Talib Kweli Visits the Dream Defenders: “History tells us nothing moves without young people being involved”

The Dream Defenders recently received a visit from Hip Hop artist Talib Kweli.

Kweli joined the protesters as they’re sit-in at the Florida Capitol moves into its 5th week.

At a press conference, Kweli discussed the importance of young people being at the forefront of this and any other meaningful movement for change.

Chair of Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearings is a Staunch Supporter of the Policy

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to hold a hearing on the “Stand Your Ground” law may have seemed like a major step in the right direction.

But news of the man picked to chair the hearing – Rep. Matt Gaetz – has many shaking their heads.

Gaetz is a staunch supporter of the law, proclaiming that he doesn’t “support changing one damn comma of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

President Obama Will Speak at March on Washington Anniversary Ceremony

President Obama is slated to speak at the upcoming ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The ceremony goes down on August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial.

From the Huffington Post:

Obama’s speech will come 50 years to the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 to the National Mall in a march for jobs and freedom.

Donald Trump Confused about Why Blacks Can Say ‘Cracker’ but Whites Can’t Use the N-word

During an episode of Fox & Friends, Donald Trump complained that African American Democrats can say “cracker”, but when a white person uses the N-word it’s a scandal.

This came after a report of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) making a comment about the tea party being the “same white crackers” who fought against the civil rights movement.

Florida Lawmakers Will Review ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Florida lawmakers have reportedly agreed to review the state’s dangerous Stand Your Ground laws.

Their decisions comes after widespread outcry from community members, celebrities, and political figures; and most notably after weeks of protests from the amazing Dream Defenders.

From Raw Story:

The announcement on Friday by Will Weatherford, the speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, marked the biggest concession yet by the state’s Republican leaders to protesters’ demands for a top-to-bottom review of the law, which allows people in fear of serious injury to use deadly force to defend themselves rather than retreat.

Everything You Need to Know About Trayvon’s Law

A great article in Ebony Magazine delves into the much-talked about Trayvon’s Law; legislation proposed and currently being fought for by the NAACP, the Dream Defenders, and many others.

The law is an impressively comprehensive attempt to protect black and brown youth from the kind of racism and vigilantism that has destroyed and/or claimed the lives of so many of us.

It includes:

  • The Repeal of Stand Your Ground laws
  • An end to racial profiling
  • A mandate for law enforcement data collection on homicide cases involving people of color

Congressmen Introduce “End Racial Profiling Bill” in the Wake of Zimmerman Verdict

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced a new bill to put a stop to racial profiling once and for all. 

And in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, the unveiling of  the “End Racial Profiling Bill of 2013” could not be more timely.

From the Grio:

“It is the right thing to do,” Sen. Cardin said. “It is against the values of America to single out a person because of race.”

Harry Belafonte Talks Celebrity Activism; Wants a Sit-Down w/ Beyonce and Jay Z

Harry Belafonte has both clarified his comments about and extended an olive branch to Beyonce and Jay Z.

This, of course, is in response to Jay Z’s remarks about Belafonte’s claim that he and wife Beyonce aren’t socially active and responsible enough.

In an interview with MSNBC, Belafonte talked about the wasted power of black celebrity as well as what he’s willing to do to bridge the “generation gap”: