Parkland Survivors to Participate in “Die-In” at Publix

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On Friday, survivors of the Parkland school shooting are expected to protest Publix and student activist David Hogg is leading the charge.

Hogg is calling for a “die-in” Friday afternoon at Publix, which means people will lie down in the store and disrupt business.

“We are calling on people tomorrow at 4 p.m. to lie down in front of the cash registers at Publix in their stores at 4 p.m. for 12 minutes,” said Hogg.

Parent Manuel Oliver and Hogg are organizing it.

“That’s about 720 seconds and that’s supposed to represent the amount of school shootings that we’ve had in recent history,” said Hogg.

They are protesting Publix’s donations to conservative gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who is pro NRA and anti-LGBTQ.

“Publix can stand with us. They can pull out their half million dollars from Putnams campaign and they can double that amount and donate it to the Stoneman Douglas victims fund,” said Hogg.

In a statement to NBC 6, Publix said, “We regret that some of our political contributions have led to an unintentional customer divide, instead of our desire to support a growing economy in Florida. As a result of this situation, we are evaluating our processes to ensure that our giving better reflects our intended desire to support a strong economy and a healthy community.”

“I’m not afraid of big corporations and David is not either,” said Oliver. “There’s a big group of people that represent one of the biggest corporations ever and it’s us. And it’s 97 percent of the nation right now.” 

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