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Festival for Florida's Future heading to fairgrounds
Festival for Florida's Future heading to fairgrounds

Florida State Fairgrounds -- On Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., families from across the state will celebrate what it means to be a working Floridian.  Instead of focusing on creating jobs and addressing high unemployment, Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature proved that they are out of touch with real Floridians, the families living paycheck to paycheck, the retirees surviving on meager state pensions, the unemployed searching for jobs that are not there and students working their way through college.

The Festival will combine activism, education and music while serving as a kick-off for a sustained campaign to organize and mobilize working people from all backgrounds and walks-of-life, to demand meaningful action by the state Legislature and make a difference in the lives of all Floridians. 

At the festival, attendees can participate in workshops to learn how they can fight for Florida.  They can participate in direct actions such as writing letters and recording video messages.  They can also register to vote in the upcoming elections in 2012.

A diverse range of speakers and live music will entertain families throughout the day. There will be a supervised play area for children, so busy parents can participate in the numerous activities.  There will be a food court, educational booths, and various building trades will have their mobile demonstration units on hand to showcase their expertise.  Please visit http://festival.fightforflorida.com/  for more information.

Some highlights include:

  • FOR THE KIDS:  Bounce houses, obstacle course, toddler area, face painting, X-BOX truck, fire engine
  • TRADE DEMO’S:  Crane operation simulator, Solar Truck, etc.
  • RAFFLE:  Flat screen TV and other prizes

Workshop Topics include:

  • Speaking to Power:  Using your Story and Voice to Fight Back!
  • Tech Me Over:  Online Communication Tools and Resources
  • Labor Community Solidarity: Why Coalition Building Matters
  • Labor to Neighbor: How to Build a Grassroots Network in Your Neighborhood
  • Fighting for Fair Food: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Florida's 21st Century Farmworker Movement
  • Awake the State: Best Practices Panel
  • Why Grandma isn't Dead:  Stopping the Destruction of Medicare and Social Security
  • Affordable Health Care Act
  • Activist Recruitment:  Engaging People in THEIR Political Program
  • Running for Office 101

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