Activism does not have an age restriction, and a group of young leaders in Florida continue to prove that statement right.
The Dream Defenders have teamed up with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to combat the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws that exist in the country.
The organizations have put together a shadow report in response to questions the United Nations Human Rights Committee posed about whether or not “Stand Your Ground” laws violate the United States’ obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty signed by 167 countries to ensure freedoms of religion, speech and assembly, and protect individuals from discrimination, torture and illegal detention. In the report, the organizations outline how the laws specifically affect communities of color, citing evidence of racial bias in application of the laws and the increase in homicides in states with “Stand Your Ground” laws. According a recent report, justifiable homicides rose sharply in states with the self-defense laws, rising 200 percent in the state of Florida.
The Dream Defenders first gained notoriety when they held the longest occupation of the Florida capital in recent history.
There is power in our young people, and it is only a matter of time before we see change.
An excellent example of being the change that you want to see!
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