[UPDATE] Protesters Converge on Tallahassee

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

Some organizations are ready to rally on the first day of session- they've armed themselves with markers, poster board and their voices.

Members campaigning for Awake the State, put their thoughts in ink on posters and plan to steak out the Leon County court house around 10:30 Tuesday morning to let their voices be heard.

During a sign-making at the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, Jelani Downing said words can hardly express the significance of this session.

"I think this is the most important session of my life. I'm 24 years old and even though I'm a graduate, it gives me more prospective to the importance of education. I understand the importance of having jobs available for young graduates," Downing says.

Downing says possibly the largest education cut in history, the lack of promised jobs and the possibility of cut pensions state-wide should bring people out of the wood work.

Awake the State is relying on labor unions and students to show their faces and send a message.

Like-minded groups will be holding another rally tomorrow evening (3/8) at 5pm.


Tea Party to Rally at Florida Capitol Today (3/8)


The Florida Alliance, a grassroots coalition of over 130 Florida Tea Party, 9/12 and Patriot groups, will hold a rally at the Florida Capitol today, Tuesday, March 08, 2011 to inform state lawmakers they will be held accountable to the taxpayers. Grassroots leaders will be speaking on key legislative issues the Florida Alliance will be promoting or opposing during the 2011 Florida legislative session.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos will speak at the rally at 1:30 pm

Time: Noon
Location: Steps of the Old Capitol (facing Apalachee Parkway)


"Awake the State" Rallies Against Gov. Scott's Cuts in Tallahassee


Concerned residents of Tallahassee will rally in the morning and evening on Tuesday, March 8th as part of a statewide, grassroots chorus of protests against devastating budget cuts being proposed by Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders. Similar ‘Awake the State’ rallies are being held in 31 cities throughout the state.

Schedule for Tuesday, March 8th in Tallahassee

10:30 AM Morning rally
Leon County Courthouse
301 South Monroe Street
Speakers include: Rep. Allan Williams, former Rep. Curtis Richardson, Leon County Commissioner William Proctor, The Tallahassee Equality and Action Ministry (TEAM)

4:30 PM Media availability with updates on rallies around the state
Capitol Building, 4th Floor Rotunda
Keynote speaker: former Sen. Nancy Argenziano

5:00 PM Evening rally
Kleman Plaza
215 West College Avenue
Speakers include: Dr. Ray Bellamy, former Rep. Loranne Ausley, Representatives Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, "Irv" Slosberg, Mark Pafford

“Ever since Gov. Scott and legislative leaders announced their plans to cut thousands of jobs, raise taxes on hardworking Floridians, cut essential services to the developmentally disabled, cut care to nursing home residents, condone gross legislative waste including a record number of six-figure staff salaries, and make the deepest cuts to education in history, people from all across the state have been looking for a way to voice their opposition,” said former Republican Senator Nancy Argenziano. “Awake the State is giving them that chance.”

‘Awake the State’ started as a Facebook page that quickly grew to thousands strong who have now organized rallies in cities all across the state of Florida. Progress Florida, Florida Watch Action and America Votes have joined together to provide a platform for everyday Floridians to make their voices heard.


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