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UPDATE: Publix temporarily halts corporate-funded political donations

Parkland shooting survivor turned student activist David Hogg is staging a "die-in" at Publix Super Markets Friday afternoon. (WPEC)

Update: Publix says it will temporarily stop all political donations. Here's the statement from the company:

At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues. We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community. We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping environment for our customers.
We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve. As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.

Parkland shooting survivor turned student activist David Hogg is staging a "die-in" at Publix Super Markets Friday afternoon.

Hogg tells CBS12 these “die-in”protests are not about the 2nd Amendment, but about holding Publix accountable.

“If corporate America doesn’t stand with us” says Hogg, “the government won’t stand with us either.”

Hogg and students from Stoneman Douglas High School are asking people to go into Publix starting at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon and just lie down on the floor for 12 minutes.

It is a protest against the grocery store chain's $670,000 donation to Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor and a staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association.

“We have to hold these companies accountable just like our politicians ” says Hogg. “When they give half a million dollars to an A rated politician, they’re not going to be advocating for their employees that go to Stoneman Douglas. They are going to be advocating for the gun lobby.”

Students from Stoneman Douglas were at at the Publix on Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs on Friday morning. They outlined their bodies with chalk to represent the 17 students and faculty that were killed in the Stoneman Douglas attack in February.

Hogg says these “die-ins” are not about the 2nd amendment, but a deeper message.

“I believe in regulations that make sure that mentally unstable individuals and people with a criminal history are not able to get guns," he says.

Hogg tells CBS12 he wants Publix to withdraw the donation money and give $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund.


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