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Dream Defenders willing to consider hearings as alternative to special session

The student activists camped outside Gov. Rick Scott's office were optimistic Friday when House Speaker Will Weatherford agreed to hold hearings on the Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

But there are still two other topics the group wants addressed.

Dream Defenders Director Phillip Agnew said the group is just as adamant that the Legislature take up racial profiling and the school-to-prison pipeline.

"Those other two pillars are just as important to us," Agnew said. "We've got some great ideas and we'd like to get them before a committee of lawmakers."

Agnew's Dream Defenders had pledged to continue their weeks-long occupation of the Florida Capitol until Scott called a special session on the three topics -- a demand has Scott refused. But on Saturday, Agnew said the group might be satisfied with hearings on each issue.

"We still believe a special session would be best, but there are other routes we can take," he said. "There was a stalemate. We don't want that. We recognize that there is still a lot more work for our young people to do."

Could this mean an end to the protest?

Agnew said there are no plans to bring the occupation to an end. Rapper Talib Kweli is planning to come by Thursday.

But this could be the start of an endgame.

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