Dream Defenders Vacate Capitol Building

Aug 16, 2013

The Dream Defenders gather in the Florida Capitol building's rotunda for a final hurrah Thursday.
Credit Ryan Benk / WFSU News

After a month of occupying the Florida Governor’s office in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, activists supporting the repeal of the state’s "Stand Your Ground" law finally moved out yesterday.

But the protestors say vacating the Capitol building doesn’t mean an end to their movement.

The Dream Defenders have demanded Governor Rick Scott call a special session to review Florida's self-defense law. The state's Republican-dominated legislature remains opposed to a special session to review the law, and Dream Defenders Director Phillip Agnew said it’s time for the group to try a new tactic.

“Next week, freshmen will be coming from all over the country to Florida colleges and universities and we’re at eight of them. So we’re going to start recruiting and get back up here for September 23rd,” Agnew vowed.

Florida lawmakers will be back in Tallahassee for fall meetings. The Dream Defenders stopped protesting hours after the results of a legislative poll showed minimal support for a special session.

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