“15 ‘Dream Defenders’ Arrested Outside Presidential Debate” @ In These Times

Posted on October 24, 2012

Jacob Marshall — October 23, 2012: “While presidential contenders Barack Obama and Mitt Romney argued during their last debate in Boca Raton on Monday night, a group of protesters staged their own confrontation with police outside the Lynn University venue. The Dream Defenders, a Florida collective of young people of color, organized a protest to highlight the youth issues they believe have been ignored throughout the election. According to a report from New Times Broward-Palm Beachthe group held a 120-strong march toward the heavily-policed debate venue, holding signs that read “Education Not Handcuffs” and “End the Wars, Fund Education.” At the end of the march, 15 young activists sat down and staged a roadblock. All 15 were arrested when they refused to move.

Phillip Agnew, one of the arrested “Dream 15,” told In These Times that all activists were released this afternoon on recognizance after being charged with  unlawful assembly and trespassing.

The group began organizing in response to Trayvon Martin’s murder, and works to combat mass incarceration and the criminalization of youth………………”

Read more at In These Times.