After losing her spouse of fifty-six years in June 2014, 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini decided it was time to take to the streets. Inspired by Granny D’s walk across the country for campaign finance reform, Rhana began planning “Project Granny D”, a walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee to promote Move to Amend and Campaign Finance Reform. At 5’ 3” and 94 lbs, Rhana is a tightly-packed bundle of energy and she is on a mission to reform our political system to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech!
Rhana’s walk began on October 13, 2014. Local groups that are supporting the effort organized a kickoff event at New College. Among those supporting the walk are the Florida Veterans for Common Sense, the Student Farmworker Alliance, Public Citizen, the League of Women Voters and the Peace Education and Action Center. The kickoff is a potluck so please bring a dish to share.
Flying into town to lend his support for Rhana’s Walk will be America’s most popular populist, Jim Hightower. National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks. Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.
The walk will help Rhana connect with everyday people along the route educating them about the campaign and getting them to sign petitions along the way. Rhana will also be contacting elected officials in the districts she walks through to get them to take a stand on the issue.
Rhana was just spotted along US 19 near Timber Pines walking her way to Tallahassee. Rhana will be walking approximately 10 miles a day. Her total trip is just over 300 miles. She is scheduled to arrive in Tallahassee on December 3rd. For more information on her trip visit http://ingrannydfootsteps.org/