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Despite Governor’s Rejection, Dream Defenders Say Their Tallahassee Sit-In Is Not Going Anywhere

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After a futile demand for a meeting to repeal Florida’s “stand your ground” law, Dream Defenders, a civil rights group, said Friday they will remain at the capital until Gov. Rick Scott calls for the special session.

UF Dream Defenders Chapter President Nailah Summers sat in at a meeting with Scott Thursday night, in which he said he does not feel the stand your ground law should be changed, and denied the group’s request for a special session.

Summers said Scott did not display the leadership she expected, as he asked them to simply talk to their local legislators.

“He patted himself on the back for a lot of things in that meeting,” Summers said. “He also said, as far as racial profiling, that he’s not for it.  He told us to make some very specific suggestions, and also told us to go back to our local legislators.”

In response to his refusal, Summers and her chapter told the governor they will remain at the capital until they get the results they seek.  Fifteen members from the UF Dream Defenders chapter will be joined at the Capital on Friday by 60 children from a Tallahassee Boys and Girls Club.

“I’m not going to call a special session,” said Scott.  “But I’ll tell you right now I appreciate you and I look forward to seeing you again.”

The members of UF Dream Defenders who remain in Gainesville will hold a Saturday rally in honor of Trayvon Martin, whose murder sparked the group’s movement for repeal of the stand your ground law.  Summers said she hopes the rally will bring the community together, and continue the discussion of racial profiling in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict.

“While we’re here (in Tallahassee) trying to get them to pass a Trayvon Martin civil rights act, we also want to do work locally,” Summers said.

The march will begin at noon at the Charles W. Duval Elementary School and go to the MLK Recreation Center in Gainesville.

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  • Jimbo

    Do these low information clowns understand the Stand your Ground law wasn’t part of the Zimmerman trial? These community organizers (agitators) are a bunch of brain washed pawns for the race pimps like Sharpton or Jackson, and listen for the Obama dog whistle for their marching orders. A bunch of Zombies.

  • TOTO

    The so called “Dream Defenders” sit-in and laugh now. They are pissing away money the State could use. What goes around comes around and there will be long term consequences from this. They have the day………others have a life time.

  • TOTO

    Dear Mrs. Fulton, quit trying to screw law
    abiding citizens who lawfully defend themselves over. Try reading the statistics
    of SYG’s. Meaning look beyond your pain-twisted view point and look at the
    facts. Yes what happened to Trayvon was tragic, not many would disagree. But the
    fact of the matter is he contributed to his own death through poor choices he
    made on his own. SYG wasn’t cited in the case, so it doesn’t apply. So again, I
    say quit trying to make law abiding fire arm owners suffer because of your sons
    fate. If you want to memorialize him, try helping other at-risk teens out by
    pushing them in the right direction away from drugs and thievery.
    Mrs. Fulton, any of the below true? If DOJ Eric Holder charges Zimmerman we will all find the truth. As a State Judge will not hide the facts as she did.
    Trayvon was a known and
    admitted Marijuana/Purple Drank drug user and seller. Trayvon was known by the
    police to be a local burglar. Trayvon was put on a bus to Sanford, by his
    father, with a roll of weed between his butt cheeks. Trayvon and his father
    texted each other about drugs and guns with Tracy Martin having no real aversion
    to Trayvon’s activity. He was then left alone for the weekend in the condo of
    Tracy’s mistress/girlfriend with no adult supervision. In addition all the
    physical and witness evidence supports Trayvon initiating the violent
    confrontation. Trayvon was raised by Alicia Stanley for 12 years. TrayMom™
    kicked Trayvon out of the house in December. Trayvon was living with Uncle
    Stephen. Trayvon was diverted away from the criminal justice system by M-DSPD to
    try and save him from a life in the gladiator training ground of the State
    Penitentiary. Sybrina never travelled to Sanford or left Miami Gardens until
    having coordinated the school memorial to occur while she was in DC. She filed
    for her Trademarks of his name upon arrival in Orlando for the first time on