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'Latte liberal' Jennings will keynote anti-Scott rally in Gainesville

Activist Cara Jennings yells at Gov. Rick Scott during an April confrontation at a Starbucks.

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Activist Cara Jennings yells at Gov. Rick Scott during an April confrontation at a Starbucks.

Cara Jennings, the "Starbucks latte liberal" whose videotaped rant against Gov. Rick Scott went viral in April, is taking her show on the road. She will be a featured guest Friday at a rally in Gainesville by a half-dozen groups protesting Scott's opposition to abortion rights.

The rally will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the intersection of University Avenue and North Main Street and will be followed by a benefit fund-raiser at 7 p.m. at The Wooly at 20 N. Main Street.

A release quotes Jennings as saying: "We are dealing with one of the most conservative governors and state legislatures in the U.S. From ignoring climate change to trampling access to safe reproductive health care, there are many reasons people are dismayed with Gov. Scott."

Jennings, a former Lake Worth city commissioner, launched a tirade against an unsuspecting Scott when he stopped for coffee at a Starbucks in Gainesville on April 5. The 48-second video clip has been viewed on YouTube more than 2.3 million times.

In March, Scott signed a law passed by the Republican Legislature that revokes all state funding to Planned Parenthood for any reason. The bill also requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges or an agreement with a nearby hospital.

A similar law in Texas has been challenged and is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 11:18am]

    

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