TALLAHASSEE | They are young Floridians from Jacksonville to Miami. They are college students and schoolteachers, lawyers, community organizers and social workers. They make up a rainbow of American colors: black, white and brown.
They are literally sitting down for a cause, refusing to leave Gov. Rick Scott’s office.
They call themselves the Dream Defenders. In recent days, they have brought national attention to the Florida Capitol by staging the longest sit-in demonstration in recent memory. They have vowed to stay put until Scott convenes a special legislative session on ” stand your ground,” the controversial self-defense law that factored into George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager.
The governor has refused to meet the young activists’ demands. But their persistence has galvanized state Democratic lawmakers, who have turned up the pressure for a special session.