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    TRAYVON MARTIN PROTEST LEADERS REVEALED

    And it really is about GUN CONTROL, because gun control is population control. The players list is the same time after time and they are all tied to Obama and the radical left. This time they are inciting riots based on race. This is the real astro turf Nancy. JMO

    TRAYVON MARTIN PROTEST LEADERS REVEALED

    'Grassroots' group actually front for shady figures

    July 18,2013
    AARON KLEIN


    Dream Defenders, the main group that has been agitating the protest movement surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, was spawned by activists employed by a who’s who of the race-hijacking radical left.

    From the socialist-oriented SEIU union to ACORN to Occupy to a litany of George Soros-funded organizations, the deep connections behind Dream Defenders raises questions about the motivation of an organization that claims to be a grassroots effort working to oppose racism.

    Dream Defenders has been leading Martin protests since the onset and has been credited with agitating for George Zimmerman’s arrest.

    The group was behind the protests that blockaded the Sanford Police Department, demanding the police chief be fired for failing to bring charges against Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder Saturday.
    The small Community Relations Service at Eric Holder’s Justice Department facilitated a meeting between Dream Defenders and city officials that resulted in a Justice review of the police department.

    Sanford police chief Bill Lee was ultimately fired. Lee has claimed he was dismissed for not arresting Zimmerman.

    Dream Defenders further led protests and marches demanding Zimmerman’s arrest. Just prior to Zimmerman’s arrest in April 2012, the Justice Department reportedly phoned Dream Defenders to inform the group that Zimmerman was to be arrested within 48 hours.

    The group is now organizing protests in the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal. On Tuesday, Dream Defenders demonstrated outside the Seminole County Capitol building and other locations.

    Dream Defenders bills itself as a nonviolent sustainable network of youth and student leaders fighting for social change. The group says it trains youth and students in civil disobedience, direct action and civic engagement.

    The group is made up of students and recent graduates from several Florida universities and is openly backed by SEIU, the ACLU and the Soros-supported Southern Poverty Law Center.

    The groups have held joint initiatives on many occasions. In January, for example, Dream Defenders, the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center held a community town hall in Tallahassee “to discuss the issue of keeping our children in the school system and out of the juvenile justice system.”

    Dream Defenders’ ties to these are other radical groups go much deeper.
    WND found that Gabriel Pendas, Dream Defenders’ organizer, is also employed as “Lead Organizer” by the SEIU. Pendas has been organizing Dream Defenders’ marches for Martin.

    Pendas, who openly identifies as a socialist, previously serves as president of the heavily Soros-backed United States Student Association.

    The student association is a member of the small Free Exchange on Campus, a group created to oppose the efforts of conservatives who speak at American college campuses. The group seems to mostly focus on opposing the campus education initiatives of former radical David Horowitz.

    The far-left Rootscamp.com wrote that without Pendas “there would be no Dream Defenders.”

    Continued the website: “With his leadership, within months, a sprawling organization uniting black and brown youth across the state was formed. 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 campaign coordinator for the ACLU. She previously was community outreach liaison at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    A Dream Defender founder is Phillip B. Agnew, who also serves as the group’s executive director. Agnew is also listed as a paid SEIU organizer.

    Nelini Stamp is a Dream Defenders director. In 2011, Stamp served as an organizer for the ACORN front group Working Families Party.

    Stamp was interviewed as one of the earliest Occupy Wall Street organizers.
    “We are actually trying to change the capitalist system we have today, because it’s not working for any of us,” Stamp said.

    Stamp participated in the “Take Back the Dream” movement with Van Jones, the infamous former “green” jobs adviser to President Obama.

    In a November 2012 piece she wrote for Prospect.org, Stamp hailed the organizing efforts of something called the Midwest Academy.

    The Midwest Academy and the Highlander Research and Education Center train organizers, but we have nothing like them in most states and localities. By 2016 and 2020, several more states will have become majority-minority, and we need to be able to shape that change,” she wrote.

    Midwest is an activist organization described as teaching the tactics of direct action, confrontation and intimidation as advocated by notorious radical community organizer Saul Alinsky.

    WND was first to expose that Obama himself funded the Midwest Academy when he served on the board of the Chicago Woods Fund from 1999 to December 2002 alongside unrepentant Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers.





    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/trayvon-m...ZHdGSYHH6wW.99

    Nominee for Most Valuable Organizer

    Gabriel Pendas



    • Nominee Information
      • Nominee's Organization

        Organization: Dream Defenders
      • How the nominee exhibited innovation

        In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, Gabriel Pendas knew something had to be done to change the racial dynamics at play in the state of Florida and across the country. He, along with students from across the state, put together a three day march from Daytona Beach to Sanford, Florida. Upon getting to Sanford, Gabe realized the power dynamics had to be changed. The youth who had marched locked arms, in solidarity, in front of the Sanford Police Department in an act of civil disobedience. The "Dream Defenders" had a list of demands including the arrest of George Zimmerman, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee's resignation, and the creation of a community board to oversee the SPD. In response, the Sanford police station shut down for the day and police leaders immediately went into negotiation. The Justice Department phoned the "Dream Defenders" and informed them Zimmerman was to be arrested in 48 hours. Additionally, Police chief Lee stepped down and now Sanford has put in place a community controlled board overseeing police actions.
      • How the nominee exhibited respect

        Gabriel helped foster an inclusive and diverse environment in Dream Defenders in which students from different backgrounds can come together and move forward a program of empowerment for our respective communities.
      • How the nominee exhibited courage

        Gabriel put his job as a union organizer on the line to organize the Dream march. After organizing around the Martin Lee Anderson tragedy as a student at FSU, Gabriel immensely felt the impact of the Trayvon shooting, as it illustrated the continued tense state of racial dynamics in the state. Risking termination, Gabriel left Miami to organize the march and civil disobedience. Ultimately his risk paid off, a new youth movement called Dream Defenders was formed in the aftermath of the incident. His union realized the importance of an organization uniting communities of color across the state and kickstarted the organization. Since it's inception in March, Dream Defenders has grown and now has active chapters at FSU, FAMU, UF, FIU, UCF, USF, MDC, and Polk County, actively organizing against the criminalization of youth, fighting the prison-industrial complex, and advocating for education as a universal right.
      • How the nominee exhibited excellence

        Gabriel's story of self stands as an inspiration to many joining the organization. He has inspired youth, who have never been activists or even politically inclined, to come into the organization and fight on the issues relevant to our communities. He has agitated many Dream Defenders in challenging us to be better organizers. When 15 Dream Defenders were arrested at the Presidential Debates in an action designed to change the debate in our political and media discourse, Gabriel was right there with the other arrestees.
      • Additional Comments

        Without Gabriel Pendas, there would be no Dream Defenders. With his leadership, within months, a sprawling organization uniting black and brown youth across the state was formed. 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.

    • Nominee's Personal Statement
      • We're working every day to build long term power for our communities in Florida. Our vision is to unite and develop youth and students of color to lead the way in the fight against the criminilization and mass incarceration of many of us, of entire generations of our families, and of so many of our neighborhoods. Like Martin Luther King Jr. did, and millions of undocumented youth in this country do, we're ready to defend our dreams. Proud to be a Dream Defender, and blessed to be surrounded by such a powerful group of world changers.

    • Submitted By Curtis Hierro
      • Relationship to Nominee: I organized with him

    • http://rootscamp.neworganizing.com/a...abriel-pendas/

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