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Harry Belafonte joins forces with the Dream Defenders

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The young activists protesting outside Gov. Rick Scott's office got an unexpected boost of star power Friday when entertainer Harry Belafonte joined their ranks.

The students, who call themselves the Dream Defenders, have spent the past 11 days camped in the Florida Capitol. They have pledged not to leave until Scott calls a special session addressing the Stand Your Ground law, the number of young adults in prisons and racial profiling.

Scott has said he won't call the legislature to Tallahassee.

But Belafonte, himself a civil rights activist, urged the Dream Defenders to stay strong.

"If they reject you, then the world will pay attention to what's happening to you, and it is possible that Florida could become ungovernable," he said. "By ungovernable, I don't mean violent. But it could mean tens of thousand of people will join you. That's not good for tourism."

More than 250 people took part in the rally outside Scott's office on Friday afternoon. The group included Dream Defenders from across Florida, as well as students and young professionals from Chicago, New York CIty, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

About 100 of the participants were expected to spend the weekend in the Capitol.

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Mike C.

Wow what a great man those young adult had visit them. The same man who supported Hugo Chevez and Fidel Castro. Yup someone all socialist can look up to for their support.

JP Herr

Tourism in Tallahassee? That's funny.

George Henry

Boy, what a dummy, I mean boy JP Herr is such a dummy. "If they reject you, then the world will pay attention to what's happening to you, and it is possible that Florida could become ungovernable," he said. "By ungovernable, I don't mean violent. But it could mean tens of thousand of people will join you. That's not good for tourism." Tourism, meaning FLORIDA Tourism, dummy...

whasup

Did Belafonte serenade the in-sitting protestors with "Zombie Jamboree"? That would be fitting.

Amanda

I don't understand how these protesters expect the Governor and Legislature to take them seriously. They would never vote for the Governor or Legislative leaders under any circumstance. When you aren't a part of an elected officials constituency, you lose any perceived power you might have had. The Dream Defenders support 1 party with 96% of their vote and in effect allow the party in power to not listen to them, even if they do have some valid concerns.

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