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    What the statistics won't tell you about Stand Your Ground's impact in Florida over the last decade

    What the Statistics won’t tell you about Stand Your Ground’s impact in Florida over the last decade.

                Earlier this summer, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the body that reviewed the United States for its human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), announced that it was giving the U.S. an unsatisfactory grade of C1 for its failure to take steps to address its recommendations to roll back “Stand Your Ground” laws. The Committee found “Stand Your Ground” laws to be “inconsistent” with the right to life under Article 6 of the ICCPR when it examined the U.S. in March of 2014 in Geneva.  The U.S. Government finally responded earlier this month, in which it admitted it had “nothing further to report” on Stand Your Ground laws, not having yet completed an investigation into the discriminatory impact of these laws that the Unites States Commission on Civil Rights began in March 2013.[1]

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    Dr. Brené Brown, a scholar, author, research professor, and one of my biggest heroes, writes in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, that the true definition of courage is “speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart”. She goes on to say that “every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver”.

    What does domestic violence have to do with me?

    Trigger warning: This article contains stories about domestic violence.

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    Mapping the Movement Out Strong: Meet the Dream Defenders Advisory Board.

    Mapping Out the Movement Strong: Intro to the DD Advisory Board

    Last week, Dream Defenders announced our Social Media Blackout, a “sabbatical” of sorts; to re-center, re-connect and build out a solid, yet nimble plan to increase our membership’s strategic advantage in transforming their circumstances locally. Part of what led us to this journey is owning our own truth in building a movement - organizing can be, well, disorganized - beautifully disorganized, righteously flawed - like we as humans can be. We embrace, in fact, love and thrive off this unpredictability, while acknowledging the need for direction to truly meet our collective potential and gain FREEdom.

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