Pro-Trayvon Martin "Dream Defenders" occupy Florida Capitol building

They are demanding the Photo: AP

FLORIDA, July 19, 2013 — Pro-Trayvon Martin activists have entered their third day of occupying the Florida State Capitol building in demand of wide-ranging legal reforms. 

The activists, who have formed a group calling itself the “Dream Defenders,” are demanding that Governor Rick Scott call a special legislative session so the “Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act” might be passed.


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According to CBS Miami, this means the following:

“Fully repeal Stand Your Ground Law

“Require law enforcement agencies to develop written policies defining and prohibiting racial profiling.

“Mandate law enforcement training on racial profiling.


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“Repeal zero-tolerance policies in schools.

“Promote restorative justice programs for youth.”

Lee Stranahan of Breitbart reports that a Dream Defenders spokesman told him Scott met with the activists last night and heard their pleas. It was also said that “(t)he nearly hour-long meeting ended in a stalemate, and the sit-in protests will continue.”

Yesterday, Stranahan wrote that “(t)he Dream Defenders protest has been non-violent and well-organized, and the ranks of the protesters have begun to swell. The group has about half a dozen experienced leaders who have provided food and beverages for the student protesters, organize activities throughout the day, and handle the media logistics. The group has denied receiving external logistical support. A number of individuals have been bringing food and supplies.”


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Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily notes that “(m)ore evidence is emerging linking one of the principal organizers of Trayvon Martin protests to the attorneys for the Martin family, Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks.

“WND found the organizer, Vanessa Baden, was listed as working for Crump’s and Parks’ firm on the Martin case.

“Further, Baden has described Crump and Parks as her ‘mentors‘ who ‘showed me that there was a lot more that we need to be fighting for.’

“Baden is the coordinator for Dream Defenders, an activist group that has been leading Martin protests since the onset.”


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Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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