Activists Arrested for Occupying Florida Gov. DeSantis’ Office While Staff Literally Eat Cake

SURJ Deputy Director, Julia Daniel, joined SURJ Florida’s Rachel Bass,  and  immigrant youth activists with the Dream Defenders in blockading Governor Ron DeSantis’s office to protest anti-immigrant legislation moving through the Florida legislature and the stream of anti-democratic, xenophobic legislation Gov. Ron DeSantis has passed in recent months.  

“Showing Up for Racial Justice associate director Julia Daniel said that DeSantis “stokes division to try and make white people afraid, and I’m here to say that we will not be divided or tricked because we know that we are stronger when we stand together.”

“More than a dozen activists were arrested late Wednesday after occupying part of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office to protest his “fascist agenda,” especially his support for a new anti-immigrant bill.

Protest organizers said 14 people were placed under arrest Wednesday evening. Earlier in the day, dozens of members of the Florida-based and youth-led Dream Defenders and allied groups including Florida Rising and Showing Up for Racial Justice had entered the lobby of DeSantis’ office in Tallahassee, where around a dozen people sat and locked hands in front of the reception desk.”

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