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UPDATE: Capitol sit-in planned over Zimmerman not guilty verdict

by Dara Kam | July 16th, 2013

Photo courtesy Dream Defenders

UPDATE: At least 50 protesters from around the state are settling into Gov. Rick Scott’s office on the first floor of the Capitol. The Dream Defenders and others want Scott, who’s in New York, to call a special session and are demanding lawmakers establish the Florida “Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act.” The group, mostly students, want changes to Florida’s stand your ground law and “zero tolerance” school policies and are asking for anti-racial profiling training for law enforcement officers. So far, the protest has been orderly as buses of more protesters, many of them college students, continue to arrive. Organizers said they expect at least 200 to join the sit-in and they plan to stay overnight.

Young people from around the state are planning a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott’s office in reaction to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Dream Defenders are busing up college students and others from Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Gainesville to demand that Scott call a special session to review stand your ground, racial profiling and zero tolerance school policies they believe are the reason Trayvon Martin wound up in Sanford last year.

Organizers expect as many as 200 to attend the protest they’re calling #TakeoverTuesday on Twitter.

Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew said they’re prepared to wait “as long as it takes” for their demands to be met.

Scott’s in New York today and the Legislature won’t be in town until September at the earliest, when committee meetings meeting.

Like many others around the country, Agnew and his group, who’s protest has the blessing of the left-leaning Florida New Majority, are frustrated by Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict. Protests and vigils began the day after Saturday’s verdict and Al Sharpton, who will be at the NAACP convention in Orlando on Wednesday, said his organization is planning rallies in 100 cities in front of federal courthouses on Saturday.

“This is our step. We can’t burn our communities down. We can’t riot. So what can we do but go to the seat of power and ask them to do what they’re supposed to do,” Agnew said early this morning.

Agnew said the group is aware that Scott and the Legislature aren’t around but they wanted to give the leaders plenty of time to work on the Dream Defenders agenda the protesters believe will help avoid future tragedies.

Trayvon Martin, who lived in Miami Gardens with his mother Sybrina Fulton, was suspended from high school prior to going to Sanford to stay with his father Tracy. The Dream Defenders and other groups have made zero tolerance policies they call the “schools-to-prisons pipeline” a top issue.

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34 Responses to “UPDATE: Capitol sit-in planned over Zimmerman not guilty verdict”

  1. Repubtallygirl Says:

    Talk about astroturf.

  2. inappropriate Says:

    Someone should deliver them Skittles and Arizona tea…

  3. Frankie Says:

    Yeah, let’s just drop everything to cater to these kooks. Sounds like they got a long wait.

  4. Absolutely Says:

    These policies that require individuals to take personal responsibility for their behavior can be awfully troublesome. They must be abolished immediately, I say.

  5. Spence Says:

    Doesn’t everyone know that the mob rules?

  6. Toni Says:

    There should be a sit-in but it should be because Scott stuck his nose into this case that was already properly resolved by the Sanford Police. Scott was grandstanding when he sent in the State Prosecutor. And did anyone watch her press conference after the verdict? She sounded like she was accepting an Academy Award for her poor performance.

  7. Taxpayer Says:

    I guess Rick Scott sat on the jury. Wait…

  8. Nightwatchman Says:

    Justice for Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

    We’re still waiting, so get in line.

  9. Tea Lady Says:

    Apparently these young people are members of Mr. Obama’s 47% Welfare Society. Apparently, they cannot seem to “find the time” to engage in meaningful employment or employment-seeking activities.

    Thankfully, The Great State of Florida is a Tea Party State. We will not be coerced into handing out more welfare: free cheese, free library cards, $ocial $ecurity, Medicaid, free Obamaphones, Medicare, free cars, etc.

    These young lay-abouts can beg all they want, but We Tea Partiers will not resort to hand-outs to placate them, as that is want they are really demanding. If they were demanding Justice, they would be working hard, not lying about.

    Join The Tea Party! We will not placate or be held hostage to the 47% who want to freeload on the taxpayers’ dime! =)

  10. Enough already Says:

    Funny…Young people used to be just naive. Todays young people are just stupid.

  11. Thomas Says:

    Aren’t they worried about losing their jobs while at the sit-in? Ha ha ha ha ha ha……….

  12. David Says:

    Tea Lady, take a hike. God forbid that we should hand out “free library cards”. Perhaps you should use one and actually read a book instead of listening to Rush. Travon Martin was killed while doing nothing wrong, was in his own community, minding his own business. If Zimmerman had not followed him against the order of a police dispatcher, Trayvon would still be alive. If Z had not had a gun, he would not have gotten out of his vehicle. If Z was not a “wanna-be” cop, he would not have been involved. If Trayvon were a young, white girl, Z would have been arrested instantly. BTW, I’m over sixty and white.

  13. RealAngst Says:

    Hey Tea Hag..You are a funny lady. Maybe you need a good teabagging to set you straight. Fl is NOT a Tea Party State, nor will it ever be.

  14. sk Says:

    i like tea lady comments

    ” Tea Lady Says:
    July 16th, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    Apparently these young people are members of Mr. Obama’s 47% Welfare Society. Apparently, they cannot seem to “find the time” to engage in meaningful employment or employment-seeking activities.

    Thankfully, The Great State of Florida is a Tea Party State. We will not be coerced into handing out more welfare: free cheese, free library cards, $ocial $ecurity, Medicaid, free Obamaphones, Medicare, free cars, etc.

    These young lay-abouts can beg all they want, but We Tea Partiers will not resort to hand-outs to placate them, as that is want they are really demanding. If they were demanding Justice, they would be working hard, not lying about.

    Join The Tea Party! We will not placate or be held hostage to the 47% who want to freeload on the taxpayers’ dime! =)

    only if others agreed as-well

  15. BERNIE Says:

    Would not be surprised if MSNBC. Eric Holder and the Palm Beach Post are paying for the buses.

  16. sk Says:

    the library smells, and weirdos go in there

  17. Beverly Says:

    This tragedy should never have turned political in the first place.
    Are any of these protesters going to Chicago to plead for justice
    for the 74 shooting victims, including 12 deaths, that occured
    over the July 4th weekend?

  18. Tom Says:

    Florida is a purple state. Teabagger Scott will be gone in the next election.

  19. Chicago Says:

    Bev got it right. These youths need to go to Chicago and resolve the hundreds of black on black murders that happen each year. Young people shooting each other over drug turf on a daily basis. More deaths than in Afghanistan and they go sit in baldo’s office to solve nothing. Priorities and misplaced anger. Where is the real enemy to African Americans?

  20. Joseph Guuy Says:

    Just like the so called “demonstrators” that were bussed into Sanford from various states across the south. Especially the people that came from DC. Rumor has it, they were federal employees. Just an opinion.

  21. Una Paloma Blanca-a-ah!! Says:

    Beverly and Chicago: absolutely correct !
    If they were to go to Chicago they would make the point that needs to be made. Hopefully, one of the reporters will ask one of these ‘idealists’ what their thoughts on black-on-black crime is.

  22. Absolutely Says:

    @David, you’re over 60, white and incredibly stupid. The police dispatcher did not give an “order,” he made a suggestion. Trayvon did not live in that community, he was visiting. Zimmerman had every right to carry a gun and to get out of his vehicle.

  23. stevereenie Says:

    David Said…. “BTW, I’m over sixty and white.” (you forgot and stupid)

  24. stevereenie Says:

    Absolutely….

    He was visiting relatives because he was thrown out of his High School in S. Floria for Marijuana and being caught with stolen Jewelry (which I’m sure he purchased from the real thief)

  25. Fed up with losers Says:

    All you “legal scholars” need to pay attention to the facts.

    To those people who have nothing better to do than sit at the governors office calling for the repeal of “stand your ground”….

    1. Get a job
    2. Educate yourself….this was not a stand your ground issue. GZ declined to attend the scheduled stand your ground hearing because that issue was not part of the defence.

    His defence was his deadly force was justified because we, as private citizen non-po po, can use EQUAL FORCE to defend ourselves from death or grave bodily harm.

    The jury rightfully believed TM was using force that would result in death or grave bodily harm to GZ, thus GZ was within the legal boundaries of the law to use EQUAL FORCE….period….this is not a stand your ground issue.

    Justice was served by a jury chosen by BOTH the prosecution and the defence….now the prosecution and all these back seat legal know it alls decry the verdict and want “justice”….you got justice and you don’t like the verdict.

    Also, as far as race, I read thousands of posts by minorities threatening to “kill whitey” if GZ was acquitted….yet try try try as I might….I can’t find ONE post of whitey threatening to kill minorities if the pendulum swung the other way…so who it is again that is racist…..

  26. Repubtallygirl Says:

    @David, facts are stubborn things. GZ was on the phone with the non-emergency police number and when told, ‘we don’t need you to do that’ he responded OK, and was en route back to his truck. He was then confronted by Martin who decided he wasn’t gonna let some ‘creepy a$$ cracka’ follow him and teach him a lesson.

    In case you live under a rock, Z has every legal right to carry a weapon here in FL. There are 1.1 million of us who carry everyday.

    This case has NOTHING to race – it never has…it is being created into one by the left and the race baiters.

  27. tired of black people Says:

    they will delete your comment if you speak the truth….JUSTICE FOR GEORGE

  28. Fed up with losers Says:

    The facts were clear in this case.

    Those calling this racism….GZ did not know TM was back at first, he stated when asked, “he looks black”. I have no doubt he would have acted the. Same was had TM been white or Hispanic….it was not the race in question, it was the act.

    GZ was correct in stating he “looks like he’s on drugs or something”, as he was.

    Most victims do not have the luxury of choosing the color of their attackers.

    There is nothing illegal about GZ, seeing a suspicious person in a neighbourhood riled with robberies, and calling 911 to report it.

    That is what GZ did before he was attacked by a stoned, known trouble maker and fighter, who has mentioned in above posts, was caught at school with an empty bag of 420, burglary tools and a bag of watches and jewellery….I guess that is where he got the money for the “gold grill” he wore in some of the photos that the lame stream media won’t show you.

    Oh, btw, for all you race baiters… You probably don’t know, because the disgusting liberal left wing media and Al Sharpton (LOL) and his racist posse don’t want you to know….GZ had volunteered in the past to help underprivileged MINORITY children…..

    But you disagree with the jury, so we need to riot…..oh, excuse me…..d-e-m-o-n-s-t-r-a-t-e….

    How many people rioted when OJ, the black man, was acquitted of killing 2 innocent white people…..hmmmm?

    Exactly…..

  29. David Says:

    Thanks to all for the personal comments about my intelligence. This is a great way to have a rational discourse about important matters. @Repubtallygirl: When prepping for volunteer work as an observer, I was told to NOT FOLLOW anyone, and to contact the police. Seeing as how they were the police and I was a civilian, I took that as an order. I guess I assumed that all volunteers are so instructed. I was not talking about the recorded conversation everyone heard on the news. I am also aware that’s it’s legal to carry a gun in Florida – I also own guns. @Absolutely, yes, Trayvon was visiting a relative, which he had every right to do. Really, people, my only point is that Trayvon did not initiate the confrontation, and Z did not have to follow him. Whether Trayvon was a pot-smoking sleeze or not is irevelavant, since Z could not have known anything about him when he came upon him. What you folks are defending is the right to make unwarrented assumptions as to the reason anyone is anywhere and to act on those assumptions in any way you might see fit. Z was not a cop. He was acting like a cop, and he didn’t need to. A person was killed who did not have to die. If Z had stayed away and called the real cops, we would not be talking about this today because Trayvon would not have been killed. Was he an angel? I don’t know, and I’m quite sure that no one else in this forum knows, either. Zimmerman could be the greatest guy in the world, but he still made unwise decisions that led to the death of an innocent man. After the start of the confrontations, things went south and we can debate until H@ll freezes over as to who had what right to do what to whom. All irrelevent, since if Z didn’t follow Trayvon and initiate the confrontation, none of this would have happened.

  30. Repubtallygirl Says:

    @David According to Rachel Jeantel on little watched Piers Morgan show stated that she told Trayvon that Zimmerman was a gay rapist and to run.
    Martin obviously wanted to bash a ‘gay guy’. Why the hate?

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