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THE LOWDOWN: NOVEMBER 3- Stand Your Ground Community Call// RSVP: http://bit.ly/SYGRSVP NOVEMBER 7- Stand Your Ground Hearing // 3pm, Webster Hall, 212 Knott, FL State Capitol November 3rd to November 8th will be a huge week for those watching Stand Your Ground legislation in the state of Florida. Stand Your Ground laws give an individual […]

Stand Your Ground

Stand your Ground gives an individual the right to use deadly force without being seriously threatened. It is a piece of American Legislative Exchange Council  (ALEC) model legislation that exists in some form in 31 states. As long as Stand Your Ground legislation is in place, our communities remain unsafe. Dream Defenders has maintained from […]

Dream Defenders Announce Their Own Special Session

Dream Defenders Respond to Florida Governor’s Refusal to Hold a “Special Legislative Session” by Convening Our Own   Today we marked the one-week anniversary of #TakeoverTuesday of the Florida statehouse by announcing plans to convene our own special legislative session to examine the circumstances that led to the killing of Trayvon Martin over a year […]

VIDEO Recap of Day 1 and 2 of #takeoverFL

The Dream Defenders have taken over Florida Capitol to demand the #TrayvonMartinAct. Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/fldreamdef Since Tuesday morning (7/16) Dream Defenders have maintained a presence at the Capitol for an extended stay to apply pressure and demand that Governor Rick Scott call for a special session of legislature to address issues related to […]

#TakeOverTuesday has begun

        THE DREAM DEFENDERS HAVE CONVERGED ON THE CAPITOL OF FLORIDA TO DEMAND #JUSTICEFORTRAYVON. We have released the following statement: We are here to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin and pay respects to his family. This tragedy serves as a vivid reminder of the pain felt by our communities, in which […]

Zimmerman Acquitted, But Racism Found Guilty

The following is a reflection from Ahmad Abuznaid, Legal and Policy Director of Dream Defenders.  He can be reached at @DiplomatEsq. Ahmad Abuznaid is an attorney in Florida, and the Legal & Policy Director for The Dream Defenders, Inc., a non-profit intent on ending the systemic criminalization of communities of color. Contrary to the weather […]

“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