Republicans in Florida, led by Governor Ron DeSantis, have instituted an abortion ban that has no exceptions for victims of rape, incest, or human trafficking. At Ron DeSantis’ request, Republicans are also banning books like “Beloved” and “Of Mice and Men” and taking down posters of Martin Luther King, Jr. in schools and libraries. It is time to stand for freedom for women, students, and all Floridians and tell Ron DeSantis to let us decide how to live our lives without politicians’ mandates.
Ron DeSantis is only looking out for his corporate donors and the wealthy developers who line his pockets with campaign contributions. He’s not looking out for you. While you work hard every single day to provide for your family, Ron DeSantis is fighting to let landlords and developers price gouge you out of your home. It is time that we all come together to demand the freedom we have earned for an affordable place to live, which is why 74% of Floridians are in support of declaring a state of emergency for housing affordability to cap rent hikes at 10% per year. Let’s tell the politicians who have put their corporate donors ahead of the people they were elected to serve that we deserve better.
Every Floridian, no matter our background, where we come from, or who we love, deserves the freedom to know that with hard work, we can provide a good life for our family. But during his time in office, Governor Ron DeSantis and his Republican allies have tried to divide us by putting their own political ambitions and corporate donors ahead of what’s best for the people they were elected to serve. We know what we can accomplish when we work together, as we saw over the last two years when neighbors from all walks of life lifted each other up in times of need. While Republicans want to make our personal medical decisions for us, police who we love and what we learn, and attack people striving for a better future, we are focused on the real issues facing the people of our state like lowering the cost of housing and health care, increasing wages, fighting for equal rights for everyone, and ensuring we all have the freedom to live our own American Dream.
Ron DeSantis is the worst kind of politician. He divides us instead of finding common ground. He bends over backwards for his richest campaign donors. He cares more about his ego than about our state. He sees Florida as a personal steppingstone for his national ambitions, and so he panders to extremists outside of Florida. To take care of all of Florida’s families, we should elect new leaders.
Ron DeSantis is too extreme for Florida. He promotes Trump’s Big Lie about a stolen election, bans abortion even in cases of rape and incest, attacks teachers and children for wearing masks during a pandemic, and punishes employers for disagreeing with his political agenda. We should elect new leaders who believe in common sense, working with every community, and helping all Florida families.
Private health care decisions should be made by those seeking care, not politicians, including when it comes to abortion care. But extremists like Ron DeSantis have passed an abortion ban without exceptions for victims of rape or incest. This is wrong. We need leaders who will put Floridians’ health, safety, and real-life needs first, and leave private health care decisions to a patient, their family, their doctor, and their faith.
Private health care decisions should be made by those seeking care, not politicians. But instead of putting Floridians’ health, safety, and real-life needs first, Republican leaders in the state have passed an extreme abortion ban with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, and blocked access to gender affirming care for Florida’s most vulnerable communities.
While Ron DeSantis wants to pass new laws to allow permitless open carry of guns in our streets and roll back red flag laws passed after the tragedy at Parkland, we know the consequences of gun violence in the U.S. hurt the most vulnerable among us, especially children. That’s why 69% of Floridians oppose permitless carry and 57% support banning assault weapons. We need reasonable restrictions on gun access, like banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to keep our kids safe in schools and our communities safe in places like churches and grocery stores.
Schools should be a safe environment where all of our children get an honest, high-quality education. While our teachers need a raise and our students need supplies, Florida Republicans are instead focused on censoring classroom materials. Already, schools in Florida have banned books like “Beloved” and “Of Mice and Men” and stopped showing an anti-bullying video for middle and high school students supporting gay and transgender kids. Teachers are even being forced to remove pictures of their same-sex spouses from their desks and peel “safe space” rainbow stickers off their classroom doors.