Quaker contingent at the 2018 Pride Parade and Street Fest

“As I am reviewing my photos of our Quaker contingent at the 2018 Pride Parade, I am astonished again at the sheer exuberance of the lovely creative bunch of wacky folks we have here in St. Petersburg! Just when I am about to fall into terminal seriousness, I get re-inspired by the playful, abandoned joy of people just partying. Even the screaming (cheering?) at the end reminded me to “celebrate anyway!” ~Lynn Carol Henderson

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St. Petersburg Students March to Honor Columbine

By Lynn Carol Henderson

On April 20, 2018 six Quakers carrying our Quakers Unite Against Gun Violence Signs joined about 200 students and adult supporters for the National Student Walkout to demonstrate against gun violence and commemorate the victims of the Columbine High School Massacre on April 20, 1999.

From the school campus we  then chanted and marched for 2 miles to City Hall for a rally on the steps where Mayor Kriseman and Representative Charlie Christ welcomed us and then turned the podium over to the students. There were original music performances and speeches with many of the students carrying Lynn Carol’s colorful hand painted signs.

After the cheering and the pizza supplied by the St. Petersburg Women’s March, the students continued the event with a march around the corner to the Supervisor of Elections Office to register to vote.  We went away filled with gratitude and admiration for these smart and determined young people.

We are holding them in the Light!

 

March for Our Lives

Quakers in St. Petersburg support
March For Our Lives Pinellas County, a rally and march to end gun violence at Poynter Park on March 24, 2018

 Our Quaker Outreach booth was located at Poynter Park on Bayboro Harbor across from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus.

Our Quaker Outreach booth was located at Poynter Park on Bayboro Harbor across from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus.

 Quakers supported both the cause and the process of protesting. 

Quakers supported both the cause and the process of protesting. 

 It's especially important to us to continue the work after the march. Be sure to vote!

It's especially important to us to continue the work after the march. Be sure to vote!

 We were proud to support this student-led event. 

We were proud to support this student-led event. 

 We support sensible gun legislation. 

We support sensible gun legislation. 

 Participants of all ages at the march. 

Participants of all ages at the march. 

 During the March 24 March for Our Lives Rally, participants signed several banners that had already been set out at other demonstrations in the last month to honor the survivors at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

During the March 24 March for Our Lives Rally, participants signed several banners that had already been set out at other demonstrations in the last month to honor the survivors at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.