David Hogg Organizes Boycott and 'Die-In' Inside Publix — Company Immediately Gives In to Demands

| MAY 25, 2018 | 9:52 PM

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In response to the Florida-based grocery store Publix supporting Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a National Rifle Association supporter, Parkland activist David Hogg organized a boycott and “die-in” to be held inside of Publix stores on Friday.

The “die-in” resulted in shouting matches between the customers and protesters in at least one store:

Other locations appeared to be calmer:

In a statement released Friday, Publix said it will stop its corporate-funded political contributions and re-evaluate:

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.