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MARCH 23, 2024 – Brynn Tannehill

Florida’s Assault on Trans People – Join Floridians For Democracy Coalition members to hear a presentation by Navy Pilot, Author, Defense Analyst and Advocate Brynn Tannell on the GOP’s egregious assault on America’s transgender population.  She is the author of American Fascism: How the GOP is Subverting Democracy (2021) and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans (2019).  Her articles have been published in DAME, the New York Times, Slate and the Huffington Post.  

Tuesday March 12 at 7:00 pm EST

To register to attend this session CLICK HERE


FEB 24, 2024 – The Right to Read Festival

Florida is #1 in the nation in banned books! To highlight, educate and counter this undemocratic action, the Social Justice Alliance of the Florida Suncoast held a family-friendly Right to Read Festival on February 24, with local and national experts and writers speaking against book banning. Live entertainment and music was provided on site from 10-4 pm.  Speakers were live streamed 11am – 1pm.

FEB 24, 2024 – Manasota Remembers Ceremony

Lynching Memorial Marker Ceremony – On February 24, 2024, The Sarasota & Manatee Community Remembrance Project in coordination with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery Alabama unveiled a historical marker honoring six African Americans murdered by mobs in Manatee / Sarasota counties during America’s reign of racial terror. The event took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Fruitville Road where the marker will be part of a new racial healing memorial.

Sponsored by the Manasota Remembers Coalition and the Unitarian Universalists of Sarasota.  To view the event CLICK HERE.

FEB 18, 2024 – PeaceMakers in a Time of War

PeaceMakers in a Time of War – On February 19, 2024, Roots speakers Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Palestinian Noor Awad spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota about their experiences as reidesnts of the contested West Bank in Israel and the profound challenges facing the two very different peoples occupying the same territory.

Sponsored by the Peace Education and Action Center, WSLR, the Unitarian Universalists of Sarasota and Covenant Mennonite Fellowship.

To listen their conversation CLICK HERE.

FEB 6, 2024 – Steve Phillips

Winning The Civil War – On February 6th, New York Times best selling author Steve Phillips spoke to over 450 online guests about his new book, How We Win The Civil War: Securing A Multiracial Democracy and Ending White Supremacy for Good. His optimism on how our nation now has an opportunity to create a truly multiracial democracy due to demographic changes is an important message at this critical time.

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice.  To view the presentation CLICK HERE.

FEB 6, 2024 – Heather Cox Richardson – Interview

On February 6th, former WBZ-TV Boston anchorwoman Liz Walker directed a fascinating and wide-ranging interview of historian, writer and blogger Heather Cox Richardson in the company of more than 200 guests at the Sarasota Yacht Club.  Professor Richardson gave a stark warning about the upcoming election and the imperative to defeat Trump and the MAGA party for the sake of our democracy.

Sponsored by the Longboat Key Democratic Club.  To view the presentation CLICK HERE.

FEb 5, 2024 – Bob Shaeffer Statewide Call to Action

Florida’s Draconian Legislative Proposals – Learn about the most recent MAGA-GOP proposals that will take away more of our freedoms. Floridians For Democracy board member Bob Schaeffer, a lifetime political consultant and public policy communications expert, will share. In addition, you will be instructed on ways to take action NOW from Nancy Terreri, President of Lee County NOW and revered as The Post Card Lady!

Sponsored by Floridians For Democracy Coalition.  To view the presentation CLICK HERE.

JAN 13, 2024 – Karen Svoboda of Defense of Democracy

Assault on Our Freedoms – Presentations by Karen Svoboda of Defense of Democracy and representatives of the Purple Group.  In-person live event at the Collaboratory in Fort Myers from 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm.

Sponsored by the Floridians For Democracy Coalition. To view the presentations, CLICK HERE

JAN 10, 2024 – Heather Cox Richardson

America at a Crossroads – A Discussion with Author Heather Cox Richardson and Patt Morrison, journalist, author, and broadcast personality. In her most recent book, Democracy Awakening, Cox Richardson offers an analysis of how America, historically seen as a “beacon of democracy” is now on the brink of autocracy – and what we can do about it.
Sponsored by America at a Crossroad.  To view the presentation, CLICK HERE

JAN 10, 2024 – David Pepper on Saving Democracy

Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual for Every American – A Talk With Author David Pepper about the challenges facing our democracy and how to play a more active and effective role in lifting our democracy.

Sponsored by Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice. To view the presentation, CLICK HERE.

DEC 13, 2023 – Anne Applebaum

World at War – Interview with Author Anne Applebaum author of “Twilight of Democracy” about the risk a Trump presidency would pose to global order and democracies around the word.  

Sponsored by America at a Crossroad. To view the presentation CLICK HERE.

DEC 12, 2023 – Reverend Cecelia Kingman on Faith and Fascism

Recognizing and Resisting Fascism – Presented by Reverend Cecelia Kingman.
Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice. To view the presentation CLICK HERE.

NOV 11, 2023 – Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Fascism at Our Doorstep – Presented by Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Sponsored by Floridians for Democracy Coalition.  To view the presentation  CLICK HERE.

NOV 5, 2023 – Daniel Ziblatt & Stephen Levitsky

Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point – Presented by Professors Daniel Ziblatt and Stephen Levitsky. Sponsored by Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice & First Parish Church (Concord, Ma.)  To view the presentation CLICK HERE.

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