Dignity Marchers Stand Fast on Demands: “Enough is Enough”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It will now be up to state lawmakers and the governor to decide what action, if any, is needed in the wake of the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, but hundreds who participated in last week's March for Dignity are demanding a special session of the Florida state legislature.
Estephania Galvis, an organizer with the group Justice for Trayvon, was one of those who marched from Jacksonville to Sanford to demand that Florida take action to repeal the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.
"Enough is enough with murdering children and youth in the streets," Galvis declared. "Enough is enough with racial profiling. Enough is enough with thinking that your life is more valuable than other ones."
Galvis said there is something wrong with Florida's justice system when a domestic-violence victim such as Marissa Alexander gets twenty years for firing a warning shot in an incident in which no-one was hurt, while neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman gets acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
According to Elandria Williams of the Highlander Research and Education Center education team, in addition to seeking changes in state law, marchers also are demanding the resignation of State Attorney Angela Corey and the release of Marissa Alexander
"We're going to hold down the Capitol in Tallahassee until the special session is called, to say enough is enough, and the black lives matter, and that all lives matter."
Ni'Que Douglas, organizer with Project South, said the march brought together a diverse coalition of people calling for justice. He said what's often lacking in the making of laws in Florida is any input from the people who are being oppressed.
"People are making decisions on our lives without our, you know, input about what's going on," Douglas declared. "So, if we can be whole and try to come together, and not separate each other from race, class and gender, then I think that will help."
In response protests earlier last week, Governor Rick Scott indicated he had no intention of calling a special session to take up a "Justice for Trayvon Act."