Some lawmakers support special session

Letter calls for session to change 'stand your ground' law


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Legislative support for sit-in protesters at the state Capitol is growing.

About two-dozen state lawmakers have submitted letters requesting a special session, but the support still may not be enough to trigger a constitutional call for legislative action.

Wednesday was Day 23 for the Dream Defenders at the governor's office.

"We'll continue to put pressure on legislators and lawmakers, letting them know we're willing to do their job or start doing their job for them," said Ahmad Abuznaid.

The reality of making changes to Florida's "stand your ground" law is closer now than ever. That's because a growing number of Democratic lawmakers have shown their support for a special session.

"This is also another step in making sure that we continue to bring attention to a much-needed part of our state," said Rep. Alan Williams, D-District 8.

Lawmakers have sent letters to the secretary of state's office requesting a special session to address the stand your ground law. Ten more letters are needed to start the polling process.

If lawmakers hit the magic number of 32 letters supporting a special session of the Legislature, senators and representatives would be polled to see if they'd support the session. If 96 lawmakers agree, they would meet in Tallahassee to discuss the controversial law.

"This letter right here is to specifically call for a special session around stand your ground," Williams said.

With the George Zimmerman verdict and requests to pardon Marissa Alexander being ignored after she received 20 years in prison for shooting a gun in the air while allegedly being abused by her husband, the Dream Defenders are in a fighting mood.

"You know, a guy can get off after a man kills an unarmed 17-year-old, and at the same time a young black woman fires, doesn't injury anyone," Abuznaid said.

The group will have national hip-hop artist Talib Kweli join the group Thursday to address changes it says are needed in Florida.

Another lawmaker has submitted a letter to the secretary of state's office, and the Dream Defenders say they expect to hit the magic number of 32 in the upcoming days.