FLORIDA – The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission (MSD Commission) is made up of a group of political appointees who lack the expertise and diversity to competently fulfill its mission, and as a result has proposed numerous school safety measures that put Florida schoolchildren at risk, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The report – Safe for Whom? How the MSD Commission is Putting Florida’s Children in Danger – provides a critical analysis of the Commission’s composition, process and recommendations so far.
“The recommendations put forth by the MSD Commission make students, educators, and families less safe, not more,” said Bacardi Jackson, senior supervising attorney for the SPLC. “Our report highlights evidenced-based approaches, and a process informed by all stakeholders, to ensure real safety for all students.”
The MSD Commission was established in 2018 by former Gov. Rick Scott to investigate the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and to recommend changes to school safety policies.
Rick Scott is highlighted because that brings us to the other group involved in this, the Dream Defenders:
Three days after a Florida jury ruled George Zimmerman was not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, activists are turning to Gov. Rick Scott to change a controversial law tied to the case.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Scott’s office was flooded by Dream Defenders protesters on Tuesday. More than 60 individuals were present, fighting for a list of demands headed by a repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.
The Trayvon Martin case: who was involved in causing national outrage over that?
The organizing of the Dream Defenders started after the death of Trayvon Martin, and has spread to eight different colleges and universities, where dozens of students have been trained in direct action and civic engagement. Their goal in Tallahassee is not to protest the jury’s decision, but to win changes in policy.
“We aren’t leaving until we get what we came for,” said Phillip Agnew.
Judith Browne Dianis encouraged funders to support the organizing that youth are doing. Advancement Project is supporting youth organizing to build a national network that will foster organizing in other parts of the country, busing young people to Florida and supporting the leadership development work that organizers are doing.
“Young people have found their Rosa Parks moment. This is a real moment that is building, and it’s time to double down,” said Dianis.
WDN is co-sponsoring a second call in this series, titled the Role of Philanthropy Following the Trayvon Martin decision, on August 15 at 11 am PT, featuring Michael Skolnik of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
Michael Skolnik, who else is he involved with?
Dream Defenders, who did they want to be Governor in 2018?
March For Our Lives?
The most shocking part? The Dream Defenders support a designated terrorist organization:
It’s listed on the Director of National Intelligence’s website as well:
These disgusting people and organizations are suing over politics and spite. They only care about getting their way, not saving the lives of children. Do you trust that those that support terrorist organizations have the best interest of your child’s safety?.....