Feb. 1 Wine, Cheese, & Politics – Dr. Jody McBrien

Dr. Jody McBrienThis important event features Dr. Jody McBrien, who will be speaking about the Women & Girls of Lira, Uganda.

Join fellow Democrats to learn about the effects of the 20+ year war in northern Uganda, which unofficially ended in 2008. Rebel leader Joseph Kony created the largest child soldier army in history, forcing 95% of the population in northern Uganda to move into internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps in an attempt to avoid the rebels. The camps were subject to rebel raids, as well as, inadequate food, water, healthcare, shelter, and education.

cold-waterSeven years later, the local people continue to rebuild their communities with hopes of long-lasting peace. Sarasota Democratic Club member, Jody McBrien, has documented the progress in one town, Lira, since 2010, resulting in a book published in August 2015 with several remarkable women from the area.

One of the leaders, Emma Aceng, is scheduled to travel to Sarasota the first week of February. If the US Embassy grants her a visa, she will speak at our event, if not, Jody will provide the details and the importance of education in the area.

The book, Cold Water: Women and Girls of Lira, Uganda, will be on sale at the event for $15. ALL proceeds go back to the women’s organizations described in the book and to Lira girls’ scholarships. Cash and checks will be accepted for payment.


1350 Main Street, 6th Floor, downtown Sarasota.

Parking available on the street and in the Palm Avenue Garage.


Monday, February 1, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(check in opens at 5:45 p.m.)

Cost / Payment

Cost is $20 per person — must be paid in advance.

Purchase online below, or mail a check made payable to the DCS to:
DCS, PO Box 51076, Sarasota, FL 34232

Reservations required

40 reservations will be accepted. If payment form is shown below, we are still taking reservations. If you have questions, please e-mail RSVP@SarasotaDems.com.


Wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers will be served.

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