Social Justice Update: October 14, 2021

YOUR Vote Matters:  St Pete Election — Nov 2, 2021

In addition to electing a new mayor and filling five City Council positions — this election has seven proposed amendments to the City Charter on the ballot. A Commission is appointed to review the Charter which is our Constitution every ten years, and this Commission has proposed seven amendments.

Please take the time to understand them before voting. A reliable resource is the non-partisan League of Women Voters’ Pinellas Voter Guide  Suggest you focus on the A Yes Vote Would and the A No Vote Would sections.

These amendments have the potential to impact many of our citizens, for example:

#1: amends election rules so each City Council Member is elected by only voters in the Member’s district
#2: changes process for establishing city districts to align with FL Constitution
#3: creates Chief Equity Officer post, and
#4: funds that post 

Cold Night Shelters exist to – with the assistance of volunteers and community partners – ensure that Pinellas County’s most vulnerable residents are safe and healthy by providing a warm place to sleep and a nutritious meal when the temperature is near freezing. Volunteers are needed for these pop-up shelters, which open approximately 4-times per year and are located throughout Pinellas County.

Please join the Homeless Leadership Alliance as we work to improve the health of our community, and experience the immense joy of helping your neighbors by volunteering at Pinellas’s Cold Night Shelters. Volunteers must be over the age of 18; community service hours are available.

Sign-up at and email any questions to Victoria Kelly with the link below.

Update for the Southside Food Drive – October 12 

Thank you to 10 generous donors, Virginia and Cal Fox picked up food donations and delivered them to Carla Bristol at SS Urban Youth Farm distribution point. Non-perishable, high protein, easy to open food valued at $380. 

Note: The public is invited to the Urban Youth Farm on October 30, Saturday from 8 AM to 11 AM. The event celebrates the PSTA bus covered with artwork by UYF kids working with local artists. The PSTA Bus with Farm Kids art will be in service for approximately 3 months. The event is free.

No reservations are needed. The farm is next to Enoch Davis Rec Center.