On July 13, 2013 a jury of six women reached a verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. They found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old in Sanford, Florida.@TeamIMPACTand several community members, organizations, and partners responded immediately, launching the #NoJusticeNoSleepmovement.
Thank you for your interest in ongoing efforts to mobilize for #JusticeforTrayvon and beyond. We continue to work for justice. Here’s how you can help:
We held our third conference call last night at 10:00 PM EST. If you missed the call, the audio is posted here: #NoJusticeNoSleep Call with @teamIMPACT. Last night we discussed ways to mobilize and focus our action with the goal of #JusticeForTrayvon and all the other faceless and nameless young people that could have been Trayvon.
Trayvon Martin Foundation
Where were you on Saturday, July 13th at 9:59 p.m., when a six person jury in Sanford, Florida delivered a verdict of NOT GUILTY to the man who shot and killed Trayvon Benjamin Martin? The verdict brought back painful memories; of Amadou Diallo and Yusef Hawkins, both shot dead while unarmed. It recalled Medgar Evers, shot dead in his driveway 50 years ago this June, and Emmett Till, whose open casket forced a nation to face the shame of lynching. Horrific moments in history that moved a nation to tears. The verdict reemphasized the need for change in our country. The need to take a serious look at race relations; the need to rethink our gun laws, and the need for fairness in our police departments and our courts.
At this moment, two loving parents are heartbroken. I personally join their efforts in not allowing the verdict to define Trayvon. They have turned their unbearable pain into advocacy, by establishing the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Its purpose: to advocate against gun violence, stand up for victims and their families, and to oppose all forms of racial profiling. I humbly ask that you join me in standing with this family now and forever. They need us. George Zimmerman amassed nearly $500,000 for his legal defense fund and the The Trayvon Martin Foundation raised just $150,000. We should not be out-organized by the proponents of unfettered guns. If you believe like I do, that we must stem the tide of gun violence and protect the families of victims, please donate today. Every dollar raised will symbolize that we are united in our efforts to create meaningful change.
Join Team IMPACT in petitioning state legislators to review, repeal, and replace “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide!
“On Saturday, July 13, 2013, a six-person jury in Sanford, Florida changed the world. The murder trial against Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, garnered substantial international attention because of the facts of the case and the challenges it presented to race relations in America.
Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was immediately a point of discussion as the Sanford Police Department took more than 40 days to arrest and charge George Zimmerman with the murder of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Although George Zimmerman never asserted a Stand Your Ground defense, the policy influenced discussions on the matter (and even the jury instructions).
Stand Your Ground is not just a problem in Florida as it relates to Trayvon Martin. Also, Jordan Davis was shot to death in Duval County. And there is Marissa Alexander, who is currently serving a 20-year sentence for firing a warning shot to prevent yet another domestic violence incident with her husband.
As a result of Stand Your Ground in Florida, according to a Tampa Bay Times article, people who killed an African American walked free 73 percent of the time, while those who killed a Caucasian walked 59 percent of the time.
Immediately following the verdict announcement the NAACP launched a petition requesting that the Department of Justice file Civil Rights Charges against George Zimmerman. The petition has reached over 1 Million signatures. It is not too late to sign: http://www.naacp.org/page/s/doj-civil-rights-petition
“Attorney General Eric Holder,
The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.
The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.
Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.”
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