Faith-Based Florida Group Shows Support For Dream Defenders

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Tallahassee, FL -- Eight members of PICO Florida joined the Dream Defenders at the state capitol Thursday. PICO is a faith based organization with over 1000 clergy members across the country.

Pastors from Pensacola, Gainesville, and Orlando stood in support of the Dream Defenders attempt to get Governor Rick Scott to examine the Stand Your Ground law.

WCTV asked Pastor Kevin Thorpe from Gainesville if this was a faith issue.

"It is absolutely a faith issue. as a pastor I struggled. What new information, what advice do I give to the congregants that I served? There's nothing I could tell them if you could literally be doing nothing wrong, walking home, lose your life and the system acquits the person," said Thorpe.

WCTV reached out to Governor Scott's office and asked if their stance on the stand your ground law had changed since support has grown. They referred us to the Governor's comments from Monday.

"They've asked for something that you know I'm not going to do. I'm not going to call a special session. I believe in our Stand Your Ground laws," said Gov. Scott.

The Dream Defenders aren't discouraged by the Governor's comments and expect their support to keep growing through the weekend.

The Dream Defenders confirmed to WCTV that on Friday entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte will join the group in support of their cause at the capitol.

Press Release: PICO Florida

Tallahassee, Florida – PICO Florida, a network of faith-based organizations is sending a delegation of clergy and leaders to support the Dream Defenders by staying the night with them tonight outside the Governor's office. Last week, college students started a sit in at the Governor's office to ask Governor Scott to call for a special session of the legislature to repeal the "Stand Your Ground Law".

What: PICO Florida Clergy and leaders from across the State to spend the night with Dream Defenders outside the Governor’s office at the Capitol.

Who: PICO Florida Clergy and Leaders from Across the State.

Reverend Marcel Davis will lead a delegation from Pensacola, Rev. Eddie Walker from Orlando, Rev. John Lee from Ft. Pierce, and Rev. Kevin Thorpe from Gainesville.

When: Thursday, July 25, 2013. Starts 5:00PM.

Where: Tallahassee State Capitol. 400 South Monroe Street. Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

Media: PICO Florida Clergy will be available for interviews. Media should contact Carlos Vogel, PICO National Network (727) 483-8854,

PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at

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