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Protestors make presence known at Fla. Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address

6:36 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Legislators on both sides of the aisle gave Governor Rick Scott a standing ovation at one part or another of his State of the State address Tuesday, but not everyone liked what he had to say.

"Nothing from today. We know that words are just words," said Dream Defense Executive Director Phillip Agnew.

While he wasn't impressed by the State of the State, Agnew has high hopes for the 2013 legislative session.

"I wouldn't rather be anyplace else in the world. It's the first day of session for the people we put in office, some that we didn't and they're making decisions that affect us," he said.

More than 100 young people from the Dream Defense Group formed a human corridor for legislators to walk through in Tallahassee.

Brought together after the death of Trayvon Martin, the group is focused on racial equality in Florida.

"We want a better Florida, and we're ready to take an active role in what that looks like," he said.

While their interests range from shorter prison sentences for youth, education reform and voting rights, more than anything, the group wants to let legislators know they'll be held accountable. 

"We've seen what happens when we don't let them know that we're watching," he said.

Agnew said someone from his group will be in Tallahassee every day of this legislative session for their voices to be heard at the Capitol.

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