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11:24pm August 5, 2013

Dream Defenders Win One: Demand for Stand Your Ground Hearing Granted

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Philip Agnew, the Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, has recently been spearjeading rallies on issues such as the school to prison pipeline, racial profiling and stand your ground as one of the leaders of the Florida based activist group, the Dream Defenders. Days ago, the group won a victory in their quest to challenge the state’s “stand your ground” law after Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford announced last Friday there would be hearings on the law this fall. 

“We’re happy with the small measure of success but we know we have lots of work to do,” Agnew told MSNBC. “There is no progress without struggle,” he added.  The Dream Defenders brought attention on their demand for a substantive debate on the stand your ground law with a 20 day protest at Florida’s State Capitol building.  They were soon joined by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Harry Belafonte.  

“We know democracy takes time. Progress takes time,” Agnew told the Miami Herald last week.  The Dream Defenders along with North Carolina NAACP Chair William Barber, are spearheading energized protest driven activism.  Will those efforts yield tangible results? Though Agnew called the stand your ground hearings an example of a “small victory,” history tells us that that’s how bigger victories begin.  

 



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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. She is a former Senate and House staffer and has had a very diverse career in politics and media. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne and has been seen on MSNBC. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers. For additional information about Politic365, please visit http://politic365.com/about/.




 
 

 
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