Associated Press Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Rapper Talib Kweli is spending the night with a group whose protest at the Florida Capitol is now in its fourth week.
The hip-hop artist said he was encouraged to pay attention to the group by Harry Belafonte. He said when he saw footage of their protest he reached out to them.
The protesters entered the Capitol three days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The group wants Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session to repeal the state's "stand your ground law."
But Scott said he supports the law and has refused the group's request.
Phillip Agnew, one of the protest organizers, said Thursday the group has no plans to leave, but he joked they may stay "40 days and 40 nights."
Press Release: Advancement Project
Hip-Hop Artist Lends Support for Youth Leaders’ Call to Stop State Policies That Target and Criminalize Youth of Color, Cost Millions in Taxpayer Dollars
(Tallahassee, Fla.) – In their fourth week of occupation at the Florida Capitol Building, the Dream Defenders are continuing to garner the support of celebrities and public figures from across the nation. On Thursday, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will travel to the statehouse to meet with the youth leadership of the civil rights organization and join their sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott’s office.
The group of youth and young adults started camping out in front of the Governor’s office on July 16, three days after George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. While they have achieved one of their policy goals – a legislative hearing on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law – they are calling for additional hearings on racial profiling and the zero-tolerance discipline policies that push students out of school and into the criminal justice system. Not only do these practices have long-term harmful effects on young people, they also impose a steep financial burden on Florida taxpayers. The Dream Defenders also want the state legislature to consider “Trayvon’s Law,” a bill that would address all three issues.