We Are Englewood Indivisible!

We are a nonpartisan group of more than 600 residents resisting the Trump agenda, respectfully making our voices heard by our elected representatives — and working to replace those representatives when they don't respect us!

Englewood Indivisible members live throughout all of Englewood in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, as well as Placida, Rotonda West, North Port, the Gulf Coves and nearby Port Charlotte. We invite you to join us as we reach out to the community, campaign for change, and enjoy socializing together.

Our next meeting is Saturday, December 14th at 3:00 PM at the Elsie Quirk Library.

Englewood Indivisible is one of the hundreds of Indivisible groups that sprang up around the country after the 2016 election.

Avoiding Red Tide Subject of December 14th Meeting

Sandy Gilbert, CEO and founder of Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (START), will be the guest speaker at Englewood Indivisible’s December 14th meeting. The public is invited to hear Mr. Gilbert speak on what we can do as individuals and as a community to avoid red tide. The presentation will be at 3:00 PM at Elsie Quirk Library in Englewood.

Founded in 1996 in response to a devastating 10-month-long red tide bloom that ravaged a wide area along the West Coast of Florida, START (Start1.org) is a grass roots, non-profit organization based in Manatee County with membership throughout southwest Florida. START focuses on reducing nutrients in the water that feed red tide. Its projects include oyster and clam restoration.

Sandy Gilbert is a graduate of Cornell University with a BA in economics. He worked for 35 years as an advertising executive with TIME and Smithsonian Magazine and retired to Longboat Key in 2000.

Our meeting place, Elsie Quirk Library, is at 100 West Dearborn Street in Englewood (34223). Newcomers are always welcomed at our meetings.

We'll get ready for an action when the House schedules a vote on impeachment of the president. 

You can pick up a list of voters in your neighborhood in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties and start contacting voters registered as independent, looking for those who will not vote for Trump in 2020. (We will find you a partner if you don't want to do this alone.)

We have new, re-designed business cards for you to stock up on. And as always, we'll have our Indivisible Florida t-shirts for sale.

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Englewood Celebrates "Peace Lady" Jean Ranallo

Jean Ranallo has held up a peace sign on SR 776 and West Dearborn Street every weekend for 19, going on 20, years. So Saturday December 7th, Englewood Indivisible and the Englewood Democratic Club, along with two of Ranallo's original peace vigilers, organized a day to honor her. 

About 40 people participated in a "Honk for Peace" on all four corners of SR 776 and West Dearborn Street, holding signs created by members of an art class led by Rosemary Hagen, one of Ranallo's original peace vigilers, and also some signs from our Woodstock-themed entry in the Pioneer Days parade. Motorists honked and gave thumbs up enthusiastically. 

The celebration then moved to the Elsie Quirk Library, where Hagen presented Ranallo with a print by French artist Fernand Leger, depicting doves nesting in the remains of what looks like a cannon. Hagen, who proposed the events honoring Ranallo, spoke about the early days of the vigil. Dick Nelson, another original vigiler, also spoke, remembering the motorists "with thumbs up, or thumbs down, and sometimes a finger up." 

Ranallo also spoke about the early days of the Honks for Peace and her travels and work abroad.

The Englewood Democratic Club presented Ranallo with a small peace pole, a gift from the Venice Peace Project.  Englewood Indivisible gave Ranallo a card containing a "very mini MacArthur genius grant" in recognition of her work.

The Englewood Sun reported on the Honk for Peace. There are additional photos of the day here.

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Our next meeting is Saturday, December 14th at 3:00 PM at the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 West Dearborn Street in Englewood.

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