NAPLES, Fla. -- The streets of Collier County were taken over Saturday by over 50 grassroot organizations, for the Day of Action, voicing their support and concerns for national issues. Nineteen different corners from Airport Pulling Road down to Immokalee represented different issues that effect the average citizen.
“Blanketing the entire county with different issues so people that are driving everywhere will see that there are people standing up for these issues, people that care," said Karynn Cavero, Day of Action Organizer.
The organizers explained this was not a day to voice political opinions but instead unify together on subjects from gun control, to planned parenthood, to immigration laws.
“There was no political signage," explained Suzanne Cherney, Co-creator of Southwest Florida Justice 4 All Coalition.
Cherney says the non-partisan day was available for any and all concerned citizens, social activists, changemakers, democrats, republicans, and independents alike. But politics aside, some issues hit very close to home, especially for Dreamers.
In 2019, [Dreamers] won’t be able to go back to school or back to work because they won’t have a work permit, thanks to the current administration," said Cavero.
After spending four hours spread across the county, participants met at Cambier Park for a group rally. Cherney says the Day of Action is not the end, but instead one small part to creating change.
“If this is what I hold dear, if these are moral and practical issues that I believe in, okay I’m going to start thinking about who is going to be running on these issues. What are the questions that we should be asking people that should be running for office?”
If you are someone you know is interested in getting involved with the Day of Action you can email them at email@example.com or message them on their Facebook page, Collier Freedom Movement.