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'Dream Defenders' outside Governor's office undeterred

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Student activists continue to protest outside Governor Scott's office. The group known as the Dream Defenders says if Gov. Scott won't call a special legislative session on civil rights, then they will hold their own. 

Members of the group announced they will host a special session that brings together experts on juvenile justice, lawmakers and child advocates. Their special session will focus on racial profiling, Florida's "Stand your Ground" law and zero-tolerance policies in public schools.

Dream Defender Phillip Agnew said young people in Florida are in a state of crisis and Florida needs to take action right now.

"It's our contention that no matter how clean the floor of the hole is, no matter how good it smells on the floor of the hole, no matter how nice people treat you at the bottom of the hole, Florida's children are still in a hole," said Agnew. "We're proud to announce today that since the governor refuses to take leadership, we will be convening our own special session. We'll be calling on our lawmakers from the state, experts from around the country to convene here in Florida, in lieu of the governor's refusal to do so and call our own special session so that when session is called, lawmakers have an opportunity, a birth of knowledge debated upon with which to develop legislation in the name of Trayvon Martin, but more importantly in the name of future generations of Floridians."

The Dream Defenders say they will hold their special session each Tuesday in the coming weeks and call it "Takeover Tuesday." They have not picked a location yet, but in the meantime, they plan to continue their round-the-clock vigil at the state Capitol.

Governor Scott has repeatedly said he will not call a special session on civil rights. He supports the stand your ground law and has previously called a special task force to review it. That task force did not recommend changing it.

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