Next steps for the Dream Defenders:
After drafting Trayvon’s Law, the Dream Defenders plan to register Florida voters in support of their proposals and present their ideas to committee meetings of the Florida Legislature in September.
Agnew and dozens of protestors plan to camp at the Capitol for “as long as it takes” to have their proposals addressed, rotating in shifts to accommodate students’ and young professionals’ work commitments.
The Dream Defenders have not planned their exact steps beyond speaking at coming legislature meetings.
Yet, celebrities with civil rights leanings such as Jamie Foxx, Chuck D, Nas, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, and rock guitarist Tom Morello continue to show outpourings of support.
Kweli and Q-Tip have called Agnew to express solidarity, while Nas and Morello have tweeted their encouragement. Agnew is grateful, but remains focused on broader goals.
“The celebrities are cool, but this movement has to be bottom-up,” said Agnew. “It’s not about the big names, but the young people affected most by these laws.”