Dream Defenders Mark 28 Days of Protest
The Dream Defenders officially entered their 28th day of protest on Monday, and it doesn't appear that they'll be leaving the Florida Capitol any time soon.
The protest started July 16, three days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Protesters flocked to Gov. Rick Scott's office, speaking out on Stand Your Ground laws in Florida and calling for a special legislative session to discuss the law. Scott met with protesters in July and spoke with them about Stand Your Ground, but rejected a special session.
The Dream Defenders' protest has gathered considerable attention from legislators, the public, press and celebrities alike. Last week, rapper Talib Kweli visited the protesters. Rev. Jesse Jackson and Harry Belafonte also made stops in Tallahassee to show their support for the protest, which consists mostly of college and high school students.
Speaker of the House Will Weatherford said he would hold a hearing on Stand Your Ground in the fall. The Dream Defenders are adamant about staying the course of their protest to get a special session. They believe the hearing is a small step in the right direction.
It's unclear just how long the Dream Defenders will continue their protest, but their leader, Phillip Agnew, says they will continue to move forward.
We have a plan, a plan to persevere, he said.
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