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Marches on Washington

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This weekend, a national celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is being held in Washington, DC on Saturday August 24th. Also this weekend, there is a feeder march of activists who are organizing against racial profiling, police terror, and mass incarceration.

The feeder march in support of the national celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is made up of many long-standing community activists recently brought together by the nationwide protests of the Zimmerman verdict and the recent findings of the Washington Lawyers Committee study on racist arrest patterns in DC. The feeder rally is being organized to draw attention to racial profiling in DC. All persons who are engaged in similar struggles against the police terror and mass incarceration are encouraged to join in the march. People are assembling at Farragut Square (17th & I St. NW — near Farragut West and Farragut North Metro stops) at 9 AM and then at 10:30 AM march down 17th St. to join the national commemoration at the Lincoln Memorial.

For the feeder march, the confirmed speakers and participating groups include: Etan Thomas (former Washington Wizard), Shujaa Graham (exonerated death row prisoner), Yusef Salaam (Central Park Five), Stuart Anderson (Friends and Families of Incarcerated People), Jonathan Stith (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement), Seema Sadanandan (DC ACLU), Jazz Hayden (Campaign to End the New Jim Crow), Jamal Muhammad, We Act Radio, Collective Power DC, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Jobs Not Jails, PG People’s Coalition, ISO, and many others. Come support the struggle for justice and human dignity.

Source(s): The Campaign to End the Death Penalty

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Zimmerman Arrest

It was recently reported that George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged in the murder of 17 year old, Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, 28, pulled the trigger on the unarmed Martin as he walked home from a convenience store. The police officers engaged in the original  investigation of the death of Trayvon Martin assert that Zimmerman was not charged because of a Florida law, Stand Your Ground, that makes it difficult to arrest and prosecute homicide suspects who claim self-defense.

Given the facts of this case, the police’s conduct has caused some to question whether or not there is equal protection under the law for African-American’s in the state of Florida. There have been similar cases in the state of Florida where the victim of a violent crime was African-American and the perpetrator was white and there were little or no sanctions imposed by the “justice system” for the commission of a serious crime.

The story of Trayvon Martin’s senseless shooting death and the police response has garnered both national and international attention and has resulted in protests across the country. Martin’s death February 26, 2012 at the hands of a volunteer Neighborhood Watch leader, George Zimmerman, in a small, gated Florida community has rippled through many corners of the nation’s justice and political system and raised questions about the relationship between the black community and police in small towns.

Zimmerman’s arrest is welcome news for the countless number of people who marched and rallied for justice for Trayvon. Although the prosecutor in this case would disagree, everyone who has worked to fight for justice for Trayvon were a part of making Zimmerman’s arrest happen.

As we move into this new phase in the Trayvon case, many are going to want to use this to dampen down the level of protest that was ignited. We know however, that this is not an isolated incident.  Advocates for justice have to continue to take on systemic racism, which is what put the idea in Zimmerman’s head that Trayvon –  in a hoodie – was suspicious and a “criminal”.

Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, and countless other victims of police violence and those who become entangled in the justice system – all expose how broken that the criminal justice system is in the United States.  We, as a nation, have begun to witness the beginnings of a modern day civil rights movement that author Michelle Alexander[i] argues is the one thing that can truly push back against the new Jim Crow that is our criminal “injustice” system.[ii]  The need for such a movement is great and the power that collective action can have is shown by the arrest of George Zimmerman.

Source: Council to End Death Penalty. Wikipedia. Ohio University. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/tagblogsfindlawcom2012-blotter-idUS371331303320120412

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[i] Professor Alexander joined the OSU faculty in 2005. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as Director of the Civil Rights Clinic.

Professor Alexander has significant experience in the field of civil rights advocacy and litigation. She has litigated civil rights cases in private practice as well as engaged in innovative litigation and advocacy efforts in the non-profit sector. For several years, Professor Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action suits alleging race and gender discrimination.

Professor Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court, and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

[ii] Council to End Death Penalty

In Memory of Trayvon Martin

The story of Trayvon Martin’s senseless shooting death and the police response has garnered both national and international attention and has resulted in protests across the country. Martin’s death February 26, 2012 at the hands of a volunteer Neighborhood Watch leader, George Zimmerman, in a small, gated Florida community has rippled through many corners of the nation’s justice and political system and raised questions about the relationship between the black community and police in small towns.

Zimmerman, 28, pulled the trigger on the unarmed Martin as he walked home from a convenience store. The police officers engaged in the investigation of the death of Trayvon Martin assert that Zimmerman was not charged because of a Florida law, Stand Your Ground, that makes it difficult to arrest and prosecute homicide suspects who claim self-defense.

Given the facts of this case, the police department’s conduct has caused some to question whether or not there is equal protection under the law for African-American’s in the state of Florida. There have been similar cases in the state of Florida where the victim of a violent crime was African-American and the perpetrator was white and there were little or no sanctions imposed by the “justice system” for the commission of a serious crime.

Trayvon’s story has inspired millions to call for justice and an end to racial violence. It also moved writer/activist Kevin Powell, Akila Worksongs, Jasiri X and the folks at MoveOn and ColorOfChange to record a new powerful video “A Song for Trayvon.”

Please watch the YouTube video and share it with your family and friends to inspire more people to join this growing movement: http://moveon.org/SongForTrayvon?id=38007-18765278-XWgISwx&t=2.

Hopefully, you have been inspired to take action to obtain justice for Trayvon Martin. If so, here’s what you can do to obtain justice for Trayvon Martin:

1. Sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

2. Plan or attend a solidarity rally in your city. There are actions springing up all over the country as people continue to voice outrage over the murder of Trayvon. You can find a list of actions here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/justice-for-trayvon-martin/updated-upcoming-events-across-the-us-3212012/350015705040795.

3. Pass around articles about Trayvon and the petition on social networking sites and e-mail lists.

4. “Like” the Justice for Trayvon Martin Facebook page to stay updated about this case.

Source(s): www.change.org. www.cedp.org. www.nytimes.org. What Happened to Trayvon Martin, Explained, Politico Mojo, David Corn, Kevin Drums, and The News Team, March 23, 2012. President Obama Addresses Trayvon Martin Shooting, Amy Powell, March 22, 2012. The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and The Today Show. Trayvon Martin: Zimmerman was not following Neighborhood Watch ‘rules,’” Chicago Tribune, March 24, 2012, http://www.moveon.org/r?r=273396&id=38007-18765278-XWgISwx&t=6 .  “Calls for justice rage on a month after Trayvon Martin’s killing,” CNN, March 26, 2012, http://www.moveon.org/r?r=273406&id=38007-18765278-XWgISwx&t=7. ”Obama: Shooting death of Trayvon Martin a ‘tragedy,’” Newsday, March 23, 2012, http://www.moveon.org/r?r=273398&id=38007-18765278-XWgISwx&t=8 . ”Obama: Shooting death of Trayvon Martin a ‘tragedy,’” Newsday, March 23, 2012, http://www.moveon.org/r?r=273398&id=38007-18765278-XWgISwx&t=9. ”Trayvon Martin’s Family Calls For Arrest Of Man Who Police Say Confessed To Shooting (UPDATE),” The Huffington Post, March 8, 2012, http://www.moveon.org/r?r=273399&id=38007-18765278-XWgISwx&t=10.

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