Students from Dream Defenders head to Tallahassee to deliver a more telling State of the State address

03/04/13 Lisa Marzilli
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Activists from across the state are gearing up for protests as the Florida Legislature begins its 2013 session on Tuesday. It’s also the day Governor Rick Scott will deliver his State of the State address. One group plans to deliver their own address - one they say is a sobering, more telling version of the current state of life for most Floridians.

The Dream Defenders are a coalition of black and brown students from colleges throughout the state who believe "their legacy will be defined by decisive action", like confronting the Governor with their own "Dream Agenda”. They say they’re committed to replacing jails with schools, ending the illegal war on the undocumented, and dismantling the systems that criminalize people of color.

The group was founded last April in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. They plan to hold a press conference at the Capital on Tuesday which will feature 6 speakers, one of them, a 22 year old Psychology major from the University of Central Florida, Marie Paul. Paul was born in Haiti and moved to Florida at the age of 5. She joined the Dream Defenders last November and says her life hasn’t been the same since.

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