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. I decided to spend the night here with the Dream Defenders, a student based activist group that organized around the George Zimmerman trial and is pushing to change Florida’s legislation to reflect racial profiling and have an impact on the school to prison pipeline. Today is Day 25, they’ve spent every night here for the last month.
When I first heard Phillip Agnew from the Dream Defenders speak about his organization, I was drawn in by the way he looked and spoke. Standing there at the podium with his snapback and tattoos explaining why the Dream Defenders were occupying the capitol until their demands are met, he looked like someone who would give me dap at one of my concerts. He was my peer, not an elder or authority figure. While the rest of the world was re-trying Zimmerman in their head and trying to figure out the best way to express outrage over something that already happened, the Dream Defenders were being proactive about the future.