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Ciara Taylor

Student activists holding sit-in at Florida Gov. Scott’s office over Zimmerman verdict

Ciara Taylor, political director for the Dream Defenders, told The Raw Story in an interview on Wednesday that the group began organizing shortly after the acquittal of George Zimmerman on second-degree murder charges for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. About 100 members of the group ...

Florida Black Caucus Cancels Meeting With Rick Scott, Saying It Would Be 'Fruitless'

(AP Photo/Phil Sears) Ciara Taylor, with Dream Defenders, is interviewed by the media Tuesday July 16, 2013 outside the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Dream Defenders organized a sit-in of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of George ...

Rep. Joe Kennedy joins immigration fast

He has failed to act and move forward with immigration reform legislation in the House.” The new group of fasters include Kennedy, the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Philip Agnew and Ciara Taylor of Dream Defenders, the Rev. Eun-Sang Lee of the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake ...

Dream Defenders, angry at Florida Gov. Rick Scott, to hold own legislative session

So we’ll do it for him.” Meanwhile, protesters with the group say they will continue their occupation of the Capitol until the governor “yields to our demands,” said Ciara Taylor, Dream Defenders political director. © Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission...

New Fla. Capitol security rule ends overnight sit-ins

Dream Defenders political director Ciara Taylor criticized the decision. "The rights to peaceful public assembly, public dissent and free speech are central to the Constitutions of both the state of Florida and the U.S.," she said in an email statement. "These limitations on the public's ...

'Loud music' verdict increases call to alter Florida gun law

It’s about the systematic oppression of young people of color in the state as a whole,” Ciara Taylor, political director for the Dream Defenders, told msnbc. “It’s not that we’re against protecting yourself,” she added. “But if you are in a position that you feel you are afraid, but you ...

Harry Belafonte Joins Stand Your Ground Florida Protests

... where it can be debated and analyzed and discussed in a very peaceful, calm, productive way.” Ciara Taylor of the Dream Defenders says that while the group has occupied for weeks, they’re prepared to be in it for the long haul to foment change in Florida in response to Martin’s shooting death...

Snowden learns Russian, eats pizza and wants to settle down in Russia : The Voice of Russia: News, B...

Ciara Taylor, the Political Director at Dream Defenders, talked to the Voice of Russia about whether US government must change legislation immediately and the group's views on gun control. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden would like to stay in Russia permanently, his advisor Anatoly ...

Dream Defenders show up at State of the State address

“I think what’s changed is our knowledge of the Capitol, what the political process is all about and the importance of lobbying during legislative session to prevent more bills that could be dangerous,” said Ciara Taylor of Dream Defenders. "We’re a people power group,” Taylor ...

Cabinet Passes, for Now, on Pardoning Marissa Alexander, Pending Stand Your Ground Appeal

Members of the Dream Defenders have followed Alexander’s case, and their political director, Ciara Taylor of Jacksonville, was in court when Alexander was sentenced. One good thing to come out of the verdict, Taylor said Tuesday, is the need to explore cases like Alexander’s — ...

Youth-led campaigns seek justice for Trayvon Martin, refute Don Lemon

“We are powerful because we are a product of our generation,” Ciara Taylor, political director for the Dream Defenders, tells theGrio. “We show the world that yes, you can listen to rap music, and yes you can sag your pants, yes you can have tattoos and wear snapbacks, but you can also ...

Fla. Capitol security rules stop overnight sit-ins

"The rights to peaceful public assembly, public dissent and free speech are central to the Constitutions of both the state of Florida and the U.S.," Dream Defenders political director Ciara Taylor said through an email from a spokeswoman. "These limitations on the public's ability to ...

Harry Belafonte joins Stand Your Ground protests stemming from Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman verd...

Ciara Taylor said the Dream Defenders have gotten 28 legislators to back the idea. But she said that she and others are prepared to remain at the Capitol for weeks in order to get what they want. I'm prepared to spend a whole month, a whole season," said Taylor. "I'm prepared to ...

TALLAHASSEE: Plan B: Dream Defenders work to persuade lawmakers to call special session

But Ciara Taylor, the group’s political director, says they already have enough lawmakers to trigger the poll. “We’re not random kids coming to the Capitol,” Taylor said. “We’re Dream Defenders for a reason. We have a dream. We have vision. We plan to see it through.” The Dream ...

Protestors demand end of stand your ground for Trayvon Martin

"The time for talk has passed," said Ciara Taylor, political director for the Dream Defenders. Taylor called the issues facing black and Hispanic youth "a state of emergency" and continued to ask for a special session after both meetings. But according several community leaders ...

Trayvon Martin protest leaders revealed

We have now built the structure necessary to develop youth leadership while also directly challenging racial injustice, the prison-industrial complex, and the criminalization of minority communities.” Meanwhile, Dream Defenders’ political director is Ciara Taylor, who also serves as ...

House to hold hearing on 'stand your ground''

... and that is the criminalization of our youth, the way that young people are looked at in Florida, black, white and brown, and that's due to the school-to-prison pipeline and racial profiling that's perpetuated throughout law enforcement," Dream Defenders Political Director Ciara Taylor said...

25 Women To Know: Youth Advocacy

Ciara Taylor is tune with the legislative needs of Black and Brown Youth. She is the political director of Dream Defenders, a Florida-based organization founded two years ago by African American and Hispanic youth, who want to change policies of discrimination that are impeding their ...

Dream Defenders return to Capitol, continue fight

Ciara Taylor, the Dream Defenders’ political director, said she was disappointed by the lack of a firm date. “It’s very unfortunate that [Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chairman Matt Gaetz] will not give us a date so we can get ready,” Taylor said. In the meantime, the Dream ...

USW Blog » Blog Archive » Dream Defenders: Florida’s Dandelion Moment

But Ciara Taylor, the group’s political director, says they already have enough lawmakers to trigger the poll. “We’re not random kids coming to the Capitol,” Taylor said. “We’re Dream Defenders for a reason. We have a dream. We have vision. We plan to see it through.” Rather than ...

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