Another Florida Execution Scheduled

Governor Scott has ordered the execution of Michael Lambrix for Thursday, October 5th at 6pm. This would be the 25th execution ordered by Gov. Scott, a new record for a Florida governor. Originally scheduled for February 2016, Mr. Lambrix’s execution was put on hold when the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hearst decision declared sentencing juries must be unanimous. There were hopes that Lambrix would be resentenced to life in prison, where he has already served 33 years. But the state of Florida has since determined that the Hearst decision could not be considered retroactive, so the 8-4 and 10-2 jury decisions to execute have been declared legally binding.

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty works for restorative justice in the form of effective alternatives to the death penalty. More information is available at https://www.fadp.org/ We expect that there will be a vigil at the time of execution; information about that will be shared when available. In the meantime, letters to Gov. Scott (400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399) are an appropriate response.

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Help for Hurricane Harvey

Help for Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Evacuees are helped to dry land after their homes were inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is already engaged in response to Hurricane Harvey by supporting partners and planning for recovery. Giving to the Harvey appeal ensures that 100% of your support will be used for disaster relief and rehabilitation targeting the unique needs of vulnerable individuals and families. We do this by being nimble and adaptable in each disaster which allows us to fill gaps in services through provisions of spiritual care, community organizing, repair and reconstruction of homes, tools, building materials and volunteer coordination.

This Epic disaster will require an epic response. Your generous contribution today makes the long-term response that will be needed, possible.

Read more about how UCC Disaster Ministries is responding and how you can help by clicking here.

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League of Women Voters’ Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability Summit

Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability Summit
When
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Where

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Ave SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
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Hello Claire!

Solar panels, bicycles and electric cars, green stormwater management, preserving beaches. Each of these helps make our area more sustainable.
What’s going on in your county? Your city? Maybe even your neighborhood?
 
Sunrise Over the Bay, sponsored by the LWVSPA Sustainability Action Group, will look at the many ways organizations and individuals are working towards clean energy and clean water–and sustainability.
Speakers include:
  • Alan Brand, AKA the “Solar Shepherd”
  • Mary Dipboye, FL SUN Solar Co-op
  • Claude Tankersley, St Pete Public Works
  • Holly Greening, Tampa Bay Estuary
  • Andy Squires, PC Beach Restoration
  • Susan Glickman, Southern Alliance Clean Energy
  • Dr. Gary Mitchum, Associate Dean,USF College of Marine Science
Topics will include solar energy co-ops, actions the City and County have taken in support of solar energy, and community solar opportunities. Also, as part of the conversation about climate change, participants will explore stormwater and wastewater planning, integrated sustainability action planning, and beach replenishment,
Register Now!
Doors will open at 8:00 am. A 20-minute break mid-program between sessions when light refreshments will be provided.

 

Metered street parking is available, along with the pay lot at the Mahaffey Theatre.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. Tables will be available at no charge to non-profit exhibitors. Please reply to this email to reserve your vendor/table spot.
We hope to see you at Sustainability Summit 2017!
LWV-St. Pete Sustainability Action Group Co-Chairs,
Lisa Vanover
Claire Karas
Susan Tuite
LWVSPA, P.O. Box 11775, St. Petersburg, FL 33733
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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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St Petersburg Plastic Bag Ban Petition

As the St. Petersburg City Council considers a ban on plastic bags, 36 members of Lakewood UCC signed a petition in support of such a ban. Along with the petition, Rev. Kim Wells sent a letter of explanation, it read:

Dear Members of the St. Petersburg City Council,
Greetings!  Our church is committed to the directive in the book of Genesis that humanity care for the Earth (Genesis 1:28).  We take this responsibility very seriously.  We feel an obligation to protect the Earth and all of the life that it supports.  We continue to seek out ways to fulfill this requirement of the Christian as well as the Jewish faith.
To this end, we enclose a petition in support of the limitation of the use of plastic bags.  This petition was circulated in church on the past two Sunday mornings.  There were about 30 people in attendance each Sunday.  We feel that the banning of plastic bags is an important way to show greater care and respect for the Earth and for the wildlife of our area.
I was in Portland, OR for a week in May attending a meeting and seeing the area since I had never been there.  After four days, I noticed that I had not been given a plastic bag at a store.  Paper bags had been used.  The next time I went to a store I asked about this.  Was there some kind of law or prohibition against plastic bags?  Oh yes!  The clerk was very enthusiastic about it and was quite surprised to hear that we did not have this in Florida.
Thank you for pursuing this initiative here in St. Petersburg.  Hopefully other municipalities will follow suit.  It’s good to live in a city that is setting the pace!
Many thanks for your leadership and service.
Blessings,
Rev. Kim Wells, pastor
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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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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

 



Celebrate Florida archive

UCC in Florida website


UCC national site

Donate now


United Church of Christ in Florida
9300 University Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32817
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(407) 835-7501
(800) 432-8311
flaconf@uccfla.org

 

 

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One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers, come TOGETHER for a wonderful afternoon of music!

Sunday, May 28, 4:00pm
One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers Free Concert

Two great community choruses- One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers, come TOGETHER for a wonderful afternoon of music! This concert is FREE, and will include Freedom Songs, Civil Rights Songs, Spirituals, and Gospel Songs. You don’t want to miss it!
A freewill collection will be taken to benefit the choruses and Lakewood Methodist Church.

Location for One City Chorus and The Alumni Singers Concert:Lakewood United Methodist Church-5995 MLK Jr St. S, St. Pete

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Rolling student fast of 2017 takes its place in storied annals of fight for Fair Food…

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Rolling student fast of 2017 takes its place in storied annals of fight for Fair Food…

Weeklong fast at Ohio State University tapped into Dr. King’s “power in the universe that works for justice” and inspired a month-long movement on over a dozen college campuses;

Fast forges new leaders for the fight ahead, lays the groundwork for a student-led surge in the Wendy’s Boycott this fall!

A little historical context…

Following the Montgomery Bus Boycott victory in 1956 — a year-long campaign that marked the first significant triumph of Dr. Martin Luther King’s methods of creative non-violence — Dr. King was invited to speak at the University of California at Berkeley.  The speech he delivered that day, June 4th, 1957, laid out the theological underpinnings of Dr. King’s new, and startlingly effective, philosophy of social change.  That philosophy would come to guide his life’s work over the next decade and help the Civil Rights Movement successfully mine a deeply-buried vein of enduring justice that laid below the layers of brutality and exploitation comprising America’s awful history of racial oppression.  Here is an excerpt from his speech, entitled “The Power of Non-Violence”:

… SOME POWER IN THE UNIVERSE THAT WORKS FOR JUSTICE

I am quite aware of the fact that there are persons who believe firmly in nonviolence who do not believe in a personal God, but I think every person who believes in nonviolent resistance believes somehow that the universe in some form is on the side of justice. That there is something unfolding in the universe whether one speaks of it as a unconscious process, or whether one speaks of it as some unmoved mover, or whether someone speaks of it as a personal God. There is something in the universe that unfolds for justice and so in Montgomery we felt somehow that as we struggled we had cosmic companionship. And this was one of the things that kept the people together, the belief that the universe is on the side of justice. (emphasis added)

The bolded sentence in the excerpt above is the theme of today’s post.  The power to which Dr. King referred of non-violent protest to tap into a sort of universal instinct for justice — and, doing so, vastly multiply its impact beyond the immediate reach of the action itself —  is real.  It is the thread that ties the sacrifice and struggle of the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the many fasts undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi in his lifetime to challenge colonial rule and promote Hindu-Muslim unity in India decades before it, and to the remarkable rolling student fast in support of the Wendy’s Boycott that took place on over a dozen college campuses this past spring, decades after it.

And it is the power that will propel that nascent student-led movement to new heights this coming fall, to the booting of Wendy’s restaurants off campus after campus in the school year ahead, and, ultimately, to a Fair Food agreement between Wendy’s and the farmworkers whose exploitation has fueled the fast-food giant’s profits for far too long…

Head over to the CIW website for a full reflection on the historic rolling student fast of 2017!

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Gun Safety Action Team Advocacy Webinar

League of Women Voters of Florida
Gun Safety Action Team Advocacy Webinar

When
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM EDT
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Where

This is an online event.

Greetings Leaguers and Coalition partners!

Are you passionate about keeping Floridians safe from gun violence and irresponsible gun legislation? Do you want to be a more effective advocate in fighting bad gun bills and promoting good ones? Then this LWVFL seminar is for you! We’re offering a one hour webinar on our gun safety advocacy program.
The webinar will include a review of the work that the Florida League has done in developing its gun safety advocacy, its focus on the health of the community, the formation of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and the promotion of our legislative goals — which include expanding background checks, banning semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and beating back expansive and reckless gun legislation.
Sign up to learn about SMART advocacy tactics and ACTION steps to support our legislative goals!
Presenters:
  • Patti Brigham, LWV Florida 1st VP and Co-Chair of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Andy Pelosi, Exec. Director of the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus and Co-Chair of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Julie Kessel, President of the LWV St Petersburg Area and Member of the Advisory Board of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Date and Time (EDT):

Wednesday, May 24, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Location:
This event is a webinar. Please register for the event and you will be provided with log-in and call-in instructions to participate. Be sure to register early as attendance is limited to 100.
So, sign up and get ready to ADVOCATE!
Register Now!
Sincerely,
Patti Brigham
First Vice President, LWV of Florida
League of Women Voters of Florida, 540 Beverly Court, Tallahassee, FL 32301-7530
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Pax Christi May 2017 newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

 

NEWSLETTER ITEMS

 

  1. Surly Fems Events Calendar
  2. Women of Color Speak Out
  3. Senator Rubio rally
  4. Tiny Homes Pig Roast
    5. Panel on ending homelessness in Pinellas County
  5. Free Clinic food sorters needed
    7. Global Network conference on line
  6. Peace Memorial Day
  7. Movies and activists
  8. Pax Christi Florida list of actions

 

Good folks,


The deadline for tickets to the Celebrate Outreach Pig Roast is this Wednesday, May 17. The pig roast will be Saturday, May 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Dr N. in downtown St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Proceeds will benefit CO’s Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Program. Details and online ticket ordering are here.

 

The Pax Christi Florida list of actions at the end of the newsletter lists actions that oppose war with North Korea, support the farmworkers’ boycott of Wendy’s, and ban fracking in Florida.

 

Also below are a summary of the Global Network’s international conference in Huntsville, a discussion of strategies to end homelessness, new Weekly Calendar entries, and more.

 

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR


NEW ENTRY: RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS: Resist Trump Tuesdays, Indivisible Tampa’s ongoing dissent against Trump administration policies, is every Tuesday from 10:30 AM-12:00 noon at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa (map). 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/

NEW PEACE FIRST SITE FOR MAY: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice.  In May, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 PM at the corner of 34th Street/US 19 and 38th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. There are two car lots, a Hardee’s and a Walgreen’s at this intersection (map). Participants usually gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information (FMI): SMcCown@tampabay.rr.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 is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to about 200 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The breakfast runs from 8:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate in one or all of the shifts: early (7:30-8:30 AM) to help prep the meal; mid-meal (8:30-9:30 AM) for serving; and late (9:00-10:30 AM) for cleanup. Volunteers should go to the side of Trinity Lutheran Church and take the elevator to the third floor.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.

A Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser for the breakfast is scheduled for 7:00 PM on July 26 at 7:00 PM at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Petersburg, FL on July 26 at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited; call 727-851-9386 for reservations.
SINGLE EVENTS

1. EVENTS CALENDAR: The Surly Fems 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

  1. WOMEN OF COLOR SPEAK OUT: On Friday, May 19 at 6:00 PM, author and activist J.A. Joshi will present effective tactics to build a meaningful and long-lasting coalition between people of color an white allies. She will speak at the Friends (Quakers) Meeting House, 130 19th Avenue SE in St. Petersburg 33705. 

    As an activist in Seattle and the northwestern United States, Joshi has been part of numerous campaigns to dismantle racism, sexism, and fossil fuel oppression. She has been interviewed on Democracy Now, quoted in the New York Times, delivered many inspirational keynote addresses, and put her body on the line during environmental campaigns. She was an organizer during ShellNo, Break Free PNW, the Northeast Oil Train Blockade, and for Earth Day and the People’s Climate Movement. FMI and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-color-speak-out-with-author-and-activist-ja-joshi-tickets-34236380937

 

  1. SENATOR RUBIO, WE NEED TO TALK: Despite repeated requests, Senator Marco Rubio refuses to meet his constituents. However, he is coming to St. Petersburg for a Republican Party fundraiser on Friday, May 19.

While Rubio is headlining the Pinellas County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, activist group Indivisible is holding a rally asking Senator Rubio to meet with his constituents, not just wealthy contributors. The rally will be from 5:00-9:00 PM at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive in St. Petersburg. FMI and updates, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1719705271379085/


  1. TINY HOMES FOR HOMELESS VETS PIG ROAST: An authentic Puerto Rican Pig Roast to benefit homeless veterans will be Saturday, May 20 at the historic Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Dr N. in downtown St. Petersburg, FL 33701.The pig roast will feature American and Puerto Rican side dishes, a cash bar, dessert, and a chance to contribute to building a model tiny house. There will also be vegetarian options for non-meat eaters.

    The feast will begin at 6:00 PM. Tickets are available for a donation of $25.00. Please purchase by this Wednesday, May 17 at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authentic-puerto-rican-pig-roast-to-benefit-tiny-homes-for-homeless-vets-tickets-33991734192?aff=es2

 

All proceeds will go to the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project of Celebrate Outreach, an interfaith coalition of groups working to end homelessness. For more information, call (973) 768-3256 or go to www.celebrateoutreach.org/

  1. STRATEGIES TO END HOMELESSNESS IN PINELLAS: On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board will host a panel discussion and community dialogue surrounding effective strategies to end homeless in our community.

 

The event will be held at the Salvation Army’s Social Services Complex, 1521 E. Druid Road, Clearwater, Florida 33756.  Registration and Networking will be from 5:00 to 5:30PM.  The program will begin at 5:30 PM and conclude at 7:00 PM.

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  1. FOOD SORTING AT THE FREE CLINIC: The St. Petersburg Free Clinic needs help from groups and individuals sorting a donation of over 100,000 pounds of food. For information on how to help, contact Coordinator of Volunteers and Special Events Kaitlynne Silvers at (727) 821-1200 ext.114.
  2. GLOBAL NETWORK CONFERENCE ON LINE: An excellent summary of “Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space,” the 25th annual international conference of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space is at:

http://www.space4peace.org/reports/gn_huntsville_17.htm

Along with videos of the speakers, the site features photos of the protest and the attendees at the conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

8.  PEACE MEMORIAL DAY: The peace and justice community in the Sarasota/Manatee area will hold its annual Peace Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th, remembering the peace activists who have gone before us. The commemoration will begin at 11:00 AM at the Sarasota Peace Pole, located in Island Park, which is west of the intersection of Ringling Boulevard and Gulfstream Boulevard/U.S. 41 (map). A potluck meal will follow.

 

The commemoration is sponsored by the Manasota Chapter of Pax Christi and the Covenant Mennonite Fellowship. For more information, or to include an activist, contact Russ Banner at Rjbannerusa@gmail.com

  1. MOVIES AND ACTIVISTS: The Bridge presents the sixth annual Summer Film Series: Films to Inform, Empower, Inspire and Transform. Each film will be followed by a discussion with local advocates who are working on the issues presented in the film. All films will be shown at the Unity of Tampa Fellowship Hall, 3302 West Horatio in Tampa. Showings begin at 7:00 PM and a donation of $7.00 is suggested. Friday, June 23- Tomorrow: Stories of how local communities are changing their ways for the sake of the planet.Friday, July 21- Catching the Sun: Addresses one of our biggest questions: are we able to build a clean energy economy?

    Friday, August 25: I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin’s radical examination of race in America which remains urgently relevant.

    The film series is presented by The Bridge, a nonprofit organization in Tampa that promotes ecocentric living, social justice, personal development, creativity and the dynamic interplay between these interdependent aspects of life.  Details are here, (813) 416-3069, or contact@thebridgetampa.org

 

 

PAX CHRISTI FLORIDA ACTIONS
Below are actions listed by Pax Christi Florida concerning war with North Korea, denial of Temporary Protected Status in Florida, funding the farmworkers’ boycott of Wendy’s, banning fracking in Florida, the Earth Charter, and the cost of war in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and against ISIS as of May 7, 2017.
Pax Christi Florida is a regional section of Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi International. To subscribe to their e-mail newsletter, contact phyllisjepson@earthlink.com

 

Contact Your Senators: Diplomacy, Not War on the Korean Peninsula

Amidst speculation about a potentially imminent nuclear weapon or missile test by North Korea, tensions on the Korean peninsula are rising to the highest level in decades, as US and North Korean officials posit threats and counter-threats of pre-emptive military strikes. Even hawkish former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta has warned: “We have the potential for a nuclear war that would take millions of lives. So I think we have to exercise some care here.”

On April 26, in an unusual and worrying development, all 100 U.S. Senators have been summoned to the White House for a closed  briefing on the Korean situation by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and  Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.

Call Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio now! Tell them there’s no military solution to the North Korean Crisis. Demand diplomacy. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or call their home offices which are listed on their Web sites (see links below):

  • Senator Bill Nelson
  • Senator Marco Rubio

 

Support the Wendy’s Boycott Fund! 

The SFA network is on an unstoppable action streak in the struggle for farmworker justice! The centerpiece of the CIW’s sweeping 12-city, 14-day Return to Human Rights Tour — an historic weeklong fast by 19 courageous students and alumni at The Ohio State University — sparked the fire for the rolling student fasts at over a dozen university campuses from Florida to Michigan in April. And it’s only to be continued with a formidable, larger-than-ever mobilization outside of Wendy’s upcoming shareholder meeting at the company’s Dublin, OH headquarters in just 19 days!

Action on this unprecedented scale — and our plans to ramp up the pressure throughout the summer and into the fall towards an inevitable victory in the boycott — will require the financial support of every member of SFA’s diverse network.

So we’re calling on you, the young leaders taking incredible action in the movement for Fair Food, to help us kickstart the Wendy’s Boycott Fund . Contribute what you can, whether it’s $5, $15, $25, $100 or more. Every little bit counts and brings us closer to raising $25,000!

 

Join The Florida Fracking Ban Movement Today!

Fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction methods pose serious health and environmental risks to the state of Florida, including large portions of the Florida Everglades. It has already happened in Florida at least once, but there is a large and dedicated group of people who want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, and we need your help too!

The Floridians Against Fracking coalition, which includes members from a wide range of environmental, health, social justice and business groups, successfully defeated a bill for the past 3 years that would have allowed 1) fracking operations to really expand in Florida, 2) kept fracking chemicals a secret from the general public;  and 3) prohibited local communities from enacting protections to keep fracking out.

To learn more, click here.

 

Florida Earth Charter Initiative

FCPJ offers the Earth Charter as a guide for building a sustainable, just and peaceful future.  The Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice recently became an Affiliate of Earth Charter International at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Take Action!
Ask about how you can use the Earth Charter in your school or community organization to help address the urgent environmental and social needs facing this generation.

Read the Earth Charter

 

COST OF WAR

 

THE COST OF THE WAR AS OF MAY 7, 2017 Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity.
– Pope Francis, Address of the Holy Father
Invocation for Peace, June 8, 2014

IRAQ
•             Total Number of U.S. soldiers killed:                        4,519
•             Deaths – State of Florida:                                        197
•             Financial Cost to U.S. Taxpayers:                           $820,400,000,000 +
•             Every hour, taxpayers in Florida are paying $7,174 for Cost of War in Iraq.

AFGHANISTAN
•             Total Number of U.S. soldiers killed:                       2,396
•             Deaths – State of Florida                                        154
•             Financial Cost to U.S. Taxpayers:                           $770,900,000,000 +
•             Every hour, taxpayers in Florida are paying $245,495 for Cost of War in   Afghanistan.

COST OF MILITARY ACTION AGAINST ISIS
•             Total cost of military action against ISIS to U.S. to taxpayers: $14,800,000,000+
•             Every hour, taxpayers in Florida are paying $37,732 for Cost of Military Action Against ISIS.

 

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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ACTION ALERT! The Wendy’s shareholder meeting is just days away and the Fair Food Nation needs your help!…

The Fair Food Nation picketing outside of Wendy’s shareholder meeting in 2016

Call-ins, postcards, protests… We need YOU to join farmworkers and fellow allies in mobilizing for the Wendy’s Shareholder meeting on May 23rd!

In just a few weeks, Wendy’s will hold its annual shareholder meeting at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on May 23rd.  And for the fourth year running, Wendy’s executives and shareholders will be forced to confront the urgent, moral question posed by farmworkers and consumers of conscience: How much longer will the fast-food giant remain on the wrong side of history when it comes to social responsibility in its supply chain?  Ever since the launch of the Wendy’s campaign in 2013, tomato pickers from Immokalee, joined by religious, student and community leaders, have been an annual presence at the shareholder meeting, demanding answers from Wendy’s leadership — and this year promises to be the most powerful action yet.

Following months of escalating action in the campaign — including the 14-day, 14-city Return to Human Rights Tour in March and six weeks of rolling student fasts across the nation — Wendy’s unconscionable rejection of fundamental human rights in its supply chain is growing increasingly untenable.  And on May 23rd, those at the helm of the multi-billion dollar corporate giant will be forced to reckon with farmworkers and consumers alike, face to face.

Between now and then, we’re going to need each and every member of the Fair Food Nation to keep the pressure up on Wendy’s — and that means you!  Here below is the Alliance for Fair Food’s official call to action, offering a series of actions that you can take to do your part.  Please share the call widely with your networks — and we’ll see you in the streets of Columbus on May 23rd!

Join farmworkers, Columbus-area allies and supporters from across the country for a major protest outside of Wendy’s shareholder meeting on Tuesday, May 23! 

After months of escalating action in the Wendy’s Boycott, demanding that the corporation respect farmworkers’ human rights, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies will show up in powerful witness outside of Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, May 23 from 8-11 a.m.

For over four years, Wendy’s has refused to meet face to face with farmworkers to dialogue and negotiate their participation in the Fair Food Program.  Enough is enough!  We will bring the call for farmworker justice to Wendy’s doorstep, directly to the company’s top executives and shareholders.

Here are four ways you can take action in the month of May!  All of the action items and how-tos are included in a guide, downloadable here.

1) Begin making plans to join farmworkers, Ohio Fair Food and allies from across the country on Tuesday, May 23 for a major protest outside of Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting, followed by a community lunch with CIW. Housing will be provided for those coming from out of town. Get in touch with us at organize@allianceforfairfood.org for support in planning the trip!

2) Send a boycott postcard to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor and Board Chairman Nelson Peltz, then organize your community, congregation, or student group to do the same! Download the postcard here to print, sign, and send to One Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin, OH 43017.

3) Donate to the Wendy’s Boycott Fund to bring us closer to our goal of $25,000 in the month of May, to fuel sustained and growing action in the struggle for Fair Food – and bring us closer to an agreement with the final fast food holdout! You can donate online at bit.ly/boycott-fund or by writing a check to Alliance for Fair Food and sending to PO Box 509, Immokalee, FL 34143.

4) On Monday, May 22, participate in a national call-in day to Wendy’s Headquarters! Below is information about the call-in day and a sample script for your call. Once you’ve called, email us at organize@allianceforfairfood.org to share a report!

Call-in Number: (888)-624-8140

Script: Hello, my name is __________ and I would like to leave a message for Todd Penegor.

As a dedicated ally of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, I want Wendy’s to know that I will continue to support the national Wendy’s Boycott until the corporation respects the human rights of farmworkers in its supply chain and joins the Fair Food Program. For four years, we have demanded that Wendy’s be a partner in the Program, but Wendy’s has failed to do so, instead offering a Code of Conduct devoid of enforcement mechanisms or worker participation and moving purchasing to fields where human rights abuses go unchecked.

Mr. Penegor should know we plan to make our voices heard during an action outside of Wendy’s headquarters tomorrow, calling on him and all shareholders to respect farmworkers’ dignity by joining the Fair Food Program. Unless you commit to joining the Fair Food Program during your annual shareholder meeting, scores of farmworkers and allies will be peacefully demonstrating outside — and the already tens of thousands-strong boycott of Wendy’s will continue to grow day by day!

Thank you for delivering this message.


This spring, thousands mobilized as part of the Return to Human Rights Tour in a unified cry on behalf of the broader struggle for human rights, highlighting Wendy’s decision to purchase tomatoes where working conditions are deplorable rather than use its market power to lift up human rights through the Fair Food Program.

Nineteen students and alumni at The Ohio State University fasted for seven days to pressure administration to end the university’s contract with Wendy’s, sparking over a month of rolling campus fasts across the country.  Hundreds of students around the country, as well as religious leaders and community partners, picked up the OSU protest, going without food in order to shine a spotlight on Wendy’s moral duty to respect workers’ rights rather than hide behind an empty code of conduct.  And now, we are returning to Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting more powerful than ever before.

Let’s send the message to Wendy’s leadership that they can no longer ignore the tens of thousands of farmworkers in their supply chain — or the tens of thousands of consumers boycotting their restaurants.

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Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Gov. LeRoy Collins, 33rd Governor of Florida (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeRoy_Collins)

Gov. LeRoy Collins, 33rd Governor of Florida

Please read http://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/clemency-and-floridas-overbearing-politics-of-death,6666.

“Excellent, excellent column by one of Florida’s best. This is especially prescient as The ‘Groveland Four’ bill has a passed the FL House and heads for passage in the Senate.” — Facebook page of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The author of the article is Martin Dyckman, a former St. Petersburg Times political writer.

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Join others this Saturday for the annual human rights conference at the University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center, 9th floor, from 9am-5pm.

This year the conference will begin with a film screening of Drawing the Tiger, followed by a keynote address from the documentary’s co-directions Amy Benson and Scott Squire. Multiple panel discussions and presentations will be held throughout the day.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Menorah Manor will continue to fight on behalf of Florida’s frail seniors

Tomorrow, April 20 at 10:00 AM, LeadingAge Florida will hold a press conference to discuss the devastating impacts of the Florida Health Care Association proposal for a Prospective Payment System for Medicaid, which is now included in the Florida Senate budget.

Location: Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System
10300 4TH Street North. St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Time: 10:00 AM

The following people will be speaking:

-Kip Corriveau, Director of Mission at Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System
-Peter Crosa, Bon Secours Board Member
-Monsignor Robert C. Gibbons, St. Paul Catholic Church
-Rob Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Manor
-Kent L. McRae, President/CEO, Mease Manor

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Also, it is not too late to call and email the Chairs of the following two committees:

-Senator Jack Latvala: Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee
850-487-5016 latvala.jack@flsenate.gov
-Representative Jason Brodeur: Chair, House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
850-717-5028 jason.brodeur@myfloridahouse.gov

Remember to communicate the following:
1. Reject the Florida Health Care Association Medicaid Prospective Payment Plan. The plan has not been properly vetted, hurts high quality providers like Menorah Manor, and is poor public policy.
2. The proposed plan provides a windfall to poor quality providers with no requirement that the additional funds must be spent on improving quality, programs or services.
3. There is no reason to rush this ill-conceived plan through. Allow all interested parties the opportunity to come together to craft a plan that is in the best interest of seniors in the State of Florida.

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Pax Christi: Witness to Innocence: 25 death row survivors coming to Tampa this Saturday, April 22

Good folks,

Meeting an exoneree, an innocent person who has survived death row, makes the injustice and arbitrary cruelty of the death penalty urgently real.

Next Saturday, 25 death row exonerees and their familiesare coming to Tampa, along with national and state leaders in opposing the death penalty.  This is a chance for the public to hear their stories and support their struggle to end the death penalty in the United States.

Witness to Innocence (WTI), the only national U.S. organization composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors, is meeting in Florida for the first time.  WTI will meet at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 N Lois Ave. Tampa FL beginning at 9:00 AM next Saturday,April 22nd (map and directions here).  The WTI events are free.  WTI works to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their families to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. WTI’s website is at http://witnesstoinnocence.org/

The Gathering, a documentary about WTI members and their fight against the death penalty, will be shown at 6:00 PM Saturday at First Baptist Church of Progress Village, 8722 Progress Boulevard, Tampa (map). A trailer for the film is here.

A three and a half minute video about Ray Krone, one exoneree who works with WTI, is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVGcpOkYXfc .

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Boycott Wendy’s Protest: 5-Day Tampa Bay Student Fast Action!

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**Correction: The Tampa Bay action will be this Wedneday, April 19th at 7 PM.

Today, over a dozen students from The University of South Florida, The University of Tampa, and Eckerd College launched a five-day fast in support of Ohio State Student/Farmworker Alliance’s “Boot the Braids” campaign, pressuring the OSU administration to end their lease with the fast-food giant until Wendy’s joins the Fair Food Program. On Wednesday at 7pm, halfway through the five-day rolling fast, join student fasters from the three universities, farmworkers and Tampa Bay-area allies for a spirited protest!

WHAT: Boycott Wendy’s Protest: 5-Day Tampa Bay Student Fast Action!

WHERE: Wendy’s at 1615 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL*

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00pm

*Please do not park in the Wendy’s parking lot

Tampa Bay students organized the fast as part of a wave of nationwide rolling solidarity fasts, called by OSU SFA at the end of last month’s week-long fast by 19 OSU students and alumni to demand that OSU administration cut the contract with Wendy’s.

From Tampa Bay schools to OSU, students are sending a clear message to Wendy’s that the student-led campaigns to Boot the Braids will continue to swiftly grow across the country until Wendy’s respects farmworkers’ human rights!

Contact Patricia at patricia@allianceforfairfood.org for more information.

See you in the streets!

The Immokalee Crew

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