May 26, 2022

David Hogg and the Parkland students just scored another huge win against the NRA

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Do not mess with the kids from Parkland.

After another week of gunsanity in the United States where more innocent children were slaughtered, the activists from Parkland, Florida were appalled to find that the majorly-popular, Florida-based grocery store chain Publix had donated $500,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who receives kickbacks from the National Rifle Association. That’s when Hogg decided to take action.

Here’s what went down.

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On Thursday, Hogg issued this challenge to Publix on Twitter when he learned of their donation:

The tweet was majorly engaged by Hogg’s following, but was ignored by Publix.

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Undeterred, Hogg pressed on with his activism. On Friday, he and his fellow advocates staged a die-in at a Publix parking lot to publicly protest their donation to the NRA-beholden senator:

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The morning proceeded with no reaction from Publix. Simultaneously, another school shooting was barely avoided at the Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana when teacher Jason Seaman managed to disarm a potential shooter before his students became the latest victims of the NRA.

The silence from the right and Publix was deafening, and some began to wonder whether Hogg had lost his power of persuasion. Vice President Pence ignored Hogg’s call against Publix and instead issued more hollow prayers to the victims of the shooting in his home state with no acknowledgment of the need to change the country’s out-of-date gun laws.

As morning turned to afternoon with no word from Publix, Hogg issued one more tweet, taunting the grocery giant:

Looks like they slid into his DM’s after all, as not long after, Hogg hit pay dirt.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Publix has suspended “political donations,” in another victory for the same teenager who brought Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Ingraham Angle to its knees when he called on a national boycott costing her over 20 high-level sponsors.

Although it does not conform to Hogg’s original request for a donation to the Stoneman Douglas Victim’s fund, it’s still a fairly significant victory for progress, especially after the NFL’s first amendment crushing vote to fine any teams which allow their players to protest during games, a vote they attributed to pressure from the president.

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While Trump clearly abused the office of the presidency to push his agenda, corporate America has been able to do the same for the last eight years thanks to Citizens United, a landmark ruling which said billion-dollar corporations had the same rights as minimum-wage earning people. The decision turned campaign finance on its head and made it easier for candidates with corporate sponsorships to move forward and near-impossible for publicly funded campaigns to get off the ground.

The government has thus far failed to bring forth a vote to repeal Citizens United, but Hogg’s two victories suggest, small as they may be, a bit of hope in reclaiming the country for the people and not the corporations.

To quote David Hogg:

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Salvatore Nicholas

Salvatore is a producer, political writer, comedian and LGBTQ activist (in no particular order). He resides in Los Angeles with his two cats and encyclopedic knowledge of Britney's discography.

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