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  • Preserving the Ideals of Our  Education System.
    Preserving the Ideals of Our  Education System.
    Wed, May 08
    Zoom Event – 5:00pm
    May 08, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Zoom Event – 5:00pm
    Derek Reich – Candidate for Florida State House, District 73, Sarasota County High School Teacher. Zander Moricz – Founder and Executive Director of The Social Equity through Education Alliance, Harvard College Student.
  • Ours Was the Shining Future.
    Ours Was the Shining Future.
    Tue, Jun 11
    Zoom Event – 5:00pm
    Jun 11, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Zoom Event – 5:00pm
    David Leonhardt – New York Times Columnist. Moderated by Barry Nolan, award-winning and often provocative interviewer of OJ Simpson, Donald Trump, Jimmy Carter, James Earl Ray, and many other notable people.
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February 6, 2024

Heather Cox Richardson 

Democracy Awakening —Notes on the State of America


Former WBZ-TV Boston anchorwoman Liz Walker directs fascinating and wide-ranging questions to historian, writer and blogger Heather Cox Richardson, in the company of more than 200 quests at our February 6 luncheon. Heather tells us why and how we are at risk for losing key aspects of our democracy and what we can do to defend it. She shares in her observations on why a minority of voters passionately support Trump, the disturbing rise in anti-Semitism, the complicated situation in the Middle East, and much more.

View the video here 


October 3, 2023

Anna Eskamani

An "Opportunity Agenda" For Returning Sanity to Florida

Democratic star Anna Eskamani explains how she is building trust by understanding different communities’ needs, and helping to address them. She shares her concerns about the influence of corporate money on Florida politics -- for example, with clean water and other environmental remediations -- and outlines her plans for creating change in Tallahassee.

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September 5, 2023

The Giffords Center for Gun Violence Team

We Can Prevent Gun Violence in Florida

Ryan Busse, former firearms executive, Nico Bocour, VP for State Initiatives and Cassie Baars, Florida Development Manager describe how the gun industry's irresponsible marketing is stoking our nation's radical right-wing and helping to spike domestic violence. They describe Giffords' Florida programs to educate the public, end the gun lobby's stranglehold on our political system, and achieve common-sense gun laws.

View the video here.


July 11, 2023

Emily Brown

Yes, We Can Reform the U.S. Immigration System

Attorney Emily Brown, Director of the Immigration Clinic at the Ohio State University, explains the main paths by which noncitizens immigrate to the U.S. -- and how they present enormous barriers to achieving legal status. Learn why our immigration system is broken and what Congress, the President, and we all can do to fix it.

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June 6, 2023

Andrew Warren

What Does It Mean To Live in the Not-So-Free State of Florida?

State Attorney Andrew Warren presents a detailed and provocative case against Governor DeSantis's recent authoritarian moves -- many of which may be illegal -- including retaliation against Disney, his controversial election police, immigrant transport to other states, and Warren's own suspension from his duly elected position, which a federal judge has now ruled to be against the law. It's critical that we all carry the flag of patriotism and stand up for the rule of law over the whims of those who would defy it.

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May 9, 2023

Nikki Fried

How To Refresh Our Strategies and Turn Florida Blue

The newly elected Chair of the Florida Democratic Party tells us how she plans to rebrand our state party and transform it into a more engaged political powerhouse for 2024.  Hear too from special guests Daniel Kuether, Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair, and Evelyn Almodovar, Manatee County Democratic Party Chair.  

(Note: due to a technical glitch the first few minutes are missing from the video.)

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December 8, 2022

Unidos Now Leadership Team - Luz Corcuera, Cintia Elenstar, and Lisa Ramirez

The Hispanic Vote: What Democrats Need to Know

Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. In the November 2022 mid-term election Florida Hispanics turned out solidly for Republicans, including Governor Ron DeSantis, who won reelection with a 19-point margin. Learn about how Hispanics in Florida view the Democratic Party and what Democrats can do to forge a new connection with these influential voters and earn their support.

View the video here.

September 6, 2022

Susan McManus

Election 2022 in Florida

Due to the proprietary nature of the content, we are not able to post this video on our website.

July 13, 2022

Ron Turner

What You Need To Know When You Vote in the 2022 Elections

Sarasota voters, learn directly from Sarasota County's Supervisor of Elections about districting changes that affect you. How to verify your address and signature on your Vote By Mail ballot. How thorough the county’s security measures are. The school board and county commission races. And much more.

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June 23, 2022

Zander Moricz and John Quinn

Meet the Heroes Who Are Challenging "Don't Say Gay"

A passionate discussion between recent high-school graduate Zander Moricz and his attorney John Quinn about why they are suing Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida over the state's “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Learn about the background to the case and its ominous implications for children and LGBTQ rights. Moderated by Broadway producer and LBKDC Board member Tom Kirdahy.

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June 8, 2022

Jonathan Alter

The Democrats Are Losing Voters: The Messaging Mess and How to Fix It

Political analyst Jonathan Alter tells us frankly about where the Democrats have gone wrong in their messaging -- and offers compelling insights into how we can correct our course. Please visit Jonathan's website at

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May 3, 2022

David Millstone

Hate Groups in our Corner of the World

A leader of the Anti-Defamation League and Chair of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Heller Community Relations Committee makes a stimulating, informative, and frankly alarming presentation about the hate groups that are active in the Sarasota and Tampa areas and the actions we must take to head them off. 

Jointly sponsored by the LBKDC and the Jewish Caucus of the Sarasota County Democratic Party. 

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March 1, 2022

Brock Leach

Uniting to Preserve Democracy

Unitarian Minister Brock Leach, former CEO of Frito Lay North America and Tropicana, makes a strong case that in an increasingly multicultural nation and interdependent world, democratic values will be our salvation. Learn what science tells us about developing intercultural competence and explore how we can uncover our common human needs to bridge the gap -- especially between people with extreme political differences.

View the video here.  

October 19, 2021

John King

Why Critical Race Theory Is Considered to Be a Threat to Democracy

University of Maryland Professor John B. King served as President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of Education. He discusses the future of education in the COVID era – and how to stand up to far-right attacks on education surrounding Critical Race Theory. He presents the various contentious views regarding how America's racial history should be including in today's educational system.

View the video here.


September 14, 2021

Jonathan Alter

The Railsplitter's Party Is Off the Rails

Award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer, and radio host explains how the Republican party has evolved into a dangerous threat to American democracy.  He provides critical direction on how the Democratic party can more aggressively fight the Republican challenge and take the lead.

View the video here.  

June 1, 2021

Robert Pollin

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal

The Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts discusses a plan for global climate stabilization, what we can all follow, and why we must transition to a clean energy system, which will actually raise living standards globally for working people and the poor.

View the video here.

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