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signed Sign in Support of Freedom Papers 2019-06-26 06:54:07 -0400

Sign in support of the Freedom Papers

This year, as politicians vie for elected office in the Sunshine State, we - Black, immigrant and poor young people from Pensacola to the Keys - have launched our own agenda for the future of Florida. In 2018, we were killed in our classrooms and on street corners. We were locked inside Florida’s prisons and the keys were thrown away. We live in a state with more billionaires than almost anywhere in the country, yet, our parents and our teachers didn’t have the basic resources they needed to keep us safe.

This ends today. In 2018, we aren't demanding "change" or "hope", though both are welcome. We are demanding that our elected representatives put our safety before corporate profits. The Freedom Papers is our vision for a Florida that is able to serve the everyday needs of its people. Our state spends $55,000 a year to jail our children, and only $7,000 a year to educate them. They tell us they don’t have money for raises, for books, for food stamps and for housing. What they don’t tell us is that these resources have been stolen from us by big corporations like prison giant the GEO Group and murder lobby the National Rifle Association. They have bought-off our elected officials to build a Florida that serves their needs and turning our state into a for-profit police state at the expense of the safety of our children.

We can live in a state -- in a country -- where no child is left alone, in the cold, or behind bars, where children feel free and safe when they walk to the store, play in the park, or are on their way to school in the morning. We can live in a state where parents and teachers are given everything they need to support the raising of our children. We don’t have to let another parent lose their child to a bullet, a badge or a dollar sign. This Florida is possible, but only with a drastic shift in our politician’s priorities - one that values the needs of every day people, rather than fattening the wallets of a few.

Today, we ask that you choose to support this vision. We want a state and country that keeps its children safe, a Florida and U.S. that gives everyday people - who have been forced to struggle for far too long just to survive - their Freedom Papers.


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commented on Contact 2019-06-26 06:52:50 -0400
Hey, I heard about your work on “Healing Justice” with Phillip Agnew. I’m in the middle of a really difficult but teaching experience while studying abroad right now. Being in the space of such privilege. while simultaneously trying to hold my prior experience and expand my current one is really quite difficult. Albeit difficult, it is necessary in allowing me to examine how I project myself in certain spaces and how I’ve been influenced in decision making. Just to give you an idea of what I mean, the highlight of this year was reading “There will be no miracles here” by Casey Gerald and “Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukav….hilarious if you ask me. I digress; I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for your work as an organization. I’m currently in Australia earning an MBA and the commitment to return home and co tribute to the betterment of our people has never rang more clear. I look forward to sitting at your feet and fighting by your side. God bless.

-Carlo A. Wood

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