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May 3, 2022 - David Millstone on Hate Groups in our Corner of the World.  David is a leader in the Anti-Defamation League and Chair of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Heller Community Relations Committee.  In a presentation that is stimulating, informative, and frankly alarming, he vividly describes the hate groups that are active in the Sarasota and Tampa areas, what they stand for, 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.  View the video here

Also, our event received news coverage on Tampa Bay / WUSF Public Media.  Take a look here


April 5, 2022 - Annette Taddeo,  Kim Allen, and Keith Fitzgerald.  Annette Taddeo explained why she is running for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Kim Allen, co-founder of Power the Vote, told us about its mission to build on the voter protection work in Georgia through year-round organizing in key battleground states, including in Florida. Keith Fitzgerald, former Democratic member of the Florida House and currently Associate Professor of Political Science Professor at New College of Florida, explored what has gone wrong with American democracy -- and gave us some hope for the future.  View the video here.


March 1, 2022 - Brock Leach.  Unitarian Minister Brock Leach, former CEO of Frito Lay North America and Tropicana, made a strong case that in an increasingly multicultural nation and interdependent world, democratic values will be our salvation. But to spread them, we must become more fluent in engaging cultures of all kinds -- including some of the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump. Learn what science tells us about developing intercultural competence and explore how we can uncover our common human needs to bridge the gap.  To view the video of the entire luncheon click here.  To view the video of Brock Leach's presentation only click here.  


February 1, 2022 - Charlie Crist, Tom Edwards and School Board Candidates.   Tom Edwards of the Sarasota School Board plus excellent School Board candidates Nora Cietek, Lauren Kurnov and Dawnyelle Singleton all gave lively, informative presentations. To view click here.  Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist spoke about why he's running for office - click here.   In addition to our speakers we had a discussion of the upcoming March 8 Sarasota ballot.  To view the video of our entire meeting click here.

January 4, 2022 - Nikki Fried, the only Democrat to win statewide office in Florida since 2012, has served as our Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services since 2018.  She talks about why she's running for Governor in Florida and how she plans to change and improve Florida's political landscape.  Nikki's talk follows a brief meeting introduction by LBKDC President Ed Sabol.  View the video here.

November 2, 2021 - Racelle Weiman, international scholar in Conflict and Genocide Studies, offered guidelines on how to resolve conflict in our country, rather than continue down the path of polarization. Constructive collaboration and mutual respect, she shows, are goals well within reach. View the video here.

October 19, 2021 - John King, University of Maryland Professor John B. King is candidate for Governor of Maryland and served as President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of Education. Professor King 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.


October 5, 2021 - Nancy MacLeanProfessor of History and Political Science at Duke University discusses her most recent book, Democracy In Chains: The Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, which Booklist called “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.  She offers a stimulating account of how right-wing economist James Buchanan and billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch embarked on an insidious campaign decades ago to fight big government and undermine our nation's democracy. Their effort was a major factor in the election of Donald Trump in 2016.  View the video here.

September 21, 2021 - Johannes Werner, an initiator of the Suncoast Jobs Alliance and an active member of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, describes President Biden's ambitious program to tackle climate change and well-paying jobs.  He provides a detailed projection as to how this program might create billion-dollar opportunities to reshape transportation, our water and sewage systems, the way we generate and consume electricity, and internet access. View the  video here.  

September 14, 2021 - Jonathan Alter, 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.  

July 6, 2021 - William Lasser, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, illuminates the historical roots of current controversies around the Supreme Court. Learn how contemporary crises around the court’s legitimacy are similar as well as different from past ones and how the court reflects – yet can withstand – societal divisions. View the video here.


June 1, 2021 - Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst presents Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal.  Professor Pollin discusses a plan for global climate stabilization, what we can all do,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.

May 4, 2021 - Val Demings, U.S. Representative from Florida's 10th Congressional District, opens this event by sharing her thoughts on a wide range of political issues facing Florida and the nation. Then Commissioner Nikki Fried reviews some of her work leading the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. View the video here.

April 6, 2021 - Sherry Cooper presents The Economy: What Does the Future Hold For Us? Dr. Cooper discusses what the economic rebound develops, why interest rates are rising, the fiscal stimulus, long-term unemployment, the great political divide, and the relationship of the stock market to the economy. View the video here.


March 2, 2021 - David Houle on The Future of the Democratic Party.  He analyzes the 2020 election and forecasts 2022 as well as the near-term future of the Democratic Party. He provides his perspectives on the overarching dynamics and macro-trends that could positively affect the Democratic Party this decade as well as on the disturbing changes that have occurred in the GOP since the 2016 election.  View the video here.

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