39 posts tagged trayvon martin
Trayvon Martin should have turned 18
today. (February 5th, 2013. Thanks to peanuuutmilk for correction.)
Eradicate white supremacy now. Justice for Trayvon. RIP
Stop and Frisk, New York Style…
This mural, painted on a wall in East New York, Brooklyn, depicts the NYPDs Stop and Frisk policies, in which minorities are targeted at a extremely high rate to be stop, frisked, and harassed by police at a far higher rate than caucasians. This street art is a sad yet powerful commentary on our time.
Photo Source: The New York Times
reports on the killing of 13-year-old Darius Simmons—and what it says about the grip of racist violence in the U.S.
SHOT TO death while taking in his family’s trash cans.
The circumstances surrounding the murder of 13-year-old Darius Simmons don’t appear to be in question. On May 30, the Black Milwaukee teenager became another victim of racism in the U.S.
Darius and his family had lived in their home only a month before the teenager was fatally shot by his next-door neighbor, 75-year-old John Spooner. According to reports, Darius’ mother, Patricia Larry, had moved because she wanted her son to grow up in a safer neighborhood. According to family members, Darius was a funny, loving kid who rode his bike more than seven miles to school each day.
On May 30, Darius was home sick from school when he went outside to retrieve the family’s garbage cans from in front of their house. There, he was confronted by Spooner, who apparently believed Darius had been involved in a break-in of his home earlier in the week, during which several guns were stolen. According to his mother, Darius was in school when the break-in occurred.
Spooner confronted the teen, telling him he “wanted his shotguns back,” according to Darius’ mother, who watched the argument unfold. Spooner then pulled out a handgun and shot Darius twice—even as the teen held up his arms and tried to run away. When the police arrived on the scene, Spooner allegedly admitted, “Yeah, I shot him.”
Spooner has since been charged with first-degree homicide and is being held on $300,000 bond. Just an hour before he killed Darius, Spooner ate breakfast with local Alderman Bob Donovan, where he talked about the break-in.
Donovan told WISN reporter Marianne Lyles, “I asked [Spooner], ‘Did you call the police?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ but for whatever reason, seemed a little frustrated with that investigation. I don’t know the details of it.”
Donovan added, “He did say that ‘maybe there are other ways of dealing with this’”—suggesting the shooting may have been premeditated.
Compounding the tragedy, Patricia Larry says that she was detained for questioning in a squad car for two hours after the shooting and was unable to go the hospital to be with her son as he was dying.
And during the investigation of the crime, police reportedly decided to search Darius’ home—and arrested his older brother for truancy tickets.
“Million Hoodie & Hijab” contingent on May Day in Bay Area
ROOTS (formerly Occupy the Hood), People’s Community Medics, and MXGM invite you to join the Million Hoodie & Hijab contingent on May Day as part of the Dignity and Resistance march in Fruitvale & the International May Day mobilizations for workers & im/migrants
Tuesday, May 1
Meet at 3:00pm at Fruitvale BART plaza.
After the rally, we’ll join the march to San Antonio Park and on to Downtown Oakland.
Uniting our struggles against racist profiling and oppression
In honor of: Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL), Sergio Huereca (El Paso), Shaima Alawadi (San Diego), Oscar Grant (Oakland), Ramarley Graham (Bronx), Rekia Boyd (Chicago), Danny Chen (U.S. Army), Kenneth Chamberlain (NY), Agnes Torres (Puebla) and all people attacked, detained, brutalized, and killed by racist violence.
We will wear our hoodies, our hijabs, our rebosos, in solidarity with each other for:
* An end to police brutality and vigilante murders *
* An end to splitting up and deporting our families *
* An end to the oppression of all immigrant communities *
* An end to all forms of racism, xenophobia, and homophobia *
* An end to evictions, foreclosures, and gentrification *
* An end to school closures and funneling our children into private prisons *
We call for Black, Brown, & Arab Unity against institutional racism
We want: Schools not jails. Homes not banks. People not profits. Immigrant rights. Civil Rights. HUMAN rights for all!
This is NOT about a piece of clothing…this is about America’s criminal disregard for our lives: for Black life, for Muslim life, for the lives of Im/migrants and poor people. We are not disposable. We are mothers, fathers, aunties, tios, sons, daughters, and elders — and we WILL have our human rights.
We call for an end to white supremacy and for the institution of a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice, as proposed by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and others. http://mxgm.org/trayvon-martin-is-all-of-us/
This action is for all our beautiful Oakland diasporas. For East, West, and North Oakland. For youth, for the church folks, for the artists and agitators, for teachers, for first-time marchers, for veteran freedom fighters, for aunties and uncles & everybody who loves justice…
Bring your signs! Your songs! Your chants! And most importantly…your folks!
If your group would like to endorse and/or participate in this contingent, let us know!
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—> Note: This contingent will be part of the Dignity and Resistance march, which is being organized by a wide range of immigrant rights and Decolonize/Occupy activists. While we never know how the police are going to respond, both this march and contingent are being organized to be non-violent and family-friendly. There will be many actions going on during May Day in Oakland, and we hope this will be a strong day for the diverse, powerful people of the 99%.
We also stand in solidarity with the Occupy the Justice Department actions in Washington, DC on April 24 and the National Day of Action for Trayvon Martin on April 26.
For more info on the Dignity and Resistance march: http://mayday2012.blogspot.com/
For more info on other Occupy Oakland actions on May Day: http://occupyoakland.org/
The killer of Trayvon Martin may be behind bars, but the struggle to end the killing of African Americans by police and racists must continue to grow.
… If an entire section of the population is criminalized under accepted and perfectly legal law enforcement policies, should it come as any surprise that police are prepared to shoot first and ask questions later?
The NYPD racks up more killings of unarmed Blacks and Latinos than other police forces because of its quasi-military character, its size and its quantity of armaments. But police across the U.S. follow the same pattern.
… There’s no way to predict when and how a new anti-racist movement will take shape. But the elements are in place: a criminal justice system that continues to incarcerate African Americans on a mass scale; police who act as judge, jury and executioner in the streets; and now, thousands of activists across the U.S. who decided to take a stand for Trayvon Martin.
The struggle to win racial justice has a long history, and it has never been an easy one. But the murder of Trayvon Martin may well be the spark that ignites that movement once again.
Al Sharpton: “Had there not been pressure there would not have been a second look. This is not a night for celebration. This is a night that should not have happened in the first place.”
Family attorney: “We thank you to all those people who signed the petition to do something even if you didn’t know who Trayvon Martin…to all the high school students and young people who believed completely in justice, the idea, the dream, those are the people who are here today saying they can make a difference.”
Trayvon’s father: “Thank everyone once again…this is just the beginning and we will continue to have faith. From the first march we walked by faith. We will continue to march until the right thing is done.”
Florida state attorney is expected to announce charges against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting death case at 6 p.m. EDT. Watch live on breakingnews.com.
An official tells AP Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder.
Zimmerman has turned himself in and is in police custody, CNN reports.
Baltimore, Maryland: Justice for Trayvon Martin march and rally, April 10, 2012.
Photos: Sharon Black
US Attorney General pledges thorough probe of Trayvon Martin shooting
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday promised a “thorough and independent” investigation by the Justice Department into the death of the black youth Trayvon Martin who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.
Speaking at length for the first time about the incident, which has been in the national news for weeks, the chief U.S. law enforcement official acknowledged concerns among the black community about Martin’s death.
“If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action,” Holder said in remarks to the National Action Network, which was founded by Rev. Al Sharpton, who has championed the cause of Martin, who was black.
Holder said the FBI was assisting local law enforcement officials who are weighing whether to bring charges against the shooter, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch member who is a white Hispanic.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN
TUES APRIL 10
TAKE TO THE STREETS
A Florida grand jury is scheduled on April 10 to ‘consider’ whether to arrest the vigilante who lynched by bullet our brother & son, Trayvon Martin, on Feb. 26.
New York City
For more information, call 212-633-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org:00 pm - Gather at Union Square 14th St & Broadway
BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND YOUTH ASSEMBLY
Tuesday April 10th 5:00pm
Gather at the site of the proposed Youth Jail at East Madison St. - between Graves and Forrest Streets - and march to City Hall for a Youth Speak Out
High school & college students, employed and unemployed, young mothers and fathers join the March and Speak Out. Open mic for youth! We need to hear from you! Everyone of all ages let’s March again & then listen to the youth at this important assembly for Trayvon Martin.
Rally on the East side of City Hall at 13th and Market from 4-6 pm
For more information, call 215-724-1618 or email email@example.com
Rally for Justice and Jobs! Justice for Trayvon Martin!
5:30pm US Federal Building Kennedy Plaza
6:30pm March up College Hill to Lippitte House on Hope St
Demand 50% of the Jobs…for People of Color & Providence Residents
7:00pm Hearing on$28 Million Apartment/Dorm Project
For more information, contact RI PEOPLES ASSEMBLY & RI UNEMPLOYED COUNCIL: 401-481-6672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
International Day to Demand Justice for Trayon Martin in DETROIT!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Historic King Solomon Church
6100 14th Street
Detroit, MI 48208
Visit the FaceBook Event Page
Rally and March for Trayon Martin and Bo Morrison!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 4:00pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Statue at MLK Drive and Walnut St
For more information, contact Brian Verdin 414-241-4608 or Oshi yemi Adelabu 414-324-5796
International Day of Solidarity for Trayvon Martin and Kendrec McDade (and all Profiled Victims)
April 10th 6:00pm
Steps Of Pasadena City Hall
This Is Our Time To Come Out As A United Community Against Racial Profiling, For Transparency In Government And Jobs Not Jail For The Men And Women Of Our Community.
For more information, call 626 786-5204 or email email@example.com
April 10th 6:30pm
Downtown at the old, historic Courthouse Square
For more information please call Terry Willis, President of the Homer NAACP.
keep it mounting
Please distribute widely
Special prosecutor, Angela Corey, stated on April 9 that a grand jury will not hear the case of vigilante, George Zimmerman, who lynched by bullet our brother and son, Trayvon Martin, on Feb. 26. Therefore, the investigation will continue without an arrest.
Justice delayed = Justice denied
International Day of Justice 4 Trayvon Martin
TUES ► APRIL 10
TAKE TO THE STREETS
6 p.m. ►GATHER AT UNION SQUARE
14th Street & Broadway, Manhattan in New York City
We demand the arrest of George Zimmerman and hold the police responsible for him walking the streets free.
JUSTICE for TRAYVON MARTIN
JUSTICE FOR RAMARLEY GRAHAM
& ALL VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY
STOP THE RACIST STOP & FRISK POLICY
JOBS NOT JAILS: A Massive Jobs Program for Youth,
No police & vigilante terror
STOP DEPORTATIONS of Undocumented Workers
NO MORE CUTS in Education, School Closings,
Teacher & Faculty layoffs ►End tuition hikes
STOP THE WAR AGAINST YOUTH
212-633-6646 • firstname.lastname@example.org • occupy4jobs.org
If you’re in Chicago, you need to be at this!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Over the last several weeks tens of thousands of people across the United States have taken to the streets to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. These protests have revived a desperately overdue discussion about the persistence of racism and discrimination in American society.
We will continue to demand justice in this case, but we also know this case highlights the continuing war against Black America. From police brutality and corruption to mass incarceration- from the school to prison pipeline, to disproportionately high unemployment and home foreclosures; racism is alive and well in the United States.
Join us to discuss how we can continue to build a fight against the New Jim Crow.
Co-Sponsored by Operation Rainbow PUSH,
The International Socialist Organization
& The Campaign to End the Death Penalty
A panel discussion featuring the following speakers…
Ben Crump, Trayvon Martin family attorney will call into meeting to discuss important updates on the case following the grand jury proceedings on April 10.
Simeon Wright- cousin of Emmett Till and author of Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till
Rosalind Morgan, wife of Howard Morgan who was shot 28 times by four white Chicago cops and was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for the attempted murder of those four cops.
Stephen Watts- father of Stephon Watts, 15 year old killed by Calumet City Police on February 1, 2012
Martinez Sutton- brother of Rekia Boyd, young woman killed by an off-duty Chicago police officer on March 21, 2012
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor- columnist for SocialistWorker.org
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition
There’s a petition to get her job back. I signed, please consider doing so too.
i signed too.
Teacher Fired over Trayvon Martin Fundraiser
What do you do with a teacher who provides students with authentic learning opportunities? A teacher who invests her own resources to support students? A teacher who was voted Teacher of the Year two of the last three years?
If you’re Superintendent Jacqueline Cassell at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence Middle School in Pontiac, Mich., you fire her.
When Brooke Harris contacted us last week, her first concern was not her career—it was her students. She worried that she had let them down by not fighting harder for her job. She worried that their essays on Trayvon Martin would no longer be included in the school newspaper. She worried that the superintendent in charge of their education would continue to underestimate them.
We’re worried about Brooke’s students too.
Last month Brooke Harris’ eighth-grade class asked her about the “kid who was killed over some skittles;” she seized the opportunity to bring her students’ lived experiences into the classroom—a strategy we and other experts advocate.
Brooke’s students identify with Trayvon Martin. Many of them are African American. Many have been stopped by police who thought they looked suspicious.
In fact, her students engaged so deeply with the issue that they asked to take it beyond essays and class discussions—they wanted to take action to help Trayvon’s family.
They, like many students across the nation, wanted to show their support by wearing hoodies. Each student who participated would pay $1. Proceeds would be donated to Trayvon’s family.
Again, Brooke saw a teachable moment. She and her students began the formal process of organizing a school event. Students wrote persuasive letters to the principal and superintendent. Brooke and a co-worker filed the necessary paperwork. The principal immediately signed off on the fundraiser.
Superintendent Cassell was less enthusiastic. She refused to approve the proposal, despite having supported many other “dress down” fundraisers. Brooke’s students took the disappointment in stride, but asked to present their idea to Cassell in person.
And that’s when things got weird.”