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Dream Defenders

George Zimmerman's trial for killing Trayvon Martin became a flashpoint for raucous, heated debates — conversations about racial profiling, gun laws and the criminal justice system. Zimmerman's acquittal was seen by many as an outrage, but any outcome would have been unsatisfying for many people, since criminal trials are horrible proxies for the resolutions of big, thorny social issues.

Can 'Dreamers' Bill Help Gov. Scott Get Re-elected?

Mar 31, 2014

In a brutal GOP primary four years ago, now-Gov. Rick Scott blistered opponent Bill McCollum in a television ad highlighting McCollum's opposition to an Arizona-style immigration law.

"Rick Scott backs Arizona's law. He'll bring it to Florida and let our police check if the people they arrest are here illegally," said a voice-over on an ad paid for by Scott's campaign in 2010.

Phil Sears / Associated Press

The Rev. Al Sharpton led hundreds of people on a march Monday to the state Capitol, where they rallied against Florida's "stand your ground" law.

Dream Defenders Vacate Capitol Building

Aug 16, 2013
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.

Phillip Agnew was blindsided by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The decision came down late on a Saturday night. Agnew was expecting the neighborhood watchman who killed Trayvon Martin to be found guilty.

Agnew, 28, leads a group of young activists called the Dream Defenders, which formed in Florida last year in the weeks following Trayvon's shooting death. It was one of the many groups that sprouted up in cities across the country in response to the shooting.