Arlene Sweeting

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Arlene Sweeting at Bernie Sanders Rally in Sarasota Florida


Arlene Sweeting is an activist from Sarasota, Florida, who was involved with Sarasota Manatee For Bernie which has changed to Progressive Sarasota, which works with Our Revolution.

Our Revolution

On October 30, 2017, Arlene Sweeting was the signatory in an email blast from Our Revolution.


"Arlene Sweeting is a native Floridian and has lived in the Sarasota and Bradenton area since 1993. Since moving here, she taught middle school science for seven years, started and operated a community coffeehouse for five years, managed a community radio station for nine years and currently runs the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Over the years I have been active locally with a number of organizations including the Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club as outings leader, publications chairwoman, conservation chairwoman and group leader, the American Association of University Women mentor program and Transition Sarasota. My work over the past decade has been geared to supporting a more active, educated and engaged citizenry. I believe people should have a voice in their local government and in decisions that affect their community."[1]

Radio Station Ownership

David Beaton and Arlene Sweeting were co-founders partners of radio station WSLR before stepping down in 2014. From an article at Sarasota Magazine:

"...Founder and longtime station manager Arlene Sweeting stepped down at the end of last year and is now concentrating on work with the Peace Education and Action Center, the nonprofit that oversees the Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, the garage-like concert and event space adjacent to WSLR’s downtown studio. For the time being, Sweeting’s partner, fellow founder David Beaton, has taken over running the station, but both say the time has come for them to turn it over to fresh blood."[2]

Hosting Nina

Deanie Bergbreiter January 20, 2019 ·


Progressive Sarasota hosts the President of Our Revolution, Senator Nina Turner. The state of the Progressive Movement: growing stronger. ✊✌ — with Demetrius K Jifunza, Claire Snyder-Hall, Arlene Sweeting and Rebekah Leopold.

Organized Sarasota Manatee For Bernie Debate Watch Party

Arlene Sweeting hosted a Bernie Sanders Debate Watch Party during the 2016 presidential campaign.[3]