Dept. of Juvenile Justice Meets with Capital Protesters

TALLAHASSEE – After seven days of sleeping on the hard marble floors, the Dream Defenders are gearing up for week two at the state capitol.

“We’re getting like I’ve said before; comfortable with being uncomfortable we know we’re here with a goal,” said Phillip Agnew.

Standing tall and telling personal stories; the group is showing their strength by not going anywhere. Monday morning Governor Rick Scott had Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters meet with the group. The group continues to demand changes to state law.

“It’s time for work. The talk is over, people are dying, young people are dying; young people want a change,” said Agnew.

The Secretary met with the group for about two hours they say there is still a long way to go.

Last Thursday night, Governor Rick Scott met with the Dream Defenders. The protesters are demanding a special session. Monday morning the Governor reiterated his stance on the group’s demand.

“I’m not going to call a special session. I believe in the stand your ground laws in our state and I continue to believe in those,” said Gov. Rick Scott.

Lists were made and comments were shared during Monday’s meeting between both sides.

Until a special session of the state legislature is called, the Dream Defenders say their not going anywhere.

Only about 20 protesters stayed the entire weekend at the capitol.


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