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White people, you are not Trayvon Martin: As explained by a middle-class white woman.

Chicago, IL Congressman Bobby Rush wears a hoodie on the floor of the house.

He was removed from the floor, for wearing a hood.

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Considering that Skittles are getting all of this free advertising from this tragedy…
I think that Mars, Inc should send Trayvon Martin’s brother to college for free.

Considering that Skittles are getting all of this free advertising from this tragedy…

I think that Mars, Inc should send Trayvon Martin’s brother to college for free.

An extremely powerful speech by Professor Stacy Broooks at today’s University of Louisville walkout & rally for Trayvon Martin.

New York State Senator Eric Adams at the NY State Legislative Session, today.

New York State Senator Eric Adams at the NY State Legislative Session, today.

On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon was walking home from the store to get snacks for himself and his brother, during the half time of the All Star Basket ball game. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. 
Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.  
Trayvon was found face down with a couple bags of skittles, his cellphone and a can of iced tea. The facts around this case have become all too familiar: a young black boy shot without provocation.  
How can you get involved?
Join us on University of Louisville’s main campus in front of the Red Barn on March 26 at 12pm as we discuss ways to take action, and how this case is not isolated.
We will also honor the memory of Trayvon Martin with a candle light vigil on Monday April, 2nd, details to be announced at the University of Louisville event. 
Our hope is that this will start a larger conversation about what we can do locally to change national attitudes of our law enforcement toward Black youth.http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/03/18/446768/what-everyone-should-know-about-about-trayvon-martin-1995-2012/

On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon was walking home from the store to get snacks for himself and his brother, during the half time of the All Star Basket ball game. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. 

Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.  

Trayvon was found face down with a couple bags of skittles, his cellphone and a can of iced tea. The facts around this case have become all too familiar: a young black boy shot without provocation.  

How can you get involved?

Join us on University of Louisville’s main campus in front of the Red Barn on March 26 at 12pm as we discuss ways to take action, and how this case is not isolated.

We will also honor the memory of Trayvon Martin with a candle light vigil on Monday April, 2nd, details to be announced at the University of Louisville event. 

Our hope is that this will start a larger conversation about what we can do locally to change national attitudes of our law enforcement toward Black youth.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/03/18/446768/what-everyone-should-know-about-about-trayvon-martin-1995-2012/

Florida Strikes Again: Why this state’s crazy laws prevent George Zimmerman from being charged with Trayvon Martin’s murder. 
From the article:

How did we get to a place where Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense, which seems barely plausible, could prevent his arrest? The answer starts with the “Stand Your Ground” law that Florida passed in 2005. The idea was to give people who think they are being threatened the right to use force: They can protect themselves without first trying to retreat. The history behind that controversial idea is actually about gender, not race. It involves the intersection between the fight against domestic violence and the agenda of the National Rifle Association.

Florida Strikes Again: Why this state’s crazy laws prevent George Zimmerman from being charged with Trayvon Martin’s murder. 

From the article:

How did we get to a place where Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense, which seems barely plausible, could prevent his arrest? The answer starts with the “Stand Your Ground” law that Florida passed in 2005. The idea was to give people who think they are being threatened the right to use force: They can protect themselves without first trying to retreat. The history behind that controversial idea is actually about gender, not race. It involves the intersection between the fight against domestic violence and the agenda of the National Rifle Association.

Melissa Harris-Perry breaks down the facts around Trayvon Martin’s murder, and plays clips from the 911 call.

Thank You

I want to thank all the people who have been posting stuff about Trayvon Martin. Thank you for keeping this conversation going.

You’re keeping me informed, and spreading information.

You also inspired me to get to crackin’ with some awesome people on a Louisville action around this tragedy.

This terrible, senseless murder, and the injustice occuring with the lack of action on behalf of the Sanford, Florida police department can’t go unspoken for. As United States citizens, we should stand up for what’s right when things go wrong.