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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