JoHanna Thompson

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JoHanna Thompson

JoHanna Thompson is a South Florida activist. She is member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Backing Gillum

JoHanna Thompson wrote an article on the Freedom Road Socialist Organization's website “Don’t Let the Socialists Take Over Florida!” on the Gillum for Governor campaign.



Jonathan MacKenzie, JoHanna Thompson, Yvonne Johnson, & Terry Vento at the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art April 2015.

Early days of Occupy Miami

In an effort to make sure their message is heard, organizers have scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m. They’re also planning a concert at the encampment Monday evening. This is one of several protests going on around Florida and the world to call attention to what they call financial and social inequality.

Those are the very issues that brought Gihan Perera, director of the Miami Workers Center, to the protest to show his support.

“The message that these young people have and the people that are out here and the people of the Occupy movement is something that we’ve been facing in Liberty City and the poor sections of the community for years and years,” said Perera.

The Occupy Miami event began at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre. By 2 p.m. approximately 400 participants were in attendance. Later in the day hundreds turned to a thousand and the group marched to the Government Center in Downtown Miami.

About 30 participants, who took part in Saturday’s rally, camped out overnight and rallied again on a soggy Sunday.

“Yeah I hardly got any sleep but that’s because I was inspired, you know it was a good thing I guess,” said Kimo Nour.

So how long was Nour willing to stay?

“As long as it takes to be recognized because right now we’ve been branded as a bunch of liberals hippies, just bums really,” said Nour, “We’re not, we’re people just like everyone else, we’re the 99 percent.”

JoHanna Thompson set up a tent for herself and her two daughters.

“I understand that the banks and the government are giving money to their bosses who make millions and millions of dollars,” said 10-year old Jazz Thompson.

JoHanna Thompson said she hopes this will be a real learning experience for her children.

“I want them one to be able to experience what democracy looks like but I also have two young ladies coming up in America right now so I really do want them to be empowered,” said Thompson.

About 300 people took part in an Occupy Ft. Lauderdale march on Saturday and more than 1,500 people took part in an Occupy Orlando protest. [2]