When the young activists known as the Dream Defenders marched into Gov. Rick Scott’s office last week, few observers expected the group to attract much attention.
But seven days later, the Dream Defenders have proven hard to ignore.
What began as a modest protest has morphed into a week-long occupation of the Florida Capitol. The organizers, most of whom are college students and young professionals, say they are prepared to stay for weeks or even months — as long as it takes for Scott to call a special session on racial profiling and the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.
Nevermind that Scott has refused, making the odds of a special session almost non-existent.
“We stay until we win,” said Gabriel Pendas, one of the group’s co-founders.