Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $81,407
92%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $6.6k to go!! Let's git 'er done. Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: trayvon

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • George Zimmerman verdict: The jury speaks

    07/21/2017 8:35:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 20, 2017 | Hal Boedeker
    Three jurors from the George Zimmerman trial are going on national television to defend their controversial verdict — one that sparked protests across the country — and legal analysts say they could perform a public service. “People don’t understand you have to follow the law,” juror Madelin Rivera said in an interview. “They give directions to the jury, and you follow that.” Rivera (known as juror B-29 during the trial), Amy Tronolone (D-40) and Christine Barry (B-51) appear in “The Jury Speaks: George Zimmerman” at 9 p.m. Monday on Oxygen. The series also talks to jurors in the trials of...
  • Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Mulling Run for Office

    06/14/2017 8:52:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Afro ^ | Lenore T. Adkins Special to the AFRO
    Months after campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Trayvon Martin’s mother is considering running for office herself, Miami news sources reported. “The only thing I can do is try,” Sybrina Fulton told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG. “And, I am not afraid to try.” Fulton spent part of 2016 campaigning for Clinton. In an op-ed she penned for CNN, Fulton explained she endorsed the former first lady because Clinton emphasized the Black Lives Matter movement and backed gun control efforts. George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watchman, killed Martin, Fulton’s 17-year-old son, five years ago in Sanford, Fla. A Florida jury later acquitted Zimmerman,...
  • Florida Expands Legal Protections for Those Who Fire a Gun in Self-Defense

    06/13/2017 12:57:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 12 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 06/13/2017 | Stephen Gutowski
    NRA says law 'restores the right of the presumption of innocence and the right of self-defense'! On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed into law new legal protections for individuals who defend themselves with firearms. Senate Bill 128 shifts the burden of proof requirement from the accused to state prosecutors during certain legal proceedings when someone claims he fired a gun in self-defense. The law, which goes into effect immediately, requires that state prosecutors present evidence to overcome a defendant's claim that they employed a justifiable use of force. If the prosecutors can't show "clear and convincing evidence" that...
  • Missy Elliot's sample of Rachel Jeantel was a nod to Trayvon Martin

    05/24/2017 10:09:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Mic ^ | May 18, 2017 | Jamilah King, senior staff writer
    Missy Elliot gave a subtle nod to Trayvon Martin with a sample in 2015's "WTF (Where They From)."(VIDEO-AT-LINK) The fact that was recently unearthed in a stunning profile for Elle by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones pointed out the excerpt from the profile out on Twitter on Thursday. The sample was the voice of Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin's teenage friend who was also the last person to speak to him just moments before he was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was later acquitted of criminal charges related to Martin's death, but it...
  • Trayvon Martin receives posthumous Aeronautical Science Degree

    05/14/2017 9:15:44 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 92 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/14/2017 | WSVN
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A South Florida university awarded an honorary degree to Trayvon Martin, Saturday. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, took the stage at Florida Memorial University’s commencement in Miami Gardens to receive a posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science on their son’s behalf. Fulton and Martin said the ceremony was bittersweet, and now they’re passing on an inspirational message to Trayvon’s fellow graduates.
  • Trayvon Martin receives posthumous aeronautical science degree

    05/14/2017 5:57:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 75 replies
    Fox news ^ | May 14, 2017
    A South Florida university awarded an honorary degree to Trayvon Martin, Saturday. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, took the stage at Florida Memorial University’s commencement in Miami Gardens to receive a posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science on their son’s behalf. Fulton and Martin said the ceremony was bittersweet, and now they’re passing on an inspirational message to Trayvon’s fellow graduates. “To the graduates, I tell you, there is no limit to what you can do,” said Fulton. “Just stay focused and put your mind to it, and you can do it.”
  • Florida Memorial to Award Posthumous Degree to Trayvon Martin

    05/03/2017 7:43:32 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 95 replies
    Five years after his death sparked international dialog about racism, social justice and community policing, Trayvon Martin will be honored for the industrial ambitions he held as a teenager growing up in Sanford, FL. Florida Memorial University will posthumously award a bachelor’s of aeronautical science to Martin, to be received by his parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin during the school’s annual spring commencement ceremony on May 13. Officials say the degree honors Martin’s life-long dream of becoming a pilot, and continues to highlight the family’s commitment to social justice. Martin’s parents, both social justice activists and co-founders of The...
  • THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN brings a great cast to Subversive’s mission

    05/01/2017 1:46:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Buffalo Rising ^ | April 15, 2017 | Peter Hall, NY Public Radio
    THE BASICS: THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN, a new drama by Buffalo’s Gary Earl Ross, directed by Subversive Theatre founder Kurt Schneiderman, stars Shawnell Tillery for the defense, Brian Brown as defendant Trayvon Martin, Rick Lattimer as George Zimmerman, Kunji Rey for the prosecution, along with Lawrence Rowswell, Leon Copeland, Brittany Bassett, Kajana Stover, and Michael Mottern. It runs through Saturday, May 6th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor. Run time: over 90 minutes with one 10-minute intermission. (408-0499). www.subversivetheatre.org THUMBNAIL SKETCH: THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN...
  • New play flips tragedy of Trayvon Martin on its head

    04/04/2017 9:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | April 4, 2017 | Colin Dabkowski
    In his new play "The Trial of Trayvon Martin," set to open April 6 in the Manny Fried Playhouse, Buffalo playwright Gary Earl Ross poses a simple question with a damning answer: What would have happened on Feb. 26, 2012 if the roles of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, whose deadly confrontation that evening helped to fuel a new movement for racial justice in America, had been switched? "Would Martin have been released because there was nothing to contradict his story?" Ross asked. "Or would he have been held until they found something to contradict his story?" Given what we...
  • Benjamin Crump: TV's Rising Fake News Star

    03/29/2017 4:20:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    He's the new Al Sharpton on steroids -- and he's coming to a TV near you. Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin' lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the "Hands up, don't shoot" lie. Never mind that even the left-wing Obama Justice Department concluded that the 22 witnesses who manufactured the Black Lives Matter-promoted narrative were unreliable, inconsistent, self-contradictory, unsupported by a shred of forensic evidence, or outright lying. In Crump World, anti-police ideology trumps facts. Social justice trumps actual justice. And lying about crime pays. Big time. Crump is going Hollywood. Next week, the...
  • Trayvon Martin film, docuseries in the works from Jay Z, Weinstein Co.

    03/24/2017 1:59:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | March 23, 2017 | Oliver Gettell
    Jay Z and the Weinstein Co. are partnering to tell Trayvon Martin’s story on the big and small screens. EW has confirmed that the rap mogul and the studio have secured the rights to two books about Martin, the unarmed black Florida teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012, igniting a national debate about racial profiling and civil rights. The plan is to develop a narrative film and a six-part docuseries about Martin based on the books Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, by...
  • OneUnited Bank and #BlackLivesMatter launch the ‘Amir’ Card

    02/09/2017 1:10:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Michigan Chronicle ^ | February 9, 2017 | Roz Edward, Managing Editor
    A historic partnership has been born between OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in the country, and #BlackLivesMatter to organize the $1.2 trillion in spending power of Black America and launch the “Amir” card during Black History Month. Both OneUnited Bank and #BlackLivesMatter are strong advocates for the empowerment of Black people, and have taken special care to communicate this focus through their messaging and their work. #BlackLivesMatter was sparked by the acquittal of the killer of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin and founded in 2013 as a rallying cry to decree that while every human life matters, it is...
  • Saturday: The Opening of the Museum of Trayvon Martin: A Meeting before Labor (Read admission rule)

    02/08/2017 3:26:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The City Paper ^ | February 8, 2017 | Rebekah Kirkman
    Feb. 11 When I spoke to artist Malcolm Peacock last year in advance of his experiential/participatory artwork "Let the Sun Set on You," he reflected on the many ways in which the deaths of Black people affect history and spark movements, memorials, solidarity. Reflecting on his research for that piece, he said: "It was interesting how history affects death, and how death affects history, depending on who dies, depending on what dies, what will determine how it's spoken about." In this new work, Peacock continues to grapple with death and violence, this time looking at Trayvon Martin, whose death (and...
  • 'We have nothing to lose but our chains,' #BlackLivesMatter organizer speaks in Iowa City

    02/07/2017 2:50:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | February 6, 2017 | Vanessa Miller
    IOWA CITY — Her lip quivering, Patrisse Cullors’ heart sank. It was 2013, and she was in a motel room on a website, waiting for the news of George Zimmerman’s verdict. Guilty, or not guilty, in the killing of Trayvon Martin — a black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer while on his way home from buying candy at a convenience store. “Not guilty, and they say not guilty, and they continue to say not guilty until they say, ‘not guilty of all charges,’” Cullors, 32, of Los Angeles, recalled for a packed audience of hundreds...
  • People Are Honoring Trayvon Martin's Birthday On Social Media

    02/05/2017 8:53:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Teen Vogue ^ | February 5, 2017 | De Elizabeth
    Almost five years ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a "neighborhood watch" member as he walked home from a convenience store where he had purchased a juice drink and a package of Skittles. George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon, believed him to be "possibly dangerous" because of his race and the fact that he was wearing a hoodie. Trayvon's murder – and Zimmerman's eventual acquittal – incited nation-wide outrage and was part of launching the powerful Black Lives Matter movement. To this day, Trayvon's name serves as a reminder of the progress that is necessary in...
  • Mothers of the Movement share what they'd rather be doing with their loved ones (Trayvon biography?)

    01/31/2017 11:07:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mic ^ | January 31, 2017 | Jamilah King
    What do you call a mother whose child has been brutally and irrevocably snatched away from her? Usually, we call her an "advocate." And that's what Sybrina Fulton describes in her new book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, a biography of her slain son, which was released on Tuesday. An "advocate" is the modern characterization you can give a woman like Mamie Till, who in 1955 insisted that her 14-year-old son, Emmett, be buried in an open casket. Emmett had been lynched by two white men in Mississippi and, as the world had clocked to the...
  • Trayvon Martin's parents, five years after his shooting, weigh political bids

    01/29/2017 12:49:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    USA Today | January 29, 2017 | Susan Page
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/29/trayvon-martins-parents-five-years-after-his-shooting-weigh-political-bids-trump-race-justice/97185846/
  • Study: Stand Your Ground led to increase in homicide cases

    01/06/2017 4:23:20 AM PST · by rarestia · 73 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, January 06, 2017, 12:04 AM EST | Cheryn Stone
    New medical findings link Florida's Stand Your Ground law to a significant increase in gun deaths. JAMA Study: 24.4% increase in homicide associated with Stand Your Ground Study authors say findings should be used to make informed decisions A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states implementing Stand Your Ground in Florida is associated with a 24.4 percent increase in homicide and a 31.6 percent increase in firearm-related homicide in the state. "So the implication of these findings is that almost immediately after Stand Your Ground was enacted, rates of homicide and firearm homicide have gone...
  • Barack Obama, Trayvon Martin, and the Presidency

    12/22/2016 5:50:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Vogue ^ | December 22, 2016 | Monica Potts
    On March 23, 2012, President Barack Obama gave a press conference in the Rose Garden. A little less than a month before, George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchman, had shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin after a violent encounter prosecutors said was instigated by Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Local police had released Zimmerman after five hours of questioning, saying there was not enough evidence to refute his claim of self-defense. It was an obviously incomplete investigation, and the Martin family was demanding justice. In the weeks that had passed, journalists, especially Trymaine Lee then at The Huffington Post and Ta-Nehisi Coates at...
  • Mothers Of The Movement Team Up With Hillary Clinton Campaign In North Carolina

    10/24/2016 7:39:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vibe ^ | October 24, 2016 | J'na Jefferson
    The ‘Mothers of the Movement,’ women dedicated to social justice in the wake of police brutality, were on hand to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in her quest for the Presidency over the weekend in North Carolina. Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Lucia McBath (mother of Jordan Davis), Maria Hamilton (mother of Dontré Hamilton) and Geneva Reed-Veal (mother of Sandra Bland) voiced their support for Mrs. Clinton at Union Baptist Church in Durham. According to NBC News, Clinton said that the women, whose children were killed by police brutality or gun violence, were...