Outraged Workers and Students Rally at the Capitol

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

Members of the groups Awake the State and Fight Back Florida gathered on Florida's capitol to have their voices heard.

But for them, just yelling and holding up signs wasn't going to do it. Coffins representing, health care, women's rights, workers' rights, and education were laid at the steps of the capital. All ideals that this groups says are at risk of being destroyed.

"They are all under attack. We are facing massive budget cuts. We are being de-powered in our workplace. They are taking our rights to unionize away. They are taking the rights of working people to have political representation in the state of Florida," said rally organizer Patrick Shepherd.

They say their primary message is directed specifically at Governor Rick Scott.

"He wants to make people who are awesomely wealthy even more wealthy on the backs of working people, on the backs of students and on the backs of people who need help the most. I don't expect him to understand much, I expect him to leave office," said Shepherd.

And as things picked up, a group of people from the the other side showed up; all supporters of Governor Scott.

They say Scott is on the right track and is not attacking the middle class.

"Health care is not under attack. Women's' rights are not under attack. We're not attacking anybody's' rights. That's not what I stand for and I can be perfectly clear that's not what the republican party stands for," said Ryan Meerdo, a member of the FSU College Republicans.

Organizers say about 15 rallies across the state took place at the same time as the one on the Capitol.


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  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    Something has to give. Can't continue spending money thats not there. Unless your an elected Democrat....
  • by William Location: San Diego on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Every states is trying the same pattern, once one states see how another states start slamming the people once they get elected.We, the people, should demand that laws be change to benefit the people and if not vote them out of office or petition for a recall, that is the only way you can get a politician attention because once in office you are just another fly on the wall.
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      by Billy on Mar 30, 2011 at 04:10 AM in reply to William
      Huh? I've read this 3 times and still don't understand what you're saying.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    Unions help elect a corrupt government and Unions allow locals to elect their executive board so they think they are really in control of their local union. All the union bosses want is a check each month from all local unions and they will send a representative once a month to make sure all the members are so proud to be a member, what a joke?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Do you think Rick Scott will help fix a corrupt government?
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      by ddole1229 on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to
      no i do not..he is as corrupt as the rest..plus got away with stealing billions.Do you?
  • by ddole1229 Location: port charlotte on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    Indignez-vous..Stéphane Hessel.Hessel was involved with Eleanor Roosevelt in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. “The Economic Bill of Rights”
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      by Cat on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to ddole1229
      A couple of old socialists. Heck, even Franklin had trouble abiding Eleanor. Stephane was a true war hero but can justify terroeism against Isreal.
  • by ddole1229 Location: port charlotte on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    ok so when the unions are all gone.then what puppy dogs and rainbows.really mafia dude that's so yesterday.it's bigger ,better ,more efficient ,and sometimes legal Corruption now.It makes the Mafia look like a bunch of preschoolers.Your Taxes dollars are paying for a Corrupt Government.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to ddole1229
      Do you think the Unions will help fix a corrupt government?
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        by ddole1229 on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM in reply to
        levels the playing field..do believe wall street and the banks will fix a corrupt government.at least the unions protect the workers.Banks and Wall st far bigger then 7% of unions left.all this is about is power..not people.
  • by Joe Location: tallahassee on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    I believe the last solution to the "rich keep getting richer" and the "poor keep getting poorer" was called the French revolution
  • by Worker Location: Worker on Mar 28, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    State workers get to work, we dont pay you to play online all day and complain.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:36 AM in reply to Worker
      Why aren't you working?
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        by Tia on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to
        The question to you Anonymous, why aren't you working? The small amount that you contribute to pay state workers isn't enough to buy a roll of toilet tissue. You get back to work and stop hiding behind your keyboard and your username, Anonymous.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 04:26 PM in reply to Tia
          agreed!
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        by Tia on Mar 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to
        You ask why I am not working? First of all, it is none of your business why I am not working this week. You should get back to work so you can help pay state employees those few tax pennies that you owe.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM in reply to Worker
      STATE WORKERS AND STUDENTS DON'T BUY FROM FLORIDA BUSINESS, BUY FORM THE INTERNET OR OTHER STATES! LETS SPEND OUR MONEY ELSEWHERE!
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        by ddole1229 on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to
        been doing that for years...i do not buy from any big chain..I do buy from the little guy..i do give to the food banks and buy food for the homeless or give clothes.I do make sure my elderly neighbors are cared for and have a meal.So many need help.So next time anyone sees a homeless person give him ,her or kids a meal.Next time you see that the food bank is low bring them a bag of food.Next time you see your elderly neighbor as them to dinner or lunch.Sorry Anonymous i went on a rant.
  • by Diane Drzata on Mar 28, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    D i don't hate the state worker.For one i am out here protesting from sarasota to Tally .My Mom also worked for the state of Ct.I am with you all the way..It was and still can be a great State and Nation.Just how bad to people want it.Just look around the whole globe is unhappy.
  • by Sonny Location: Tallahassee on Mar 28, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    He is on the right track. There are way too many State workers who don't belong getting a paycheck. Too many bloated pockets. By all means, leave the little man alone, but higher up, there are people who have a single job that could easily be handled by someone else in addition to their present duties. Scott also needs to look within and start getting rid of his own bloated team. All forms of government are understaffed at the minion level and overstaffed at the upper echelon.
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      by ddole1229 on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM in reply to Sonny
      yes indeed
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