Defending the Dream.
The Dream Defenders was founded in April 2012 after the tragic killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. We marched and fought for justice for Trayvon and so many like him. In the last decade, we have organized with and fought alongside thousands of young Floridians and with freedom fighters across the globe for a better future than we inherited.
In 2023, Dream Defenders becomes a national organization. We welcome all the everyday people like us that know change is possible if we fight for it.
To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we’ve launched our Freedom Summer Marketplace where folks have an opportunity to invest in Dream Defenders culture!!Go to project >
We deserve retroactive decriminalization, immediate release and record expungement for all drug related offenses.Go to project >
Together, we can end gun violence and mass incarceration.Go to project >
By virtue of being born, each of us has the absolute right to fully-funded, free public education that fosters critical thinking, art, and wellness.
We know that the root cause of community violence is poverty and a lack of resources.
Dream Defenders has membership all over the country that's fighting for the future we all deserve. You can join a Squadd or start one, and plug into a network of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Let’s build together.
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Earlier this month, Dream Defenders traveled to Minneapolis to canvas for #YesOn2, a ballot measure that would have created a Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis. The measure aimed to remove the requirement for the city to maintain an armed police-only model of safety and instead dispatch social workers, housing experts, mental health and addiction specialists, and other qualified professionals.
Universal childcare and acceptable compensations for the workforce are powerful tools for achieving racial and economic equity after the pandemic and beyond.
I am sure that with the values and mindset Floyd has for the future of St. Petersburg, we will work together as elected officials and community members to get our people into homes.