Phillip B. Agnew is executive director of the Dream Defenders. The organization, made up mainly of young people and college students, is getting a lot of attention for their efforts to “take over Florida”. They’re literally making Florida’s state capital building their home for now as they push for Florida’s state legislature to, via a special session, pass something they’re calling “Trayvon’s Law” which they say would address issues like the racial profiling, zero tolerance policies which create school-to-prison pipelines, and the Stand Your Ground.
They’ve already gotten Governor Rick Scott’s attention, and other lawmakers in Tallahassee are starting to listen in as well. Even celebrities and national media outlets are paying attention and helping spread their message. In an interview with ‘The Weekly Voice’ live from the capital via phone, Agnew discussed his organization, their efforts at the state capital and some of the roadblocks and successes that have come their way leading up to their 11th day of “occupation”.
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