Dream Defenders Vision:
- We believe that our liberation necessitates the destruction of the political and economic systems of Capitalism and Imperialism as well as Patriarchy. We believe in People over profits. We believe that nonviolent resistance is “the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom” and are fundamentally committed to nonviolence as our means of struggle against a violent oppressor.
- We want an immediate end to the police state and murder of Black people, other people of color, and other oppressed peoples in the United States, the immediate release of the 2.5 million prisoners of the United States’ War on the Poor, and trials by juries of our peers.
- We want an immediate end to all wars of aggression (domestic & abroad).
- We want a democracy that is fair and protects the right to vote for all.
- We want free, fully-funded public education for all that teaches us our true history and our role in present day society.
- We want community control of land, bread, housing, education, justice, peace and technology.
- We want more. We deserve more. We will organize, train, act and win.
Under Agnew’s leadership, a revolving door of celebrities and lawmakers were inspired to join a 31-day campout at the Florida Capitol, in which the statewide Dream Defenders’ coalition of students and young professionals urged Gov. Rick Scott to address racial profiling and the state’s controversial stand your ground law.
A graduate from Florida A&M, he is the only paid member of the group with a small salary from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
On Oct. 12, Mr Agnew will be the featured speaker at the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists eighth annual Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Banquet.
Curtis Hierro, 26-yr-old Field Director:
a University of Central Florida graduate who has slept on the floor of the Capitol for 13 nights straight. “We’ve transformed the governor’s office into our own space. We’re very serious about this work. We’re here until this crisis is addressed.”
A former organizer with UCF’s Student Labor Action Project, Hierro got a mention in the Sentinel in 2011 when he shouted in protest as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio addressed a crowd of tea partiers at Lake Eola.
Steven Pargett, 22-yr-old Communications Director:
Graduate of Florida A&M.
Pargett: Lets admit that this is crazy, but unfortunately not shocking. It’s not wrong if you’re tired of this and want to do something about it. It’s not wrong if you don’t know what exactly to do. It’s right to ask questions. It’s right to stand up. I’m working with @thedreamdefenders and we are spreading the word about #trayvonslaw throughout FL and the country to cut stop RACIAL PROFILING and BIAS like this from happening along with other issues like the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Stand Your Ground. It’s the least I can do. #justiceforjon #rattlersstandup 4d
Ahmad Abuznaid, 28-yr-old Legal and Policy Director to the left and Ciara Taylor, 23-yr-old Political Director to the right.
“When the governor finally yields to our demands and assembles a special session of the legislature, we want our representatives’ jobs to be as easy as possible,” said Ciara Taylor, Dream Defenders’ political director, in the announcement. “We will do the hard work of collecting evidence and analyzing expert testimony for them.”
Dream Defenders’ legal and policy director Ahmad Abuznaid told MSNBC.com that the protesters’ goal was to get lawmakers to enact the Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act, also known as Trayvon’s Law, to address “Stand your Ground,” racial profiling, and ending a “school-to-prison pipeline” in the state.
Source: dailykos.com, dreamdefenders.org