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Overnight protest crowd grows for 10th night of sit-in

by John Kennedy | July 25th, 2013

The 10th day of a sit-in at Florida’s Capitol ended with a crowd of about 100 protesters planning to camp out in the first-floor hallways, with the number swollen by new arrivals from Philadelphia and a handful of ministers from across the state.

Youth United for Change brought about 30 people from Philadelphia to the Tallahassee event, which has been going on even as Gov. Rick Scott has steered clear of the Capitol. Scott has been lately in Colorado at the Republican Governors’ Association gathering while protesters in the Capitol lobby call for a special session to repeal the state’s stand your ground law and a host of juvenile justice changes.

The protest started July 16, following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

“We came with you all because we are all dreamers,” Saeda Clark, with Youth United, told the crowd gathered Thursday at the Capitol, led by the Dream Defenders, a statewide youth advocacy group. “There will be no more Trayvon Martins, as of today, staring with us.”

About a half-dozen ministers from Orlando, Gainesvilee, Tallahassee and Pensacola also planned to stay overnight at the Capitol in support of the protesters. One of the clergy, Kevin Thorpe, said the ministers are part of People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO).

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60 Responses to “Overnight protest crowd grows for 10th night of sit-in”

  1. Repubtallygirl Says:

    OK, this year’s new ‘Occupiers”….funded by the Martin’s attorneys….talk about AstroTurf……

  2. Noway Jose Says:

    They are dreaming alright. No one is going to get rid of the stand your ground laws that saved Zimmerman’s life. More and more states are passing them. Trayvon’s autopsy showed he had liver damage from using a drug called LEAN (Google all this and see). LEAN is made from Skittles, Arizona Tea, and Robitussin and causes confusion, aggressiveness, and paranoia. Trayvon was busted for writing gang graffiti on walls, burglary tools, and stolen jewelry. He bragged on social media about using LEAN and was liking to buy a gun. We need MORE stand your ground laws not less. In the last 40 years 262,400 blacks have killed each other.

  3. Tax Religions NOW Says:

    Congratulations homeowners !!! Your property taxes paid for these fatcat ministers to fly in from around the state to protest. Ready to demand your votewhore politicos rescind all their exemptions from assessments, taxes, and zoning yet?

  4. Whitey Says:

    And what about the 13 month old white boy who was murdered by 2 BLACK teens in Brunswick Georgia in March 2013. This wasn’t a stand your ground case but just plain THUG MURDER.

  5. Uncle Josh Says:

    Good Grief!

    I must be missing something very basic. Why are the protesters allowed to occupy state government offices and to whatever extent possible interfere with the operation of the business of state government?

    Move them to a neutral ground area (like a park) and leave them to conduct lawful protest.

    So what am I missing in this situation?

  6. Hitlery is TRASH! Says:

    Throw them out–I don’t want my tax dollars supporting a bunch of lazy do nothings who should be out working..

  7. EddieGin12 Says:

    Get a life, half these sycophants don’t even know what the *hail they are doing there. They don’t work, most obviously can’t read “Cursive” English, and YOU do have a F’ing RIGHT in this COUNTRY to PROTECT YOURSELF. WTF part of that can’t “You-People” understand. PUKE

  8. nemo Says:

    If papers like the pbp didn’t pay attention to these “protesters” they would return to their homes, if they have them, if their homes are even in Florida, and then the pbp would have to do some real reporting…which the pbp isn’t intrested in.

  9. voter Says:

    right or wrong, it’s nice to see people peacefully protesting for what they believe in. they aren’t causing anyone and problems and are standing up for what they believe…..just what our founding fathers did and wanted the rest of us to do……

  10. bito63 Says:

    Sure, Take away the right to defend your self from criminals that would assault you, rob you and possibly KILL YOU, Way to go MORONS, With or without the law people are waking up and are sick and tired of you THUGS, Now you are afraid??? Seems like the tables are turned and you don`t like it. How does it feel to be scared? Isn`t that what you do? Use intimidation???

  11. jason Says:

    We all hope there will not be any Treyvon Martins again. But you should be pretesting at Treyvons fathers house for not being a good father. A good father does not allow their kids to wear gold teeth, baggy pants, tattoos and diamond earrings. This poor kid never had a chance to do great things and his father is to blame.

  12. gethefax Says:

    A Homeless Man or Woman would be thrown out on his/her butt the first night. Isnt this pandering to their whining and crying. Shouldnt they be sitting in front of the JAILS protesting why theirs so many Black men abandoning their children??? Or perhaps have SLEEP OVER at the Public Schools in Philadelphia protesting about all the 15 and 16 year old girls pregnancy rates sky rocketing??? America’s middle class cant continue to support Black/White woman that continue to spread their legs and have two or three babys from two or three fathers. And by the way this goes for ALL RACES not just Blacks, but Blacks have a far worse problem in this arena, mostly due to a lack of education. But I applaud them for not having an ABORTION. But theres another way to deal with this as well. Men are HALF the problem!!! And ALL MEN, regardless of RACE need to take responsibility and CEASE to plant your SEEDS, take off and let the MOTHERS raise the flock single handedly!!! And young girls, you need to STOP falling for the BS….”I LOVE YOU or BABY YOUR MINE LINE!!! When you hear that BS its time to pack it up and go…unless theirs a diamond ring on your finger and a church around the corner!!! This is what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and the HYPOCRITES of like, such as Eric Holder need to address as well!!! This is something that all Politicians need to do something about…but it starts with the individual!!! TAKE RESPONSIBILTY!!! Then , and only until then, when that mess is cleaned up, then the Protestors can say they earned the right to protest in the Governors Office

  13. Wake Up Says:

    These people will be blessed. God will welcome them to paradise for their good deeds. What have you done to help the world?

  14. Enough already Says:

    I bet these idiots have forgotten what they’re protesting about…

  15. Fedup Says:

    Doesn’t the health dept. have anything to do with a whole bunch of people sleeping on a floor together, using the limited facilities, etc. Yikes! With that said, all those from outside the State of Florida have a heck of a lot of nerve to come into our state to change our policies. If they can protest we also can enact laws to protect us. We will of course adhere and jump to their demands as always. So disappointing, laws and policies are meant to be good one minute and bad the next. Makes you wonder, really.

  16. sorry, we're closed Says:

    Agree with Uncle Josh…What are the business hours of the State Capital? Kick everyone’s ass out at 5 and lock the door!! They call it protesting, I call it loitering! Get the Po-po!

  17. throbo Says:

    That girl with the big teddy bear gets in all the shots.

  18. Carol Says:

    The article does not mention that as of yesterday the protesters have cost the State of Florida $46,000 in overtime pay for guards and police. One simple way to guarantee their leaving would be to turn off the A/C and lock the rest rooms.

  19. No pillows allowed Says:

    They should not be able to bring anything in with them…they probably don’t need pillows anyway, aren’t their a$$es BIG enough from sitting around already?… and why the hell at the close of business aren’t their a$$es thrown out!!!

  20. they wonder Says:

    And they wonder WHY we use “the” word???

  21. Carrie Says:

    It must really rile the Zimmerman defenders, especially those in Florida, that this issue is NOT going away.

    As we head into the beginning of the 2014 election cycle – the regressive’s supporting SYG will now have to defend waving the Confederate flag while shouting at the top of their lungs.

    Expect the Zimmerman verdict was only the beginning, because Florida has become the symbol of everything that’s wrong with the SYG law, especially the discriminatory way in which it’s allowed to be applied and the subjectivity about being in danger for those allowed to use it as a defense.

    In recent times, the issue of profiling black boys and men has been brought to the forefront because of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

    While other cases that also ended in murder have gotten less attention, they should also be included like the Jordan Davis case in Florida. I love the way they like to harp on black on black violence, as if they cared and as if efforts behind the scenes aren’t made to address that problem.

  22. Larz Says:

    This entire thing is completely insane. How has the narrative of this story turned to “stand your ground” laws. IT WASN’T EVEN A FACTOR IN THIS CASE. Stand your ground had absolutely no bearing on the charges, the trial, the jury, or the verdict. What is going on? The complete reckless and frankly stupid press in this country has so badly misrepresented this case it is mind boggling. Race was never an issue in this case, according to the FBI. but that didn’t stop the press and the ignorant masses. And stand your ground never was a factor either. But what do we keep hearing about. This country really scares me. Nobody has critical thinking skills anymore and no one can form their own opinions. They have to be told what to think and how to feel. It’s really embarrassing.

  23. LicenseToSteal Says:

    Increase their welfare checks and give them more free cell phones and they will go home.

  24. Noway Jose Says:

    Reality check for protestors: Note that 99% of the comments here are against you. Also these protestors probably see themselves as heroic Rosa Parks types but they are nothing of the kind. Most of the defendants that have successfully used SYG in court have been blacks. Here is why no civil rights case will be brought against Zimmerman: He dated a black girl and took her to prom. He campaigned for Obama, mentored black kids, had black business partner, helped black man who was attacked by white kids, and has blacks in his family.

  25. rebar Says:


    Although Stand Your Ground statute was not brought in the Zimmerman case, it obviously played a role in his carrying and using a firearm.

    You said, “Nobody has critical thinking skills anymore and no one can form their own opinions. They have to be told what to think and how to feel.”

    Agreed, and sometimes all some folks can do is repeat what they’ve heard on Fox News.

  26. Joe Says:

    The affirmative action lobby knows that Florida’s stand your ground laws disproportionally affect young black men and statistics prove they are right. But instead of trying to change the thug culture and criminal glorification that so many young black men are drawn to they try to eliminate state laws designed to allow the victims of their crimes to protect themselves. I am confident that Florida’s state laws will not be changed to appease a few well meaning but misguided individuals. It won’t be long before someone in this group resorts to violence and eliminates any sympathy that law abiding Floridians they may have had for Trayvon Martin and his family.

  27. Mark Says:

    Go home you idiots!

  28. GT Says:

    The pbp will not look into who is funding these people because it’s probably George Soros organizations. They are useful idiots.

  29. Tyrone Says:

    Look at the lady in the photo with the big teddy bear,REALLY!

  30. Bobby Says:

    Over $13,000 (and counting) in taxpayer money spent on overtime to police officers due to them camping out in the Capitol. Go home already!

  31. Amy Says:

    What’s this pic really promoting? Unemployed young people. Nothing better to do. Laying around with there teddy bears and pillows in a gov’t facility wasting more money. Are they really pushing there cause that has no legal validation. I think not. Pic says a thousand words. I think there time would be better spent in a college class room furthering there own future careers.

  32. Waste Disposal Says:

    Throw the bums into a waste management truck and dump them into the Tallahasee landfill site. They have used up their 15 minutes of fame.

  33. Florida Mom Says:

    The right to protest is theirs. It’s yours, too, of course. It seems that most of the illiterates posting here are ignorant of that one simple fact. If you feel strongly enough about laws, legislation, and injustice (such as protesters protesting legally, as is their right) then the simple solution would be to form your own protest. I dare you.

  34. Joe Says:

    Look at the bright side and consider the likelihood that you are not being robbed or raped tonight because these people are busy protesting

  35. Hank Says:

    @Florida mom, no the simple solution is to work through the process to effect change. If I may ask, these protesters are wasting precious tax dollars. Do you really think I’m going to sympathize with them? Really?? They are no different than the protesters who block the street or loot stores.

  36. Terry Tuttle Says:

    Let’s all listen to Florida Mom. Wah! Wah! Wah! I didn’t get my way. Let’s whine and cry like a bunch of spoiled babies.

  37. Florida Mom Says:

    I pity the person who believes protesting is a waste of time or tax dollars. You take your rights too lightly, regardless of the issue you choose to focus on. Americans are far too complacent and far too eager to agree with their political party and/or church affiliation. It is not a case of wah wah, it is about the right to peacefully protest. Personally, I think the commenters here are just jealous of the guts and determination these young people are displaying. I’ll just keep supporting them, and urging them to exercise their right(s).

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  41. getlostjose Says:

    Noway Jose aka dr,finootch

    Already knows that is a load of crap and he is a lying pos !
    The kind off low life scum that doesn’t care anything about the truth or the facts. True piece of human excrement!
    lean is not made with skittles or arizona watermelon punch. And trayvon was not using the drug. There was no liver damage on the ME report.
    he never wrote any gang graffiti on any walls
    was never found with burglary tools and was never found with any “stolen” jewelry.
    Anything this piece of trash ever says should be taken as a lie.

  42. Tax Religions NOW Says:

    Sorry, Jose.
    Despite what you n @GGG would like to think about your darling Trayvon, he WAS an intimidating thug. Allegations you decry are mostly true.
    The cops and school administrators of Trayvon in Miami were under pressure to show “progress” in their systemic rehab efforts. Almost like Miami cops who falsified and mischaracterized reports five years earlier to show less crime where Chief’s initiatives” were targeted… then assistant chief blamed an innocent SECRETARY for “misfiling/miscoding” them after someone setting a records room fire din’t cover it up enough. You know the levels of official and other corruption in Dade since the Cuban invasion = more medicaid/medicare fraud than rest of nation combined. ANYWAY, Trayvon’s cops were told to NOT make arrests where they normally WOULD have. Still documented his acts which would otherwise have been prosecutable crimes. Read those reports, weep, confess your error.

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  44. Jupiter Guy Says:

    How can a 17 year old be intimidating? Some of you are acting like he was Al Capone, while others make him out to be a saint. Give it a rest.

  45. Sign of the times Says:

    “For as long as it takes” … what a bunch of jobless losers. Throw them out and fumigate the place.

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  47. Focus on Florida Says:

    Please, please continue to protest in Tallahassee.

    It just build resentment in the rest of the population in FL.

    There will be a big voter backlash to these protesting groups.

    The Majority of people favor having the law on their side when they are attacked and can defend themselves and their families.

    Let’s face it. The Trayvon case was SELECTED to amplify the focus on the 2014 election in FL. Obama is not on the ticket and a big black minority has to come out and vote in order for Obama and democrats to regain control of the House and the governorship.

    A democrat governor will allow for Obamacare expansion, change in laws and HIGHER taxation.

    Obama has given Charlie Crist the nod.

    Ask ole Charlie what he thinks about Stand Your Ground.

  48. Terry Tuttle Says:

    @FloridaMom, it takes guts to sit on the ground and sing? Ha! Ha! Ha!

  49. Repubtallygirl Says:

    In the 20-day period of the George Zimmerman trial, four minors – three teens and a five-year-old boy – were gunned down in Chicago, according to Homicide Watch Chicago, a Chicago Sun-Times publication, which details every murder that takes place in the city.

    On June 28, five-year-old Sterling Sims was killed in a double murder that also claimed the life of his mother, 31-year-old Chavonne Brown. Both were shot in their apartment, and police believe the motive was robbery.

    On July 1, 16-year-old Antonio Fenner was gunned down on the sidewalk next to the body of a 32-year-old man who had gang ties. No arrests were made, and no suspects have been named. Fenner’s mother believes her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time, because no one in her family knew the other victim or what Fenner’s association was to him.

    On July 3, 14-year-old Damani Henard was murdered outside a high school. His body was found next a bicycle.

    On July 9, 15-year-old Ed Cooper was shot and killed while spending time with friends at the park. A gunman got out of a black van and began firing as the boys ran away. Cooper was shot in the street and continued running to a vacant lot where he died.

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    Where is their justice?

  50. Florida Mom Says:

    @ Terry Tuttle
    Want to know what takes a lot of guts to do? Try sitting on the floor with skittles lodged in your urethra! Not only that but I had just come from my doctor and he just administred a iced tea enemy. Talk about having an angry anus of doom! I had an episode where i exploded from “back there” and it reminded me of my ex-husband with his mulitple arching ropes of semen. Yikes!

  51. jioppp Says:

    nemy. Talk about having an angry anus of doom! I had

  52. jioppp Says:

    But in an interview with The Palm Beach Post, Rich said she doesn’t believe the stand your ground law was “determinant” in the Zimmerman verdict.

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  54. jioppp Says:

    ut I had just come from my doctor and he just administred a iced tea enemy. Talk about having an angry anus of doom! I had an episode where i exploded from “back there” and it reminded me of my ex-husband

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