The Dream Defenders Score A Victory in The War: Florida Announces 'Stand Your Ground' Hearings

(Source: commondreams.org) In the wake of mass protests following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin and an ongoing sit-in at the Florida state capital building by a group called the Dream Defenders, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford announced on Friday that he has ordered a hearing this fall to review the state’s “stand your ground” law at the center of the case.

Following the announcement, Phillip Agnew, executive director of the Dream Defenders, expressed cautious optimism about the hearing, which has been one of the group's key demands, but warned that it is only a small victory among a slew of issues the group has set out to tackle. Asked if he was happy with the announcement, Agnew responded, "We are always happy with small victories...but we know that this is a marathon, not a sprint." [READ MORE]


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