The student organizers behind the March For Our Lives organized a “Die-In” on Friday, April 6th at 11:30 AM. This protest was held at the Amway Center in response to a fundraiser Representative Mike Miller held for his Congressional bid, featuring Senator Marco Rubio as headliner.
In a press release, the campaign stated, “The March For Our Lives Orlando team feels that there should be no price tag for elected representatives to engage in a discussion with their constituents. We have been working on organizing town halls across the country with members of Congress or candidates for their districts. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy has hosted a series of free events around her district, congresspersons Val Demings and Darren Soto both have scheduled upcoming town halls that are free to attend, and Bill Nelson has been hosting meetings with local communities around Florida; however, Senator Rubio and State Representative Miller who is running to represent the students of UCF in Congress have not responded to our requests for a town hall. It appears the only voices they want to hear from are those giving them $2,700, perhaps this is why they have repeatedly opposed sensible gun control supported by their constituents, but opposed by the NRA. If Senator Rubio is able to host and attend a public event the day before the Town Hall For Our Lives project, it seems his schedule is free enough to follow the example of his fellow legislators.”
Trevor Wild, the Never Again Orlando team lead, said, “As a graduate of MSD and a resident of Parkland, it is beyond frustrating to see Senator Rubio prioritize a political campaign event over the voices of students across Florida who want to discuss making our schools safer and stop the rampant gun violence across the country. Since the Senator is obviously free this weekend, we invite him to join the rest of the Central Floridian federal politicians and plan a town hall with us.”