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March For Our Lives Florida to Hold Drive-In Rally Protesting HB1 in Orlando Next Week

Photo: March For Our Lives
Photo: March For Our Lives

March For Our Lives Florida is organizing a drive-in protest in Orlando against HB1, the anti-rioting bill, the same week the House is expected to vote on it.

The protest will take place next Friday March 26 at Tinker Field. It will feature state and local officials, organizers and students speaking out against the legislation. 

Communications Director Monique Mendez says the group wants to see change in the Florida legislature but criminalizing protesters isn’t it.

“Peaceful protests especially would just be hurt by it and it would be hard to make our voices heard in that respect.”

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Mendez says March For Our Lives itself grew out of a protest in Washington, DC after the Parkland shooting. And then there are the Black Lives Matter protests which sprung up around the country this summer.

She says all of these demonstrations are aimed at making Florida better for all of its residents, but that might not be possible if the legislation goes through.

“It criminalizes peaceful protest and hurts Black and brown organizers who are always on the ground trying to enact change for a more equal and just Florida.”

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The event is being put on in partnership with other nonprofits like the Dream Defenders and the Florida Student Power network. 

Hot meals and free bags of groceries will be passed out to all participants.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.