Colin Powell: Trayvon Martin Verdict Was ‘Questionable’

Yesterday on Face the Nation, Colin Powell shared his thoughts on the George Zimmerman trial, calling its controversial verdict “questionable.”

And while the trail has galvanized and inspired many, Powell worries that the hype will die down and we’ll be back to business as usual.

From New York Daily News:

“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there (in Florida), but I don’t know if it will have staying power,” Powell said of the case that gripped the U.S. and fueled questions about race in the country. “These cases come along, and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.

New Ad Reenacts Trayvon Martin Shooting; Calls for End to Stand Your Ground Laws

The Coalition to End Gun Violence has released an ad that reenacts the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The ad calls for an end to Stand Your Ground laws, and features the actual 911 recordings from that tragic night.

The group has also launched a petition asking that people demand that their state lawmakers oppose”Stand Your Ground” legislation.

Sybrina Fulton – Mother of Trayvon Martin – Speaks Out on ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy

Sybrina Fulton – mother of Trayvon Martin – spoke out on NYC’s controversial Stop and Frisk policy yesterday.

Appearing on Meet the Press, Fulton asserted that no one should be stopped by civilians or police officers based off of their race.

From the Huffington Post:

“You can’t give people the authority, whether civilian or police officers the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Dance Group Stages Flashmob to Protest ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

A dance group called Dance for Action staged a flashmob outside of Chuck Schumer’s New York office in protest of “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Inspired by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

From NewsOne:

“We were really upset at the outcome and so were a lot of our friends,” said Sheila Anozier (pictured below left), a professional dancer who co-organized the flashmob — a group of people who assemble and perform for a short time and then immediately disperse — with friend Marie Philippeaux. (pictured below). “We wanted to do something in action towards the solution of getting rid of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

Miami Artist Huong Unveils Powerful Trayvon Martin Mural

Miami artist and peace activist Huong unveiled her latest work, a mural dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin.

Entitled “We Are All Trayvon Martin,” the piece features a man resembling George Zimmerman firing a weapon at a hooded figure; the hooded figure’s face has been replaced with a mirror. To the upper left of the hooded figure is a bust of Martin Luther King Jr’s splattered with blood.

Huong released the mural in solidarity with the Dream Defenders.

Chair of Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearings is a Staunch Supporter of the Policy

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.

Project NIA’s Youth-Friendly Reader About the Trayvon Martin Case

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.