are working toward clean energy and clean water. Topic include solar energy co-ops, actions the City and County have taken in support of solar energy, community solar opportunities, storm waste and wastewater planning, integrated sustainability action plan, and beach replenishment. Our goal is to educate and engage people about why we need Clean Energy and Clean Water in St Pete today!

 

REGISTRATION IS FREE, BUT REQUIRED:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hljhxzdab&oeidk=a07eeg0c71f3cf15f14

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/160301314539024/

 

 

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Lakewood UCC presence at Candlelight Vigil for Charlottesville

On Sunday evening, August 13, Susan Pomeroy and Sue Sherwood from LUCC attended the Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. This candlelight vigil drew people together within 24 hours of the tragic and deadly confrontations in Virginia. This gathering was organized by many local organizations, among them the Women’s March Pinellas Chapter.

It was a hushed atmosphere. Gradually 300-500 people of all ages gathered – silently walking across the park to stand together or sit on the grass and talk quietly – remembering, mourning. praying, and breathing deeply of the power of community. Many in the crowd quietly held signs as in the January marches: Love Trumps Hate, Black Lives Matter, We the People Can Resist. The Uhurus silently wove through the crowd with a sign and flyers for their mayoral candidate.

There were many inspiring speakers — County Commissioner Ken Welch and Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith among them — the crowd often breaking into applause. One shared that the violence of Charlottesville brought back memories of what it was like growing up in racially charged Florida decades ago, urging us to reach out to one another across the differences that divide us and claim common ground. City Council’s Darden Rice called us all to view again the photo of the car plowing through the crowd in Charlottesville and to look deeply into each of the faces there.

As the evening drew to a close, we were heartened by this caring community with the pink sky above us and the babies around us, cuddled and happy as we raised candles of hope for their future to be one of justice and peace. We lingered after the candle-lighting to hear the shared music and poetry – passion expressed in so many ways.

We were especially touched by Rabbi Michael Torop of Temple Beth-El, who blessed us with one of the most ancient prayers in Judaism:

Yevarechecha Adonai u’vishmarechav
May All that is Good surround you and protect you;
 
Ya’eir Adonai panav eleicha v’chuneka
May All that is Good enlighten you, and may you then shine it on others;
 
Yisa Adonai panav eleicha, v’yaseim lecha shalom.
May All that is Good be your constant companion, and may such Goodness bring you, indeed bring to all of us, wholeness, completeness, unity and peace.

–Sue Sherwood

Click on any picture for a larger image.

Here you can see the Vigil from the front near the stage. Squatting down & holding the “Hate Has No Home Here” sign is Joran Oppelt, President of Interfaith Tampa Bay. The Interfaith statement to the community is immediately below the picture.

Interfaith Tampa Bay Statement
 
In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, VA and as members of Interfaith Tampa Bay, we feel it is imperative to make our position clear.
 
It is the mission of Interfaith Tampa Bay to build bridges between individuals and faith communities through shared dialogue and experience, heal ourselves and our society by serving the community and fighting injustice together, and effect change in our world by promoting non-violence and religious pluralism.
 
This amazing and beautiful country belongs to all of us, not just one race, not just one religion. And while we believe in the benefits of multiculturalism, a culture of hate is not sustainable for our city, our society or the planet.
 
We invite people of all faiths (as well as our atheist brothers and sisters) to join us in our stand and support for what is right and just for all.
 
We believe that by whatever name we choose – God, Allah, Creator, The Force – there is something that connects us all. And that unifying principle, that Golden Rule – no matter how difficult it may seem – is that we love one another.
 
It is time to send a message to those who would support a culture of hatred, fear and xenophobia (specifically white nationalism and white supremacy). It is time for us to share the antidote for those who would poison the minds of our children. The message is that your time is up and we are not willing to let you divide us or run our country into chaos. The antidote is love, acceptance, courage, non-violence and dialogue.
 
Interfaith Tampa Bay stands in solidarity with all who uphold these principles in Tampa Bay and beyond.
 
Peace be upon you, Shalom aleikhem, As-salamu alaykum.
 
Sincerely,
The Board of Directors of Interfaith Tampa Bay
 
Joran Slane Oppelt, President
Imam Abdul Karim Ali, Vice President
Rev. J.C. Pritchett, Secretary
Rev. Doral Pulley, Treasurer
Rev. Canon Katie Churchwell
Rev. Katy Korb
Kitty Rawson

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Operation Attack July Newsletter

Operation Attack
1310 22nd Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33705 (727) 822-1187 www.operationattack.org

 

July 2017 Peggy Junkin & Diane Klamer – Lead Volunteers
Hours: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday each month)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (One evening a month)


The 2017-2018 school year will be beginning on August 10. Operation Attack continued our regular Tuesday morning schedule through the summer months, providing both food and children’s clothing. We hoped by continuing the summer schedule that our clients would feel less stress as they prepared for their children’s new school year. We appreciate your help in providing the students in our community the appropriate clothing, new underwear, socks, and a school uniform, if required. During the first half of the year we provided assistance to 271 families, clothed 301 children and fed 661 people.

We wish to extend a big Thank You to our friends at St. Andrew Lutheran Church who had a special collection for layette items in observance of Rachel’s Day. Rachel’s Day is a time set aside to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear. The day takes its name from Jeremiah 31:15-17, in which matriarch Rachel grieves for her children. We were blessed to receive baby items, including newborn diapers, sleepers, onesies, bibs, clothing and more.

Each one of you, with your regular donations, special food and clothing drives, and volunteering your time, are critical to our being able to serve our neighbors who need this support.

Volunteers Needed
• To launder, sort and organize by gender, items donated and purchased for layettes.
• To be an “on call” volunteer when we need substitutes for our regular volunteers while they are on vacation or there is a special need.

Clothing Needs
As well as underwear and socks, we especially need jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many of our schools.
Boys slacks/shorts, khaki or navy, size 5 -16
Girls slacks/shorts/skirts/skorts, khaki or navy, size 5-16, teen 7 & 9
Polo shirts without logos for both boys and girls, size 5-16, teen S,M,L
(white, navy, hunter green, maroon, sky blue, red)
We also welcome donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors we serve from the Neighborly Care Network.

Food Needs
We can always use canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal.

Speakers/Tours available
We would be happy to speak to your group about Operation Attack or provide a tour of our facility.

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Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

NEWSLETTER ITEMS

1. Surly Feminists Events Calendar

2.  Catching the Sun documentary

3.  U.N. declares nuclear weapons illegal

4.  Drag Queen Bingo benefit for homeless

5.  Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance

6.  Governor Scott
schedules execution

7. Stop the killing of
23 people in Ohio

8. Surly Feminists
activist calendar

 

Good folks,

Every Saturday morning a group of well-housed and
homeless people join together at Trinity Lutheran Church to cook and serve
Loaves and Fishes Breakfast, a full breakfast for over 150 people
experiencing homelessness.

    

Description: Drag Queen Bingo logo St. Pete.jpg    On
Wednesday, July 26 you and your friends can support this breakfast by
attending the Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone
Blvd. N.
in St Petersburg. 

    Seating for dinner is between 6:00 and 6:30
PM
, and bingo starts at 7:00.  Bingo sheets cost $10 cash. There are
gift bags for the winners.  Those who have played Drag Queen Bingo know
how much fun it is; those who haven’t can find out for themselves next
Wednesday.  All proceeds go to Saturday morning breakfast.  A full
house will pay for six months of the breakfast.

     The website information for the bingo is here.  Homeless aid
and advocacy organization Celebrate Outreach sponsors the breakfast and the
fundraiser.  Information about their food program is at
http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/meals.html

Many
seats have already been reserved; call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 today
to make a reservation.  If you or your group would like to become part of
the community that serves on Saturday morning, call G.W. Rolle at (727)
424-1088.

Also below is information on planned executions in Florida and Ohio,
information on an historic U.N. treaty, and more.

At the end of the e-mail is a sample of the Surly Feminists activist
calendar. 
The calendar is available at https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS NEW TIME: Resist Trump
Tuesdays,
Indivisible Tampa’s ongoing dissent against Trump administration
policies, is every Tuesday from 10:00
AM-11:30
at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy
Boulevard
in Tampa (
map).  Note the
new time; the demonstration has been moved earlier to avoid midday heat.
This is the group that caused Senator Rubio to close his Tampa office rather
than hold a town hall meeting. For more information (FMI):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleTampa/

PEACE
FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST
: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on
street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice.  In July and
August,
Peace First will demonstrate every
Wednesday morning
from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time)
at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in
St. Petersburg.  There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean
Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection.  This is a new
site for the group.  It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road
leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic.  A map is at
https://www.google.com/#q=54th+avenue+and+49th+st+n+st+petersburg+fl   

Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th
Street (
http://www.theburgdiner.com/) for
breakfast.  For more information (FMI):
sjstew@gte.net.

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, the breakfast held at
Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings, is the breakfast supported by
Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s on July 26 (see above). Volunteers serve
a 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 some or all of the breakfast.   Please contact G. W.
Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.


SINGLE
EVENTS


1. EVENTS CALENDAR:
The
Surly Feminists Events Calendar is a
comprehensive listing of progressive political, educational, activist and
cultural events in the Tampa Bay area:   
https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4

2.  CATCHING THE SUN DOCUMENTARY: Catching the Sun examines the workers and entrepreneurs who are leading the
transition to a clean energy future.  Following the film, County
Commissioner Pat Kemp, Dr. Rick Garrity of the Hillsborough Solar Co-Op, Bakari
Kennedy of the Suncoast Credit Union, and activist Daivd Sillman of the Florida
Sun Co-op will lead a discussion.

 

The film will be shown at 7:00 PM on Friday, July
21
at the Unity of Tampa Fellowship Hall, 3302 West Horatio in
Tampa.
Suggested donation is $7.00.
Details on the final film in the summer film series, the James Baldwin
documentary I Am Not Your Negro, are
here

3. U.N. DECLARES
NUCLEAR WEAPONS ILLEGAL
:
  An historic event in early July was
largely ignored by the media.

On July 7th, the United Nations passed the first treaty banning
nuclear weapons. 
The ban includes possessing and testing nuclear
weapons.  One hundred twenty-two non-nuclear nations voted in favor of the
treaty.  The nine nuclear-armed nations, NATO members (except the
Netherlands), Japan and South Korea boycotted the negotiations for the
treaty.

Despite the boycott, scholar Nina Tannenwald explains
the historic game-changing importance of the treaty in her
Washington Post column
 “The U.N. just passed a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
That actually matters.

The column has excellent links about the historical and current disarmament
campaigns.

At the activist level, National Catholic Reporter writer Chris Herlinger reports on
the anit-nuclear weapon effort uniting the young and the elderly life-long
activists in
Opposing nuclear weapons, young and old find common
ground
.”

In the article “
Peace activists
laud nuclear weapons ban
,”  Cmdr. Robert Green, a retired member of the
British Royal Navy who now heads the New Zealand-based
Disarmament & Security Center  told a
reporter on July 3 that the current global stalemate over nuclear arms is due
to “a nuclear protection racket that is being conducted by U.S.-led
organized crime syndicate for the benefit of the military industrial complex,

using nuclear deterrence dogma as a counterfeit currency of power. This treaty
is going to break through that. We have rumbled
them. We are going to go ahead and do this.”

Even if no more nuclear weapons are tested or used, they are still
deadly to the common good.  The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation
Studies has shown that the United States is planning to spend $1 trillion
over the next thirty years
to maintain and replace its nuclear
arsenal:  http://www.nonproliferation.org/us-trillion-dollar-nuclear-triad/

4. DRAG QUEEN BINGO BENEFIT: Support the
Saturday morning breakfast for people experiencing
homelessness
with Drag Queen Bingo on Wednesday, July 26 at
Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Petersburg.
Details are at the beginning of the newsletter.

5. HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI
REMEMBRANCE
:
An observance of the 72th anniversary of the atomic bombing
of Hiroshima, Japan (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki, Japan (August 9, 1945) will
be held at the Kings Bay Trident Nuclear Submarine Base in St. Marys,
Georgia
on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia state
line.  The observance will be from 3:00-5:00 PM on Wednesday,
August 9
at the Stimson Main Gate of the base, at the corner of
Charlie Smith Sr. Highway and Kings Bay Road (map
here).
Participants should bring their own signs and banners; handouts will be
provided.  FMI: John Linnehan at  metanoia.mx@gmail.com or (904)
504-1004.

6. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO EXECUTE HIS 23RD
FLORIDIAN
:
Governor
Rick Scott has ordered the execution of Mark Asay for Thursday,
August 24
at 6:00 PM. This would be Florida’s first execution in 18
months.
  Governor Scott had already broken the
record for most executions under a Florida governor (23). Florida also
holds a national record for death row exonerations.  Last month,
Ralph Wright, Jr., became the 27th exonerated Florida Death Row survivor – far
more than any other state.

The Florida Supreme Court directed that Wright be acquitted of all charges
related to the murders of his ex-girlfriend and their son, ruling that the
“purely circumstantial” evidence against him was insufficient to convict.

“If an Air Force Sergeant and former Orange County Deputy Sheriff with no
criminal record can be wrongfully convicted and sent to death row,” said Mark
Elliott, director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death
Penalty,   “it can happen to anyone.”  Read his full statement
at https://www.fadp.org/

ACTIONS
TO TAKE:
Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and
ALL executions.

Phone: (850)
488-7146

Email:
Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

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, August 24 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:
sjstew@gte.net  or (727) 492-1590.

Manasota demonstration against the death penalty: A witness against the death penalty prayer vigil will
take place on Thursday, August 24.  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).  The Prayer Service follows in the church at 6:00
PM.  Sponsored by Pax Christi USA—Manasota Chapter.  FMI:
Rjbannerusa@gmail.com

Description: https://assets.change.org/photos/4/gd/nq/fHgdnQUqocvTGPY-556x313-cropped.jpg?14992760187. STOP THE KILLING OF 27 PEOPLEGovernor John Kasich of Ohio wants to execute 27
people back-to-back.
 Joe D’Ambrosio, an Ohio exoneree who spent 22
years on death row, and four other Ohio exonerees have started a petition to
Governor Kasich, asking him to halt executions.  Read the petition and
sign it
here.

 

8. SURLY FEMINISTS CALENDAR:

 

 

 

 

Below are listed
activities in the Tampa Bay area that may be of interest to you. A
more comprehensive calendar of events managed by Surly Feminists is
always available at
https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4. Bookmark
it!

 

Whenever
possible, we have included a link to follow for more information.
Understanding that not everyone is on Facebook, we strive to provide
an alternative link in addition to those pointing to Facebook event
pages.  However, more and more event planners are promoting
only via Facebook and may not offer another website. Note that
we do our best, as volunteers, to provide as much info as we can.

Every Tuesday-Resist Trump Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Corner of Kennedy and Dale Mabry
Blvd, Tampa. Sponsored by Indivisible Tampa – Join us every Tues for
our ongoing show of dissent! Bring your favorite sign.

Every Wednesday – Independent Investigation Rally, 12 noon –
1:30pm @ St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N, St
Petersburg, FL 33711. Ongoing Wednesday rallies to demand a
public, independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties. Bring
signs! We meet on the sidewalks surrounding the St. Pete Judicial
Building.  Organized by Floridians Against Corruption &
Treason (FACT).

  • https://www.facebook.com/FloridiansAgainstCorruptionandTreason

 

 

July 20 – Armed with
Art: Let’s make gun violence history!


6:30-8:30pm, St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd
Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701. 

 

The League of
Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area invites you to a
memorable evening of art, history and wine, benefiting
organizations working to keep guns off campuses.  Mingle while
you sip beer and wine, enjoy an array of epicurean delights, and
tap your feet to live music – all to the backdrop of the St.
Petersburg Museum of History’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking
the waters of beautiful Tampa Bay.  The League has joined
forces with our local creative community to present rousing
interactive art, and an auction of visionary artwork highlighting
the importance of gun safety and the devastation of gun violence.
Dr. Marjorie D. Sanfilippo of Eckerd College will be honored
for her extraordinary work to keep guns off campuses. St. Pete
band, Trailside Phantoms, will provide their unique blend of
rock, americana, funk, jazz, and blues.

21+
Doors open at 6 for art preview
Beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price
Cash liquor bar

Tickets are available now. Advance sales only. $50

  • http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eebhxr5578ce908f&llr=jhigmrdab
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1909816409299031/

July 20 – Coffee for the Climate: 

Climate March Film
Screening & Community Solutions Workshop. 

6-8pm @ The Blind
Tiger Cafe ~ 1901 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

 

Are
you concerned about climate change, but don’t know what to
do? Do you want to learn about the problem, the solutions, and
get involved in your community?  

 

Join fellow residents
and activists for a screening of “People’s Climate March,”
the premier production by theLedge Media. Participate in a discussion
about what the next steps will be in the march toward climate
justice. 


Following the film, community members will engage in a workshop to
answer the question, “what now?” How can we come together
to advocate for progress on the local level, given the gridlock in
Washington?  How can we work together to make an impact in our
community?  

  • https://www.facebook.com/events/802690753189359/

 

 

July 22 – Women’s Day at the Mosque
– Educational Forum

 

10:30
AM – 2 PM

Islamic Center Of
Hernando County, 6307 Barclay Ave, Spring Hill, FL 34609

 

If you have never
been to a “Women’s Day At the Mosque – Educational
Forum,” you are in for a real treat. These women are some of
the most educated, gracious, community minded, and amazingly
powerful women, you will ever meet.

THEIR STORY . . .
“As Muslims in the United States these community minded women
felt the need to educate the public about this most misunderstood
religion. They believe that the sharing of knowledge dispels fear.
And in addition, that all it takes is effort on their part to
educate those that are willing to listen, ask questions, and to
learn. This was what began their journey into offering their
perspective of “Islam 101″ to the general public.”
(paraphrased from content shared by our local Islamic Women)


This is a WOMEN’S ONLY day of learning. A day of asking questions.
A day of sharing and creating community relationships with women of
diverse, interesting, and rich backgrounds.

After the educational forum, we will gather together for a
wonderful lunch provided by our hosts. This is the perfect
opportunity to ask more questions directly to the various women in
a more intimate, yet casual setting.

 

https://www.meetup.com/PascoActivists/events/240792311/

https://www.facebook.com/events/739103582944363

 

 

July 27 – Unified #GenderEquality


6-9pm

Morean Center for
Clay, 420 22nd St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712

The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay is proud to present
UNIFIED, Florida’s premier live-art event focused on celebrating
the Women of Tampa Bay. This will be an exciting night of live art,
performances and discussions designed to positively promote Gender
Equality, featuring locally and internationally recognized artists,
performers and community leaders.

A portion of proceeds from each ticket will go to Community Action
Stops Abuse (CASA) and to hunger programs.

  • https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unified-genderequality-tickets-34373912297?aff=eac2
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1680333432269095/

July 29 – Fight for 15 Full Speed Ahead. 2-4pm @ St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745
9th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713

One month before the St Petersburg City Primary, we are coming
together as a movement to speak about the incredible door to door
campaign we’ve been running as well as the powerful activism we’ve
been leading across the state.

Come hear about some of the other amazing work going on in Pinellas
County from other resistance groups and how we can all come together
in the fall to make a powerful statement together.

 

  • http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Fight-for-15-Fight-for-15-Full-Speed-Ahead-St-Pete
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1920734424882579/

 

St.
Petersburg City Election
Candidate Forums

Plenty of chances for
voters to interact with candidates this month in St. Pete!  This
Times blog post lists many of them:

 

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuzz/plenty-of-chances-to-see-rick-v-rick-debates-this-month-in-st-pete/2329424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fran Whitney gives children’s sermon

Today, Fran Whitney gave the children’s sermon and it was full of memories for everyone: “here’s the church, and here’s the steeple, open the door and there’s the people!” It was a sermon beyond beautiful
Photos by Yoko Nogami

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Lakewood UCC youth in Japan as Student Ambassador for City of St. Pete


Lakewood UCC member Zach Blair-Andrews was selected as a Student Ambassador for the City of St Pete and is currently visiting our sister city, Takamatsu, Japan. This cultural exchange program provides 2-3 students from each city the opportunity to live with host families and explore each other’s world. During his 11 day visit, Zach will give a presentation on St Pete to the Mayor of Takamatsu and once he returns, he will educate us about life in our sister city across the globe.

Below is a video Zach made of St Pete with an original soundtrack of his own that he is playing for the Mayor in Takamatsu tomorrow–he loves our city!

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United Church of Christ presence at St. Pete Pride 2017

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World Refugee Day Commemoration

Each year the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force hosts a local event to commemorate World Refugee Day.
This is one day set aside internationally to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees.

This year’s local event will be held on June 16th at 1:00pm at Pinellas Technical College located at 901 34th Street South in St. Petersburg.

The event will begin at 1:00pm with a networking time in the lobby area featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres from the PTC Culinary Arts Department and live music from Lakewood High School’s 54th Ave Jazz Combo.

At 2:00pm a short program will be held in the main auditorium featuring Al Ruechel of Bay News 9 as the Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Kriseman of St Petersburg providing opening remarks and a Dance of Hope by refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A brief awards ceremony will also recognize 5 former refugees/immigrants who have distinguished themselves by giving back to our refugee population in our community through our “Making a World of Difference” awards. These awards highlight the fact that our community is stronger and more welcoming because of the former refugees/immigrants who invest their time and resources here by giving back.

Finally, a citizenship ceremony will be held with 30 former refugees becoming U.S. citizens. The keynote speaker will be Sandra Grudic, a Pinellas County high school teacher, former refugee from Bosnia and current volunteer for refugees in our community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Doug Haskitt at HASKITTD@pcsb.org

World Refugee Day Celebration:

“Yesterday, Refugees–

Today, Americans”

When:   June 16, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Pinellas Technical College, 901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33711. From 34th Street South, go westbound on 11th Ave. S. (across from Gibb’s High School), go past the Commercial Trucking Training Area on your right, and take your 2nd right into our Main Parking Lot. The Main Entrance and Reception Area will be on the north side of the Main Parking Lot in the center of the building.

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Celebrate Florida June-July 2017



Celebrate Florida newsletter

 

 

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  May 31, 2017  
 

Greetings Florida UCC members,

Here are the links to the June/July issue of Celebrate Florida. You will find two versions of this document; one is the standard PDF, and the other is the interactive version, which requires that your computer has a Flash player.

Standard version

Interactive version

We hope you will find this issue informative, especially the articles about:

• Earth Day, Easter and “Time for Conversations.”

• Congregational activities around music, the arts, movies, books … and food!

• Creative ideas to energize, motivate and expand your ministry; this issue is chock full of possibilities.

• The many opportunities open to our Florida congregations, clergy and members (see box on page 1).

Thanks to all those churches that share information about what has been happening in their congregations. But if you aren’t, maybe the reason your church isn’t mentioned is because we don’t hear from you. If your church is one that does not share with us, there’s a simple solution: add us to your mailing list, either electronic or hard copy. Mail us your information — hard copy (to 9300 University Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32817) or electronic (to celebrateflorida@uccfla.org). Yes, we do want to know what you are doing; there is always room for more good news.

We especially appreciate your providing the Celebrate Florida link information above to church members via your Sunday bulletin, newsletters, e-communications and your website. Please help spread all the good news about the United Church of Christ in Florida among your church members.

With blessings and appreciation for our covenant,

Rick Carson
Editor

 



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