Harry Belafonte Demands Repeal Of ‘Stand Your Ground’ With Sit-In

Source: Emily Stanton / U.S. News & World Report

A sit-in at the Florida Capitol nears its second weekend as protesters, including the “King of Calypso” Harry Belafonte, demand Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., call a special session to address the policies they say led to the death of Trayvon Martin.

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In 2012, Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in what the defense said was an act of self defense. Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in mid-July.

Dream Defenders, a group that works for social justice, as well as religious leaders, youth groups and Belafonte are all asking the Florida legislature to consider “Trayvon’s Law,” a bill said to end racial profiling, repeal “stand your ground” laws, and remove zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools that Dream Defenders argues “funnel kids out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system.”

A prayer vigil is scheduled Thursday night with more than 100 ministers from across the state expected, as well as the faith-based group People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) and the NAACP. Faith leaders have vowed to stay overnight in the Capitol. On Friday #TheTakeOver rally begins at 2:30 p.m.

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