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Sarasota Strong


Sarasota Strong is a growing group of Sarasota residents committed to promoting awareness about the causes of trauma, its effects, and help and healing after trauma. Sarasota Strong actively supports all efforts in the community to prevent and address trauma. In February, SRQ Strong hosted a visit from Rev. Paul Abernathy, Pastor, and CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project, which brought nearly 200 community members out for our largest community forum yet.

Watch the full event HERE, and read about his visit HERE.


Our Name:  Sarasota Strong

Our Mission: To promote community-wide trauma awareness through education, connection, and healing.

Our Vision: To create a community that cares for itself.


Safety, both emotional and physical, is SRQ Strong’s number one principle.

Due to COVID 19 and current health concerns, ALL in-person SRQ Strong events have been canceled until further notice to ensure the safety of our community.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Monday, November 23 from 6pm-7:30pm on ZOOM



For further information or questions please email [email protected] or visit www.srqstrong.org

Working Education, Action, and Healing groups



Get involved with Sarasota Strong’s developing working groups, Healing, Education, and Action by emailing [email protected]

  • Healing – offering workshops on how to heal your own trauma and facilitate trauma healing in others, led by Helen Neal-Ali. NOW OFFERING MONTHLY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS.
  • Education – spreading the message about trauma and healing, led by Carrie Seidman.
  • Action – working to address systemic sources of trauma in our community, led by Andy Blanch.




Sarasota Anti-Racism Coalition

CRT is one of over a dozen local groups working actively to address racism in Sarasota, Florida.  These groups have come together to form the Manasota Anti-racism Coalition, which meets quarterly to share information, support each other’s work, and develop a comprehensive agenda for change.  This year, CRT partnered with the Anti-Racism Coalition to sponsor an Undoing Racism workshop featuring the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. The workshop, which is designed specifically for individuals of faith and spirituality and was set to take place in March, unfortunately, had to be canceled due to COVID-19. We are hopeful this event will be rescheduled in the Fall of 2020. 

The recent murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY confront us once again, as so many times in the past, with how deeply embedded racism is in our society. The Manasota Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) recognizes that racism and white supremacy shaped the founding of our nation and continue to impact our systems and social institutions. We recognize that unconscious racism makes it difficult to acknowledge and address racial injustice and that inequity will be with us until we demand otherwise and work to transform our systems and institutions. We recognize that incalculable harm is being done to Black, indigenous, and people of color by the misuse of institutional power and by failing to confront and remedy the cumulative impact of hundreds of years of inequality and oppression. We also recognize that white people are harmed by racism and white supremacy in distinct ways as it misshapes them and disconnects white people from their humanity. The Manasota Anti-Racism Coalition recognizes the urgency of the present moment. The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly revealed the health impacts of centuries of violence, systemic racism, and of unequal access to health care. Economic disparities are increasing, and racially-motivated hate crimes are rising. It is clear that something needs to be done now. We therefore:

• Condemn Racism. We condemn all acts of overt and covert racism, now and in the past, and we likewise condemn the social and political systems that have refused to respond to this injustice.

• Support Protest. We stand in solidarity with the anti-racism protesters demanding action in response to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.

• Demand Police Accountability. We join the community and civil rights organizations across the country in calling for police accountability in the death of George Floyd and in all cases of police brutality and violence, and we call for the adoption of anti-racist police practices.

• Affirm Black Lives Matter. We call for all individuals and groups to take a public stand against racism, to proclaim that Black Lives Matter, and to work to change institutions and systems that disproportionately impact Black, indigenous, and people of color.

• Call for Self-Reflection. We call for all individuals and groups to examine their own complicity with oppressive ideas, attitudes, and institutions and to examine how racism has become embedded in group norms and organizational policies.

• Organize for Local Reform. We are in solidarity with the organizing efforts of local groups to transform local norms, systems, organizations, policies, and procedures that perpetuate racism, inequality, and injustice.

• Explore Alternatives to Policing. We call on communities to explore alternatives to policing in their responses to emergencies involving substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness or mental health.

• Commit Resources. We pledge the use of our personal and collective resources to support actions designed to end systemic racism, white supremacy, and the unequal treatment of Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Signed by Member Organizations of the Manasota Anti-Racism Coalition:

ANSWER Suncoast  •  Black Lives Matter Alliance Sarasota Manatee Chapter  •  Boxser Diversity Initiative  •  Center for Religious Tolerance  •  Sarasota Strong  •  Manasota Interracial Book Club  •  Newtown Nation  •  Sarasota Branch NAACP  •  Sarasota Anti-Racism Working Group  •  Peace Education and Action Center  •  Progressive Sarasota  •  Rodney Mitchell Foundation, Inc.  •  Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota •  WSLR+Fogartyville
The Manasota Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) is a project of the Sarasota Anti-Racism Working Group.The mission of the ARC is “To foster communication and build a support structure for local organizations to combat institutional racism and white supremacy.”The ARC is made up of local groups actively engaged in addressing the impact of racism in our communities. We work with, and support, diverse groups to ensure racial justice and deepen our understanding of our shared humanity. Goals include building power by working together, raising the visibility of structural racism, showing support from diverse constituencies, and amplifying communication and networking channels.
To sign on to this statement or find out more information about local anti-racism education and organizing, Please visit www.SarasotaPEACenter.org.


Elizabeth Schilder Religious Courage Award

This award is given by CRT to an individual who has spoken or acted with courage to promote interfaith understanding, religious tolerance, diversity, and/or social justice. The goals of the award are: 1) to keep alive the memory and spirit of Ms. Elisabeth Schilder and her students; and 2) to bring attention to individuals and groups who represent that spirit in action in today’s world. We sometimes face situations in life when fear or a sense of fear of powerlessness threatens to overwhelm us. Some people rise above such circumstances and take action. regardless of personal consequences. The recipient of this prize is one of those people. 

CRT Established this award in honor of Elisabeth Schilder, a German woman who acted courageously in the face of “Kristallnacht” the Night of Breaking Glass. This piece of handcrafted art glass was selected to remind us that like glass, we are sometimes fragile and sometimes incredibly strong. Just as light passing through glass can create transcendent beauty, a spirit of tolerance can ignite the courage to act in ways that alter circumstances and outcomes.