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FAU group now part of Capitol protest

by John Kennedy | July 19th, 2013

Dozens of activists, including a newly arrived entourage from Florida Atlantic University, prepared Friday to spend the weekend locked in the state Capitol, as the demonstration against the stand your ground law continued.

Capitol Police locked the doors of the 22-story building at 5 p.m. Friday, not long after volunteers carted trays of sandwiches, chips, soft drinks and water into the main lobby for the protesters long weekend.

“We may not that much of a difference right now, but we’ll see,” said Alexandra Caruso, 26, of Coral Springs, a graduate student at FAU. “Sometimes the kind of changes we’re looking to make take more than our lifetime. But it will come.”

Caruso said she was among seven FAU students who made the trip Friday to Tallahassee to participate in the demonstration in its fourth day. Activists led by an organization called the Dream Defenders have crowded Gov. Rick Scott’s office and adjacent first-floor hallway at the Capitol since Tuesday.

Like most of this week, Scott was away from the Capitol again Friday, making appearances at events elsewhere in the state.

Scott met with leaders of the protest for 45-minutes late Thursday but rejected their call for a special session to repeal the self-defense law that opponents say  contributed to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin last year in Sanford.

The crowd gathering as the Capitol closed for the weekend topped 100 people, including representatives of area churches, the Florida National Organization for Women, and low-income advocates.

Dale Landry, head of the Tallahassee chapter of the NAACP, also encouraged the protesters, saying they were only blocks from where civil rights demonstrators engaged in a lunchroom sit-in and bus boycott more than 50 years ago.

“You are fulfilling a mission,” Landry said.

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11 Responses to “FAU group now part of Capitol protest”

  1. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Great… a bunch of young white Liberal students protesting with the NAACP. It just shows you that Liberals have a guilt and they feel better when they protest. Liberalism is all about being a victim and how “feelings” need to be protected.

  2. lets do it for Trayvon Says:

    Actually all of these young people have plenty to protest with the NAACP. Governor Rick Scott, FDLE and all Florida government agencies have long been impeding the White House Boys Marianna, Fl school investigation where untold numbers of black and white youths were murdered by employee’s of the Fl Dept of Corrections for almost 100 years.

    Likewise Gove Scott continues to imped and cover up the massive numbers of rapes reported at Lake Sheriff Gary Borders Green Isle Boys Ranch. Know as a weekend retreat for the sheriff and has favorits sicko friends. All of these victims,those dead or still alive deserve justice for their abuses at the hands of these powerful so called politicians who cover up crimes against our children every day!

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  3. Berkeley of the South Says:

    Democrats had jumped on the Trayvon Martin case in FL early on to agitate and get black voters to the polls in the upcoming 2014 election.

    Get the masses emotional, get them organized, and get them to vote in an off election year in 2014.

    Recapture FL (democrats are agitating the latino vote in TX) in which both states have high presidential electoral votes that when combined with democrat dominated CA and NY electoral votes leaves the democrats with a ‘got ya’ path to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

    Ousting repubican leadership in FL will put the citizens of the state in jeopardy of having higher taxation, risk losing the right to work law,
    put citizens at risk of losing the no income status of the state
    and assure that there would be the full implementation of Obamacare.

    FAU is becoming the “Berkeley CA” of the south. Where are the protesters from U of Miami, U of FL, FSU, Central FL Univ? It’s just the kooks in Boca Raton.

    FAU has had a lot of publicity in regard to the instructor who had students ‘Step on Jesus’ (just imagine if it had been step on the Holocaust),

    and the professor who has suspicions that the government was involved in the Boston Bombing. The school has become radicalized, but just consider it’s location.

    The Democrats are using the Trayvon case to emotionalize and energize to get the black vote out in 2014 to oust republicans and reclaim FL.

  4. BERNIE Says:

    iF YOU ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO GO TO COLLEGE..WTH…GIVE FAU A TRY!!

    IF YOU ARE SMART…FAU..Find Another University,,

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