Gov. Rick Scott’s administration might mark Florida’s golden age of free speech and protest, or its last hurrah anyway.
The plaza-level sign in the Capitol rotunda declaring “Florida’s Free Speech Zone” that went up during Scott’s term has been removed and Jonel Edwards Mickles has experienced the difference in atmosphere firsthand.
The Co-Executive Director of the Dream Defenders was part of a 31-day sit-in protesting the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law in 2013 at the Governor’s Office and, 10 years later, witnessed the arrest of 14 people who were asking for a meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis in the same place.
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