Dream Defenders will bring social change by training and organizing youth and students in nonviolent civil disobedience, civic engagement, and direct action while creating a sustainable network of youth and student leaders to take action and create real change in their communities.
We fight the criminalization of our generation by directly confronting the sources, sponsors and supporters of it.
We defend the People’s power to determine the destinies of our own communities.
We defend the right of all to a quality education and to live lives free of police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration.
We defend the right of all to happiness with whomever they choose. We believe that nonviolence, love & unity will always triumph over racism and hate. We will not rest, until victory is won.
• Loving our brothers & sisters
• Protecting each other
• Combating racism and discrimination in our communities with love and peace
These are organizing campaigns implemented and administered at the local level by Dream Defenders chapters. These organizing programs are reflective of Dream Defenders values and mission and enable our chapters to win concrete victories on their campuses.
These are organizing campaigns implemented and administered at the statewide by Dream Defenders staff. These organizing programs enable the organization to bring together its base in work that alters the relations of power on a grander scale.
In this campaign, chapters organize to have their campu...
“Giving kids clothes and food is one thing but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important, and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.”
― Dolores Huerta
On Tuesday, July 16, we began a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott’s office in the State Capitol. We called on the Governor to convene a special session of the legislature to enact Trayvon’s Law, which would repeal Stand Your Ground, ban racial profiling, and end the school-to-prison pipeline.
On Thursday, July 18th, the Governor finally met with us, but provided no real leadership. Rather than calling for a special session, he called for a statewide day of prayer to end racial profiling. But faith without works isn’t justice.
Governor Scott’s indifference was a catalyst for our extended stay in the Capitol. For 31 days and 30 nights we slept on the Capitol floor, in the halls outside his office, where he was never seen. Here are some victories won out of our stay:
Staying in the Capitol was about taking a stand not only in Trayvon’s memory, but for our worth as people and citizens of Florida. We cannot allow Gov. Scott to neglect his responsibility to protect the safety and well-being of all Floridians.
In the words of Dream Defenders Director Phillip Agnew, our power grew too big for the halls of the Florida Capitol. Though we left, we will continue our struggle until justice is won. And if we are to keep moving forward, we need your support.
Governor Scott told us that we need to increase our support. We know that the people of Florida and the nation are behind us but we need to show it.
For a full collection of scenes from the Capitol, visit our Video Gallery.
“ I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”
- Malcolm X
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.”
― John Lennon
Dream Defenders is a project of:
We are a human rights organization, directed by Black & Brown youth who confront Inequality & the Criminalizing of our Generation with nonviolent Direct Action and building of collective power in our communities.