Statement by Dream Defenders at Florida sit-in for Trayvon Law

Denied food for several hours by Capitol police
Dream Defenders say ‘we’re here to stay

The following statement was released on July 27 by the Dream Defenders who have been holding a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott’s office in Tallahassee, Fla. since July 16, three days after the ‘no-guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin:

Photo: Imani Henry

Photo: Imani Henry

On Friday [July 26], Dream Defenders were joined in the Capitol by civil rights leaders and youth from around the country, turning attention to Governor Scott’s refusal to call a special session for Trayvon’s Law. On Saturday afternoon, with over 100 young people – including children and elderly – sleeping in the Capitol, food and water supplies quickly ran low.

Given increasing hostility from Capitol police, it became unclear whether or not supporters would be allowed to bring food and supplies, which are all donation-based, into the building

When we were unable access food, people were concerned about whether supplies would last through the weekend. But we know why we are here and we haven’t lost sight of our goals.” said Director Phillip Agnew. “Sooner or later the governor will realize we’re serious and we’re here to stay no matter how much he tries to scare us away.

Capitol police have become growingly antagonistic towards the Dream Defenders this past week, despite numerous attempts by the group to keep relations amicable. However, no matter how uncomfortable the conditions imposed upon the group, Dream Defenders maintain that they will not leave until the governor convenes a special legislative session to consider Trayvon’s Law.

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