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Dream Defenders

Dr. King's 'Triple Evils' and the Emergence of Freedom Side

Vincent Intondi | Posted 07.16.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. King argued that the "spiritual and moral lag" in modern man was due to what he later referred to as the "triple evils" of society: capitalism, militarism and racism.

Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Public Education

John H. Jackson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
John H. Jackson

Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this last week's State of the Union address. But it was the President's focus on education that brought home how one of our most important public institutions is suffering from the same inequities.

10 Amazing Young People Worth Celebrating

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 12.26.2013 | Black Voices

From Kendrick Johnson to Renisha McBride, too many young black people made headlines this year in the United States for news directly related to a tra...

12 Years a Slave and Today

Max Berger | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Max Berger

Last night, I went to see a screening of 12 Years A Slave that included a conversation with Harry Belafonte and Steve McQueen about the film and it's ...

The Dream Defenders: Learning From History

Vincent Intondi | Posted 11.27.2013 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

My students, most of whom were African American, began to cry. They said, "Professor, they killed Emmett Till, Malcolm X, Dr. King, and those four little girls in Birmingham. They still follow us, harass us, and are still killing us because of our race. Will it ever stop?" I responded, "Only when you make it stop."

Florida Youth Take 'Stand Your Ground' Fight To The Next Level

Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

Although it has been over a year since it made national news, the Trayvon Martin case pushed the country's controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws into...

Have the Darkest Moments Passed?

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

The undervaluing of black lives and race-based hate crimes remain a critical issue. How can a people be truly free if they are dehumanized, and even killed, because of their race, and often without consequence?

MUST SEE: What Dream Defenders Leader Phillip Agnew WOULD Have Said At The MOW

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Phillip Agnew hoped to deliver his message to tens of thousands observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, but time...

Dream Defenders Leader Headed To D.C.

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2013 | Miami

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 23 (Reuters) - The shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last year shook t...

Protesters Back Down As Scott Refuses To Budge

AP | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's killing are leaving the Florida Capitol after staging...

LISTEN: Where the Dream Defenders Came From

Ben Wikler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Ben Wikler

They're being recognized as the next generation of civil rights leaders. But rewind a month, and almost nobody had heard of them. So who are they, and where did they come from?

Poll To Call Special Session On 'Stand Your Ground' Fails

Tampa Bay Times | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Miami

As projected, an effort to get lawmakers to hold a special session on Florida's Stand Your Ground law has failed. ...

PHOTOS: Miami Artist Unveils Mural At Capitol Protest

Posted 08.12.2013 | Miami

A bald man resembling George Zimmerman pulls the trigger on a hooded figure as Martin Luther King's head explodes with blood in the background. Instea...

Muslim-Americans Defending the Dream, Advancing Civil Rights

Mustafa Abdullah | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Mustafa Abdullah

These are corrosive practices and policies that impact all communities and growing Muslim-American recognition of this fact has been reflected in increased involvement in this civil rights moment.

WATCH: How The Dream Defenders Are Needling Rick Scott

Vanessa Martin | Posted 08.09.2013 | Miami

In their quest to fight Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Dream Defenders, the Miami-based protesters, aren't just continuing a 25-day sit-in at Gov....

Rapper Urges Fans To 'Turn Up' For The Dream Defenders

talibkweli.tumblr.com | Talib Kweli | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices

I write this as I sit in the Florida office of Governor Rick Scott, live from the capitol. It is 4am and I am writing to the sound of a sleeping giant...

Talib Kweli Joins Dream Defenders' Fight For 'Trayvon's Law'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Black Voices

The fight against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws isn't ending any time soon. Especially not if rapper Talib Kweli and the Dream Defenders have any...

'Stand Your Ground' Hearings Chair: 'I Don't Support Changing One Damn Comma'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Miami

Republicans in Florida appeared to make a major concession to protestors last week when House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) ordered heari...

Dream Defenders Florida Take Over Enters Week Four

Bill Quigley | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

They are an inspiring and organized black and brown student movement going into week four of their sit in and occupation of the Florida governor's office. They are demanding changes in Florida laws which criminalize young black and brown people.

MAJOR Win For Florida Protestors

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2013 | Miami

(Adds new quote from Agnew, paragraph 6) By Tom Brown MIAMI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers will hold hearings thi...

A Mother's Love

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

Sybrina lost her son, Trayvon Martin, to a senseless act of violence. She watched the media create a caricature of her son as a thug, and burden him with assumptions about what it means to be a young black teen. And, after a long and painful trial, she saw Trayvon's killer go free.

Rick Scott's Security Blocks Silent Protestor

Posted 08.02.2013 | Miami

A silent protestor was blocked by Florida Governor Rick Scott's security team during an appearance in South Florida Thursday morning. As first rep...

Rick Scott Demands Apology After Being Berated By Jesse Jackson

The Huffington Post | Katie Burkhart | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) demanded an apology from the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday, in response to Jackson's recent comments likening Florida to...

'This Law Is Not Repealable'

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2013 | Miami

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 31 (Reuters) - Every night for the last three weeks about 50 young protesters have slept on ...

Dream Defenders Making Dreams Come True

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

We have seen these dreamers before; they called themselves Malcolm and Martin, Rosa and Fannie Lou. They step forward to show the way, to give hope and inspire the courage to challenge the status quo. In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, we are seeing these dreamers again.