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by ZontaDoris

Our last blog post covered the upcoming gathering in Gladden Park in St. Petersburg on June 3, the day after the national “Wear Orange” campaign to stop gun violence. This blog post attempts to convey what we did there.

In spite of wicked, ever-changing weather in St. Petersburg, four of us Zonta members went to the rally, met a lot of lovely people, and did not get wet!

Here’s what we really enjoyed doing:

  • wearing our orange “say no to violence against women” Macedonian/Albanian partner T-shirts–their ice breaker impact was terrific–people came to us to ask about Zonta! Thank you, Jessica, Judithanne, and Donna for making them a reality.

 

  • introducing Zonta and our “say no to violence against women” mission to many folks

 

  • congregating with peace-loving organizations including the League of Women Voters, St. Petersburg Friends, CASA, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

 

  • inviting several women to come to our Zontafest event in Safety Harbor on June 22

 

  • learning from advocates for peace including Jan Neuberger, emcee for the day (and resident of Newtown, CT when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened), Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg, and City Council Member Lisa Wheeler-Brown who lost her son to gun violence eight years ago

 

  • manifesting our love of peace by making a peace sign on the lawn. It was photographed by a woman on top of a very tall ladder and a drone camera. Can you find the five of us? (Jill, Doris, Donna, Cocoa the dog, and Vildana) Hint: Doris has a camera up to her eye.

 

It was affirming to congregate with like-minded advocates who want to stop people from dying too young and needlessly. See our pictures below.

Speakers at the event

Speakers at the event

We felt a kindred spirit in Eddie Pearson, longtime CASA advocate who spoke so movingly at the CASA Spring luncheon.

We felt a kindred spirit in Eddie Pearson, longtime CASA advocate who spoke so movingly at the CASA Spring luncheon.

Some of the delightful people we met

Some of the delightful people we met

Yet more lovely people and dancers, too

Yet more lovely people and dancers, too

 

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Peace sign picture from rally organizers available here; all other pictures photographed and edited by Doris

Views expressed in this blog post are mine and may not reflect the stance of the Zonta Club of Pinellas County or Zonta International. — Doris Reeves-Lipscomb