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July 30, 2013


Chicago, IL (July 30, 2013) –Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. joined the Dream Defenders at the Florida State Capitol for a Rally today. He announced that he will stay overnight in solidarity with the Dream Defenders  


The Dream Defenders is comprised of a group of persistent 20-something students and professionals who are urging Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session to repeal the stand your ground law or dramatically reform it in light of the George Zimmerman acquittal. They also want to curb racial profiling and to provoke the state to repeal its zero-tolerance policy on school campuses to reduce the number of students funneled into the criminal justice system. This group has refused to leave and have vowed to stay at the Capitol until lawmakers pass the bill to do so. The Dream Defenders’ leader, Phillip Agnew quit his job at a pharmaceutical company to develop the group full-time after mobilizing a march demanding the arrest of George Zimmerman and directs the group with laser focus. 


Rev Jackson’s visit helped kick-off the People’s session, a mock legislative session reenacted by the Dream Defenders.    


Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. added the following regarding the Dream Defenders three-week sit-in: 


“This is a student movement at its best. They are following the tradition of Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi in staging a nonviolent protest. It is the definition of patriotism. We intend to sit-in so justice can stand up. We want the governor to have a special session. This is an emergency. People are crying out, people are hurting.”  


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