The polling process asking lawmakers if they support a special session of the legislature addressing the stand your ground law kicked off earlier this week.
Each day the chances of a session being called move closer to mathematically impossible.
“For us, it was all about a measure of leaving no stones unturned,” said Ahmad Abyznaid.
The dream defenders have spent the last 30 days camped out in the Governors office.
They said they won’t leave until there’s a special session. But now, the house speaker says the poll speaks for itself and they need to go home.
“We’d say to those lawmakers, we’re ready to have them lead. So they’re ready for us to leave, but we’re ready for them to lead,” said Ahmad.
These are copies of the letters asking lawmakers if they support a special session of the legislature. They have until next Monday to send their response here to the Secretary of States office.
Lawmakers who don’t respond by the deadline will be counted as a no vote. The Dream Defenders knew they would face opposition from many Republican Lawmakers. Governor Rick Scott told them a week into the protest the session was off the table.
“I’m not going to call a special session. I don’t believe right now the Stand Your Ground law should be changed,” said Scott.
Session or not, the group says its staying put.
“Every time we start to get a little tired, we get a renewed sense of energy,” said Ahmad.
More supporters are expected over the next couple of weeks as tens of thousands of college students’ return to state capital.
Civil Rights leader Julian Bond will be at the capitol Thursday with the group for what’s being called a ‘huge announcement’.