Protesters greeted lawmakers at the state capitol on a day full of customs and celebration. A group of immigrant protesters and their supporters came to warn lawmakers they're ready to rally if discriminatory immigration legislation is filed.
Melissa McGuire, an immigrant advocate, says lawmakers need to consider the needs of illegal residents. “When ever they pass bills they need to take into consideration immigrants. They are part of our community and even though they can’t vote, yet, they still have family members who can vote so they have to treat them like any other constituent.”
A group of hoodied protestors lined up near the doors of the House Chambers asking lawmakers to remember Trayvon Martin, the teen shot dead in Sanford last year by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
Ciara Taylor with the Dream Defenders helped organize the protest of about half a dozen college students. "The Dream Defenders are here to remind legislators to remember Trayvon Martin when they make legislation that can disproportionally affect black and brown youth in the state of Florida like Stand Your Ground, Zero Tolerance Policy, the privatization of our prison system.”
And finally a group of voters with cardboard signs called on lawmakers to reform state election laws.
Marilyn Carter says she waited four hours to vote in Duval County. "I live in a predominantly minority community and a lot of our precincts were condensed or relocated. The information was kind of slow about coming out. I notices that some of other the more affluent areas had shorter waiting times.”
All three groups say they made the trip to Tallahassee for the one day organizational session to let their elected official know, they will be watching.