Publix Protest’s Powerfully Positive People
Ok so maybe we killed the letter P with the headline, but hopefully you get the point. Saturday in Lakeland, Florida we met up with a group of protesters at Publix headquarters. The protest was one of many that continue around the state of Florida. To be completely honest we had no idea what to expect. What we encountered was nothing short of spectacular. The individuals, and organizations we met were all amazing. The group was diverse, dedicated and motivated.
Why Protest Publix?
In case you missed it, the protests were in response the the $800,000 anti pot donation by Jenkins family heirs. This brings the running total to $1.5 million Publix oligarchs have donated to Drug Free Florida Committee over the last two years. In July we reported on the questionable characters at the Drug Free Florida Committee. We have also exposed the real reasons behind the Jenkins family donating so much money.
Dane Powell was the organizer of this protest. Dane is a human rights activist that has been fighting for people from those in Palestine to the hungry in his hometown. He is a member of the Food Not Bombs organization that feeds the less fortunate. His passion for ensuring medical marijuana access for Floridian’s is what prompted him to organize this event, and he did a wonderful job. He was also able to organize a few protesters to speak at the event. The speakers included Tricia Dennis, CEO of We Are Rare Inc., Cannabliss, Tracie Penokie, Stacey Wainscott, Lindsey Moran, and of course Dane Powell, and others we were unable to connect with. Our little one’s first protest ended abruptly because dad realized he forgot the sun screen. DOH! If we forgot anyone, please do not feel slighted, it’s completely unintentional.
Dane, pictured above with his best friend, Tracie Penokie, gave us a great motivational speech and background on why it was pertinent to protest Publix. He also included background most haven’t reported on, which includes an agreement between Publix and a notorious company. The company in question is responsible for flooding West Virginia with prescription kill pills. Dane’s intimate knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, Publix’s involvement, and the effect on Floridians underscored his role as organizer. Floridians suffering in wait for cannabis appreciate him greatly for this. Look forward to more great things from Dane. The people of Florida depend on strong willed people like Dane, willing to do whatever it takes to make a change.
We Are Rare Inc
Tricia Dennis of We are Rare Inc told us the story of how her son, Noah has Schizencephaly. Her organization advocates for Schizencephaly awareness and fetal stroke prevention. Her story is a heart wrenching tale of a mothers quest to provide an improved quality of life for her son. We invite you to read about the rare condition he suffers from here. Their family has been through 9 medications, brittle bone breaks, countless seizures, and empty promises from the medical community in Florida. Unfortunately, it sounds like they may become the latest in a string of pot refugees leaving Florida for places they don’t have to risk prison to treat their child. They recently launched some shirts to raise money, and we have to say they are some really sharp shirts. Click the shirt to purchase.
Cannabliss is an organization run by two very positive individuals looking to make a difference in Florida. They recently published an awesome video on Facebook, and it features Stacey Wainscott among other cannabis patients. Their commitment to bringing quality medication with safe access for all says a lot about their character and motivation. Please watch the video to get an idea of the type of folks are behind Cannabliss.
Tracie composed and recited two moving poems for the group. It was easy to hear and feel the passion and dedication that went into her artistic renditions. Her two pieces, titled “Mary Jane“, and “Will the real radicals please stand up“, were moving. They featured raw and hard truths that many are unwilling to tackle. Take a moment to read the beautiful poems by clicking on the screenshots below.
Click Either Screenshot to Read the Full Poem. NO, SERIOUSLY IT NOW!
Stacey spoke with passion that could be felt. Her sign that day bluntly stated “Cannabis Saved My Life”. After listening to her story there is absolutely no doubt that is the truth. Stacey was born with Spina Bifida, Autism, and Fibromyalgia, all debilitating diseases that can be treated with medical marijuana. After she was able to treat herself with cannabis while living in Arizona, has she been able to resume a normal quality of life. Her story touched the hearts of all present. Between tears, she was able to describe her amazing journey to where she is today.
Between a shaking voice and tears from the raw emotion we heard what cannabis has meant to her and her family. Her story touched our heart and soul. It takes a lot of courage to get up in front of some strangers and let it all come out. Lindsey did a marvelous job conveying to the crowd the raw emotion that comes from being touched by cannabis.
There were also representatives from Regulate Florida such as Rachel Sue Nichol. Rachel has been a cannabis activist in Florida for many years and her organization is working on a regulate marijuana like alcohol petition for the 2018 ballot. Please download, sign and return the petition.
There were many other great, positive people present and here are some pictures of them in action, including the two little ones who packed a punch.
Find even more pictures of the event, and the post protest outing for a bite to eat at Ybor City Stogie
The powerfully positive people that were present this beautiful Saturday are why we do this. We do this because people from all walks of life need access to quality medication. Everyone present had a story to tell about how cannabis changed their lives, or someone in their circle. People are beginning to wake up and realize that cannabis IS medication. The awakening is due in large part to the type of people present at the Publix protest. Without rebels and misfits such as us, many more will continue to suffer.
FloridaMarijuana.net would like to ask everyone to share this. We also ask you to vote with money and boycott Publix. To paraphrase the wise words of Dane Powell
in a capitalistic society it’s the best way to get your voice heard
Also remember that when you shop at Publix your
GROCERY BILLS FUND PILL MILLS