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.
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.
Dream Defenders demanded a special session July 16, but Scott refused. The group has since been piling on the pressure with social media and local news outlets, refusing to leave the Capitol.
"We stay until we win," co-founder Gabriel Pendas told the Tampa Bay Times.
According to the Times, the Capitol police have no plans to ask the Dream Defenders to leave.