|MEDIA ADVISORYFebruary 28, 2014|
Contact: Damien Filer / 850-212-1858
‘Awake The State’ will rally statewide against legislative attacks on middle class
TALLAHASSEE – With the opening of the 2014 legislative session set to begin, Floridians are planning rallies across the state as part of a continuing grassroots chorus of discontent with Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature’s undemocratic, anti-middle class policies. Participants and speakers alike will call on Gov. Scott and his allies in the Tea Party-controlled Legislature to pass a budget that invests in restoring the middle class, not more corporate giveaways. The local rallies will follow a massive March 3rd “Moral Monday” protest at the Capitol in Tallahassee advocating for stronger public schools, protecting voting rights, expanding access to quality health care and more.
WHO: Concerned Floridians from across the state.
WHAT: Rallies in more than a dozen communities throughout Florida demanding the legislature invest in restoring the middle class, not more corporate giveaways.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 4th. Times vary. Find the Awake The State event in your area at this link (cities listed below): www.awakethestate.com/find
WHERE: Tuesday rallies in Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Merritt Island, Inverness, Lake Worth, Palatka, Ocala, Orlando, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, and Pensacola. For Tallahassee, the event is “Moral Monday” on Monday March 3rd, at the Capitol Courtyard.
“Average Floridians are fed up with Tallahassee politicians balancing the budget on the backs of hard-working families,” said Mark Ferrulo of Progress Florida. “We will continue to fight Rick Scott and the Tea Party until we see these anti-middle class policies changed.”
‘Awake The State’ started as a Facebook page that quickly grew to thousands strong, resulting in 30 rallies in cities across the state in March of 2011. The Awake The State movement provides a platform for everyday Floridians to make their voices heard and push back against Rick Scott and the Tea Party-controlled legislature’s flawed budget priorities.