Dream Defenders End Florida Sit-Ins

The organization protested for a month in the Florida capitol building against stand your ground laws.

Posted: 08/16/2013 06:41 PM EDT

The Dream Defenders caught the nation’s attention after staging a sit-in three days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It has been 31 days and the group is finally leaving the Florida capitol.

The organization was pushing for Gov. Rick Scott to hold a session to repeal the state’s stand your ground law. After meeting with the protesters on July 18, Scott refused their demands. Instead, House Speaker Will Weatherford agreed to hold a legislative hearing on the law.

The group will now work to register thousands of new voters over the upcoming months and then return to the Capitol for the annual legislative committee hearings scheduled in September, according to the group’s executive director Phillip Agnew.

The Dream Defenders will participate in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in Washington, D.C. this week.

The Dream Defenders actions earned the support of singer Harry Belafonte, rapper Talib Kweli and civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Julian Bond, who joined the young activists in the capitol.

Throughout the protests, the state reportedly spent a total of $153,630 on police overtime.


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