Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to hold a hearing on the “Stand Your Ground” law may have seemed like a major step in the right direction.
But news of the man picked to chair the hearing – Rep. Matt Gaetz – has many shaking their heads.
Gaetz is a staunch supporter of the law, proclaiming that he doesn’t “support changing one damn comma of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.“
With so much information, commentary and artistic reflections out there on the Trayvon Martin case, sifting through it all can be overwhelming.
Project NIA has taken the liberty of collecting some of the most interesting and valuable of those works into a reader geared towards young people.
It’s a great resource for educating and empowering our youth in the wake of this tragedy.
Ebony Magazine is dedicating their September issue to Trayvon Martin.
The magazine will feature four covers honoring the memory of Trayvon Martin. Three covers feature celebrity dads Spike Lee, Dwanye Wade, and Boris Kodjoe posing with their sons in hoodies.
The final cover is the parents of Trayvon Martin, and Trayvon’s younger brother Jahvaris.
If you thought the movement for justice for Trayvon Martin had lost its momentum, you thought wrong.
The Dream Defenders’ occupation of the Florida state capitol has entered its fourth week.
They’re calling for passage of Trayvon’s Law; a comprehensive piece of legislation designed to combat the systemic racism that funnels black and brown youth into prison, or into the ground.
Cece McDonald is a black transgender youth currently serving a 41-month sentence for stabbing a person who attacked her and her friends.
She recently penned a letter from prison where she discusses the justice system, and how it feels to be a survivor.
The letter, which was featured on ColorLines, says in part:
Oprah Winfrey is currently getting rave reviews – and Oscar buzz – for her role in the upcoming Lee Daniels film “The Butler.”
During a recent interview, Winfrey discussed the new film and how it will impact audiences, considering the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
“It’s so easy during this time… Trayvon Martin paralleled Emmett Till, let me just tell ya. In my mind. Same thing.
Florida lawmakers have reportedly agreed to review the state’s dangerous Stand Your Ground laws.
Their decisions comes after widespread outcry from community members, celebrities, and political figures; and most notably after weeks of protests from the amazing Dream Defenders.
The announcement on Friday by Will Weatherford, the speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, marked the biggest concession yet by the state’s Republican leaders to protesters’ demands for a top-to-bottom review of the law, which allows people in fear of serious injury to use deadly force to defend themselves rather than retreat.
Rapper T.I. sounded off on the George Zimmerman verdict in a recent interview.
T.I. took his hat off to the poise and class with which Trayvon Martin’s parents have carried themselves through this ordeal.
Because according to T.I., if it had been his son George Zimmerman would be dead.
A great article in Ebony Magazine delves into the much-talked about Trayvon’s Law; legislation proposed and currently being fought for by the NAACP, the Dream Defenders, and many others.
The law is an impressively comprehensive attempt to protect black and brown youth from the kind of racism and vigilantism that has destroyed and/or claimed the lives of so many of us.
- The Repeal of Stand Your Ground laws
- An end to racial profiling
- A mandate for law enforcement data collection on homicide cases involving people of color
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has expressed interest in acquiring and displaying the hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
Lonnie Bunch – the museum’s director, says the hoodie’s symbolic nature elicits larger questions about race in America.
Jay Smooth’s latest video blog absolutely shreds Don Lemon’s horrifically out-of-touch, black youth-shaming, “pull up your pants” rant, and gives an epic shout-out to the Black Youth Project 100 and the Dream Defenders.
A must watch.
Check it out below:
As calls for a boycott of the state of Florida mount in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, some are wondering if such a boycott would do more harm than good.
With Black people making up 16.6 percent of the population of Florida, members of our own community will likely be impacted negatively.
Madame Noire points to the Jazz in the Garden Festival in Miami Gardens – Trayvon Martin’s hometown – as an example.
Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced a new bill to put a stop to racial profiling once and for all.
And in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, the unveiling of the “End Racial Profiling Bill of 2013” could not be more timely.
“It is the right thing to do,” Sen. Cardin said. “It is against the values of America to single out a person because of race.”
Rick Ross’ latest song expresses his outrage over the George Zimmerman verdict – even sampling Rachel Jeantel’s testimony.
“I Wonder Why” features Jeantel’s controversial use of the phrase “creepy ass cracker” towards the end of the song.
Rick Ross says it himself during the song:
“Now I’m being followed by some creepy-ass cracker/
Now I’m being followed by some creepy-ass cracker/
Stand your ground, stand your ground/
Stand your ground, you gotta stand your ground.”