Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter
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
7. Stop the killing of
23 people in Ohio
8. Surly Feminists
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
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
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)
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
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/
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): email@example.com.
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.
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.
1. EVENTS CALENDAR:
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
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (904)
6. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO EXECUTE HIS 23RD
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
Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and
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: email@example.com 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
7. STOP THE KILLING OF 27 PEOPLE: Governor 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
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 &
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.
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
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
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
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
July 22 – Women’s Day at the Mosque
– Educational Forum
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.
July 27 – Unified #GenderEquality
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.
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.
Petersburg City Election
Plenty of chances for
voters to interact with candidates this month in St. Pete! This
Times blog post lists many of them: