Sunday, February 23, 2020

Reflections on Black History Month by Congresswoman Val Demings

115 years ago, the first Black congressman from Florida, Josiah Walls, passed away.

Congressman Josiah Walls was born into slavery and faced down former slave owners and the Klan to win his election not once, not twice, but three times. This Black History Month, as I fight in Congress to protect the rule of law and pass important legislation, I have Congressman Walls on my mind.
Tom, I am a descendant of slaves – enslaved people who dreamed and prayed that one day I would make it. I grew up poor – but I was the first in my family to go to college. I started out as a patrol officer working the midnight shift, but I had the awesome opportunity of working my way up through the ranks.
And I did make it: I’ve been blessed to serve for nearly 30 years in law enforcement and now three years in the House of Representatives. I enforced the laws, and now, I write the laws. 
And like Congressman Walls, I’ve used that privilege to fight for education, veterans and issues that matter most to everyday Floridians. Like Congressman Walls, I understand our country’s complicated history – and still, each day I go to work and put my faith in the Constitution.
So hear me when I say this: Only in America can a little Black girl, the daughter of a maid and a janitor, growing up in the South in the ’60s, have such an amazing opportunity. 
At this critical moment in our nation's history, I know that the challenges can feel difficult. And that 115 years after Congressman Josiah Walls' remarkable life, it can feel troubling to see that the battles he fought have not yet been won. 
But you know why I believe in the promise of America? Because I’ve seen it. My life is the American dream realized. And though this is a challenging time for our nation, I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of leaders like Congressman Josiah Walls this Black History Month as I fight for Florida and to keep the American dream alive.

Thank you. 

Congresswoman Val Demings

Friday, February 21, 2020

Meeting Notice 

The Bartlett Park Neighborhood Association invites you to a program on

How to get affordable home repairs and  improvements 

Wednesday Feb 26th, 6pm at NHS 1600 MLK Street South.

Special Guest George Smith of the city.

City Council member Gina Driscoll

NHS President Deborah Scanlon

Other neighborhood news

Please report ALL suspicious activity to St. Pete Police at 727.893.7780
 "Eagle Eye"  You can share your surveillance video with police if a crime occurs near you, call SPPD for details.

The Community Garden is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Your Community Resource Center is next door to NHS and open Monday -Friday from 10 AM till 2 PM. Stop in and have a cup of coffee with neighbors or call 727-826-9774.

Please give us your name, address, phone and email for future notices and membership information.

Coming up -

Neighborhood Yard Sale
Youth Day
4H Club for kids
NHS classes to help tenants become homeowners, family budgeting and improve credit
Affordable Home Landscape Workshop
New Child Care Center opening
Cookout in the garden
And More...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 (map)

The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area presents local community leaders sharing their personal stories and professional insights and then helping plan personal and collective action. A primary focus will be the impact of gyn violence on families, children and adolescents. This event is purposefully scheduled during the 2018 Florida legislative session and will be outcome and action-oriented.
Panelists:
Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Chair, St. Petersburg City Council
Amanda Thalji-Raitano, PhD, licensed psychologist, BeSMART for Kids 
Rev. Dr. Manuel L. Sykes, Bethel Community Baptist Church 
Dr. David Berman, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital 
Ryan Mitchell, facilitator, Lieutenant Firefighter Paramedic 

To learn more about this issue: 
Visit the League’s Gun Safety Action Guide at: https://lwvspa.org/gun-issues/  
View their recent community conversation with St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway:https://www.facebook.com/allendaleumc/videos/10159632295755596/  
To review proposed 2018 FL gun legislation click here 
For more information, contact GunSafety@lwvspa.org

Monday, January 01, 2018

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5. MLK DAY BARTLETT PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN CELEBRATIONMonday, January 15   11:00 AM; Lunch at 12:00 noon1443 S Highland St.,St. Petersburg, Florida 33701  
Celebrate the MLK Day of Service, learn tips from experienced gardeners, engage with neighbors and chickens, and support a neighborhood garden at the Bartlett Park Community Garden Celebration. Lunch will feature fresh produce from the garden, prepared by chef G.W. Rolle.  FMI: (727) 612-8640 orgoodhearted25@gmail.com;http://gardenflorida.org/bartlett_park_community_garden