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Wake-Up Wednesdays!

Why Now?

Wake-Up Wednesdays! is a bold, people-centered grassroots effort and digital media strategy, designed to dismantle Ron DeSantis’ hateful agenda, life threatening rhetoric and anti-American politics, policies and practices that attempt to dehumanize Black bodies, immigrants, women, school-age children and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We are here to interrupt tyranny; eliminate facism; and reclaim and proclaim the power of collectivism and representative democracy. Through celebrating our collective self-determination and the promise of a multi-racial democracy, we move forward with the message that Florida is a place where both freedom and wokeness lives. 

Join us every Wednesday during Florida’s legislative session; March 8, 2023 through May 10, 2023 as we uplift, protect and celebrate those who came before us; those standing alongside us; and those to come. Together will stop the advancement of corporate profiteers, political pawns, bought-out public officials and harmful ideologies plaguing our state. 

Join us in-person and online in our relentless mission to shape a Florida for All. Together, we rise!

#StayWoke: A Historical Analysis of the Word "Woke"​

READ OKAYPLAYER’s Three-Part Series, “The Origin of Woke” provided historical analysis of the term “woke” which derived from 1960s Harlem. Here’s Part 1, 2 and 3

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Get Involved!

Sign the Petition

Sign the petition in efforts to protect our democracy and dismantle the antics of Ron DeSantis and the ideological agenda of the Far Right!

Join the Digital Campaign

Sound the alarm on Ron DeSantis by uploading a photo of a banned book, and using the hashtags: #STAYWOKEFLORIDA #FloridaLivesinUs #FreedomLivesHere #WakeUpWednesdays on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Listen to Our Playlist​

“Master Teacher”, Erykah Badu 

“Mississippi Goddamn”, Nina Simone 

 “Anacaona”, Fania All-Stars 

“Aguanile”, Hector Lavoe 

“Umi Says”, Mos Def 

“I Wake Up/Stay Woke”, Oshun 

“Fear Not of Man”, Fela Kuti 

“RedBone”, Childish Gambino

“Say it Loud –  I’m Black and I’m Proud”, James Brown 

“Colors”, Black Pumas 

“Get Up, Stand Up”, Bob Marley and The Wailers

“Dodinin”, Leyla McCalla

“Me Gritaron Negra!”, Victoria Santa Cruz

“Madres”, Daymé Arocena

“Dey”, Toto Bissainthe

“Keep Your Head Up”, Tupac Shakur 

“Fight the Power”, Public Enemy 

“Go Tell it on the Mountain”, Fannie Lou Hamer