The Parkland students stopped a huge corporation from donating to the NRA

The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States.

After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and Adam Putnam. It‘s all thanks to Parkland‘sDavid Hogg and his peers, who spearheaded a protest against the chain with a successful “die-in” at one of the store‘s locations. 

“Anyone who supports an NRA sellout is an NRA sellout,” Hogg tweeted on Tuesday in his call to arms to boycott Publix. 

Just a few days later on May 25, students — in partnership with an organization birthed out of the Parkland shooting, — led the protests in Coral Springs, Florida inside and outside the store, with chalk outlines in the parking lot to commemorate the lives lost during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

Inside, people staged a “die-in,” lying on the floor of two local Publix stores on Friday. Additionally, Hogg for 12-minute die-in‘s to occur in various locations that afternoon as well. 

The action worked, and Publix released a statement announcing that its donations to political candidates would cease. 

“We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community,” the statement read, according to . “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 experience for our customers. We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve.”

The corporation and its leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam specifically over three years, as reported by . Hogg is also asking Publix to donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, though it‘s not clear if that‘s going to happen.