Putting Education Reform To The Test

College Students Begin Three-Day March From Daytona To Sanford

Courtesy of Vanessa Baden

Editor’s note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Tasnim Shamma.

Over 40 college students from around the state gathered near the Bethune-Cookman University campus in Daytona Beach Friday afternoon. They’re walking 41 miles to Sanford to call for justice for Trayvon Martin. The march is meant to mimic the historic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The campaign began at Daisy Stocking Park and will conclude on April 9 at Sanford City Hall. During the march, students will be stopping every two hours and receiving training. They will also work on developing a strategy to launch a larger youth movement to address racial inequalities. Their first stop is the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center for a prayer vigil and speakout. You can track the group as they march on their website.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and police officers in Daytona Beach, DeLand and Orange City are coordinating and will be helping with traffic control to make sure the students are safe while crossing busy highways.

Vanessa Baden, a 2007 alumna of Florida State, flew in from Los Angeles to attend the march on behalf of Dream Defenders. She said the purpose of the march is to call for the arrest of George Zimmerman and the investigation of the process of law enforcement following the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

“What we’re not trying to do is try Zimmerman in the court of public opinion. We get that there’s a process in this,” Baden said. “We’ll be patient with the process if they allow the process to begin.”

The Dream Defenders expect college students will join them as they continue marching. The group also led the April 2006 march and sit-in at former Governor Jeb Bush’s office in April 2006 after the death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson. What started with 30 students marching ended up with a sit-in of 115 students.

On the same day the march concludes, community members and students involved with Dream Defenders in Miami will be demonstrating in front of Senator Marco Rubio’s office in Doral at noon to protest his recent defense of the “Stand Your Ground” law.



  • When state or federal law enforcement turn their back on the violation of the civil rights of our children, or worse yet have been willfully involved in those violations, our system breaks down and becomes a toothless tiger.
    There is no greater example than State Attorney Glenn Hess in Bay County, Panama City, Florida, who is running again for State Attorney.
    Hess, when a judge, conspired with law enforcement to prevent a father and his minor child from entering a courthouse to attend a child support contempt proceeding against a man who raped and impregnated the child when she was twelve years old.  The father as a single parent with custody raised his child and his new grandson, a product of the rape.
    When the father and his child approached the front door of the courthouse, they were threatened with arrest at Judge Hess’s and then Sheriff Guy Tunnell’s orders.  Hess was the former attorney for the Sheriff’s Office and Guy Tunnell.  Tunnell is known for having resigned FDLE because of his history of racist conduct.
    The hearing was dismissed because the father and chil did not attend the hearing.
    Where were federal authorities then to enforce 18 U.S.C. 241 and 242?

  • I’m just an audio guy.. I make no claims to anything else.

    I took the 911 call with the most audio informatiion regarding screams, pulled down some of the louder noises (the actual shot and a few times the woman caller gets a bit loud) so they don’t hurt you while listening to the softer noises… Then ran it at a slower speed and pitch corrected it 100 percent true. Anyone with an ear for music can tell not a note has been changed.. Digital affords you this luxury. In the analog days we had to physically slow the tape/medium down and you lose pitch and clarity.

    THIS AUDIO IS NOT ENHANCED per sey.. not like enhancing a photo.. the only enhancing has been to adust volume levels so you don’t hurt your ear listening to everything at relative volume levels.

    There are a few swirling artifacts in this copy because I had to compres the wav file to a 128 kbps mp3 to fit on my page so you had a player to hear it on.. These artifacts are slight and will not distract.


    This exercise is just a way to access the call and hear things you would not of as easily (but every bit of audio information from the original is still there) just listening to the raw recording. Akin to slowing down video without the frame per second limitations.

  • Muhammed Malik, Executive Director for Council on American-Islamic Relations and the co-chairman of the Miami-Dade Green Party, is the man behind Vanessa Baden and that empty shell group “The Dream Defenders”. Malik’s name is all over the organizations and I keep digging up more about him each day. Seems like he’s into propping up and organizing groups that do his bidding.  What do you expect from a guy who dabbles with the Occupy Miami crowd?

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