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Trayvon Martin’s parents lead protests in New York and Miami over Zimmerman verdict

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) – Trayvon Martin’s parents were due to lead demonstrations in New York and Miami on Saturday, as protesters across the country rallied to express anger over the acquittal of the man who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager. The protests, outside federal court buildings…

The world is aghast over Trayvon Martin. The U.S. needs to look at itself

The jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman say they acted in strict accordance with U.S. law. That in itself speaks volumes “O, wad some Power the giftie gie us / To see oursels as others see us! / It wad frae monie a blunder free us, / An’ foolish notion.” – Robert Burns…

Justice Department to Florida police: Hold Zimmerman’s gun until our investigation ends

The FBI has ordered the Sanford, Florida Police Department not to return George Zimmerman’s gun to him while a federal civil case against him is still pending. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the request is a clear indication that the U.S. Department of Justice is moving forward with its investigation…

Trayvon Martin’s mom: Jurors didn’t see my son as human

Trayvon Martin’s mother said Thursday night that she didn’t believe the six women jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman were able to imagine her son as their own son. Sybrina Fulton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper she was shocked when she heard the verdict. “The reason I say that is because I…

Student activists holding sit-in at Florida Gov. Scott’s office over Zimmerman verdict

Members of a student activist group remained inside the Florida state Capitol Wednesday afternoon, determined to wait until they can ask Gov. Rick Scott (R) in person to revisit several state laws they say endanger youth of color around the state. Ciara Taylor, political director for the Dream Defenders, told…

Stevie Wonder is boycotting Florida over the Zimmerman verdict. Are you?

On Sunday during a concert in Québec City, Stevie Wonder announced that, like many people, he plans to boycott the state of Florida as a reaction to the not guilty verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial for killing Trayvon Martin. He said: The truth is that, for those that are being…

There Needs To Be A Third Choice Besides Death Or Arbitrary Restraint By A Madman

This Tumblr that went up recently called We Are Not Trayvon Martin is an interesting experiment, a way to talk about the role of race and privilege in this case, and how some of us have the privilege—which should be a right!—of being at least safe from would-be vigilantes deciding…

Fruitvale Station: Film based on 2008 Oscar Grant killing echoes Trayvon Martin case

Film about shooting of Oscar Grant opens at same time as not guilty verdict in trial of George Zimmerman for killing of unarmed 17-year-old Martin A Sundance prize-winning film about the real-life shooting of a black man by a white policeman has opened on the same weekend as neighbourhood watch…

Watch: Protesters rally in support of Trayvon Martin across the nation

While conservative pundits insisted that demonstrations against Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman for his role in the death of Trayvon Martin would be “lynch mobs,” what took place, instead, were gatherings and marches around the country, including some where police seemingly took on the more aggressive role. New York City,…

Hundreds protest in New York over Zimmerman acquittal

Hundreds protested in New York on Sunday against the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida. Many who gathered in Union Square brandished signs bearing a portrait of Martin and some, despite the sweltering July heat,…

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