In Memory of Trayvon Martin

Justice 4 TrayvonWho would think we’d be having to say these words; an anniversary of a teenager, who was starked and shot like an animal by racist vigilante, George Zimmerman.

But here we are one year later bearing witness to a justice system full of holes, (PUN intended) one that continues to hunt down black boys and men and attempt to try them by a different set of rules and laws.

We honor the life of Trayvon Martin and his family.  It’s been heart-rending and amazing to watch Trayvon’s mom Sybrina grieve and fight for justice with a passion and grace in the murder of her son.

…..Trayvon, 3ChicsPolitico will ALWAYS remember you and will continue to fight for justice. We stand in solidarity with the Martins as they seek justice for you.

There is still work to do. What will you do? Call your Congressman, write a letter, blog, tweet, email, fax, or sign a petition. Lets get busy!

Hoodies Up!

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  2. An Open Letter to Beth Kassab, Orlando Sentinel Reporter

    http://dothprotesttoomuch.com/2013/02/27/an-open-letter-to-beth-kassab-orlando-sentinel-reporter/comment-page-1/#comment-5341

    On 2/24/2013, Beth Kassab, Orlando Sentinel reporter, published a story “What we know one year after Trayvon Martin shooting.”

    Ms. Kassab,

    Re: What we know one year after Trayvon Martin shooting

    In short, “we” know a hell of a lot more than you seem to as reflected in your piece.

    These “the truth is somewhere in the middle” pieces are so devoid of thoughtfulness and actual understanding of the facts that have been released in the wake of the tragedy, all I can say is that your piece was LAZY and intellectually incurious.

    What we now know about you as a writer….

    1) You don’t know the difference between race and ethnicity.

    Zimmerman IS white, being ½ Hispanic doesn’t change that, & even if it did, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be racist against blacks.

    2) You’re ignorant about how racism manifests itself

    Serino asking “You got any problems with black people?” does not mean the SPD adequately considered racial motivation.

    3) This case DOES fit many of the molds of a racially motivated crime. Unfortunately someone like Zimmerman is not unique and neither is the victimology of Trayvon.

    Zimmerman’s behavior was SOOoo prosaic anyone should’ve been able to see this coming. The truth is, someone devoid of racist thoughts, wouldn’t have seen Trayvon as being suspicious. Not to the degree where they’d feel justified calling the police and stalking and pursuing another human being in the menacing manner and to the degree Zimmerman did Trayvon. It was Zimmerman’s surety of Trayvon’s “type” that gave him the hubris to behave so aggressively It doesn’t take a social genius to see what was at play there. And writers like you have a duty not to be so obtuse about it.

    Facts released have shown that Zimmerman has had issues with racism in his past. It may be difficult to prove racism that reaches a level of being prosecutable, but that does not mean that his racism is no longer self-evident when examining what led to the tragedy on 2/26/2012

    There is more. Click the link above. A must read.

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  3. NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!

    http://dothprotesttoomuch.com/2013/02/27/no-soup-for-you/#comments

    The United States of America on behalf of the FBI has filed an OBJECTION order issued by Judge Nelson in regards to Mark O’Mara and his client trying to obtain Specific Discovery.

    In other words, NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!! says the FBI.

    If you don’t understand the reference above, its from an episode from Seinfeld.

    The ineptitude of Mark O’Mara is truly amazing. The words fail me as to describe the shenanigans he is trying to perform. On February 5th 2013 Judge Nelson granted the motion for demand for Specific Discovery from the FBI/DOJ.

    http://tinyurl.com/bqkkva5

    The FBI filed their response on February 25th 2013 to the order issued by Judge Nelson. In their response they’ve noted, information was requested in October of 2012. O’mara failed to serve the appropriate party, the FBI. I would think that would be Law 101, serve the appropriate person, but hey I am not a lawyer.

    The FBI told the defense they are bound by the federal regulations and therefore will not produce documents until Defense council has met Federal Regulations and gets authorization from the Department of Justice. In other words, fill out and file some paperwork. I would think that would be Law 101, file some paperwork, but hey I am not a lawyer. Just to show how fair the FBI is, they have contacted the Duhfense to assist in obtaining the proper paperwork to expedite the process.

    There is more…Please click on the link posted above.

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  4. Kindheart wrote this beautiful but sad poem

    Twitter

    There is a thread marking the 1 year Anniversary of Trayvon’s Shooting, and a look back over the year.

    I made this post:

    This was no Shooting, this was Murder! We have several different stories from Zimmerman claiming what happened that night, non of which add up, and even a lame offering from him on the Hannity show, that is was “Gods Plan?”

    I came to my own conclusions, after seeing first hand, his lack of injuries, where Trayvon’s body was found laying, phone records, interviews. and Zimmerman’s own twisted stories and anger projection while on the phone with NEN.

    IMO…….this is what happened:

    My tears still flow, I wonder why,
    it had to be, that I should die?
    He followed me, I ran away,
    What did I do? What did I say?

    Who was this man, where did he go,
    I turned around, then I would know!
    He stood there, looked me in the eyes,
    his anger raged, to my demise.

    I asked him “what his problem was?’
    he didn’t like me, “Just Because!”
    My hood was up, my skin was brown,
    next thing I knew, I’m on the ground.

    I cried, I screamed, he pulled a gun,
    I knew right then, my time was done.
    I begged him stop, please let me live,
    but that’s one wish he did not give.

    I heard the blast, I felt the pain,
    and as I died, I felt the rain.
    What did I do? What did I say?
    Oh Zimmerman….You’re going to pay!

    RIP Trayvon on the 1 Year Anniversary of your MURDER!

    And on day 366…….we are 1 day closer to Justice.

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  5. FBI to George Zimmerman: We don’t have to give you our file

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-fbi-objection-20130227,0,329769.story

    Lawyers for the FBI say the federal agency should not give George Zimmerman’s lawyers all the evidence from its case file, even though a Sanford judge has ordered it.

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed paperwork Monday, arguing that federal regulations trump a state court judge’s ruling. It’s asking that judge, Debra S. Nelson, to undo her Feb. 5 order.

    “This court has ‘no power or authority’ … to compel the FBI to produce the documents at issue here,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Flynn.
    __________________

    SNAP!

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  6. A year after killing, Trayvon Martin’s father says parents will ‘never move on’

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/26/17103321-a-year-after-killing-trayvon-martins-father-says-parents-will-never-move-on?lite

    The father of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot to death in Florida last year, said Tuesday that the family will “never move on” and will fight to make sure his memory “won’t be tainted by this whole situation.”

    On the anniversary of his son’s killing, Tracy Martin also said that lawmakers across the country must take a hard look at gun laws and who should get gun permits. He cited not just his son’s death but the elementary-school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

    “Why would you need a semiautomatic weapon to be hunting? That’s senseless,” Tracy Martin said on MSNBC.

    George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death. Zimmerman, who is of white and Hispanic descent, has pleaded not guilty and says he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him.

    The case ignited a debate over race and gun rights in the weeks after the shooting. It became a rallying point for activists protesting what they said was the targeting of an unarmed black youth because of his race.

    Zimmerman’s trial is scheduled to begin June 10.

    Martin’s parents were holding a candlelight vigil in New York on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of his death as part of what they call a “Million Hoodie March.” Martin was wearing a hoodie the night he was killed.

    The vigil started 6 p.m. in Union Square in Manhattan. An online flier for the event organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation said there would be a moment of silence for Martin and “and all victims of senseless gun violence.” Other remembrances are planned across the country.

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  7. Trayvon – Jasiri X

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  9. blushedbrown says:

    @JOSH

    Happy Birthday!!! Rock it today, have fun with Mom, and enjoy life to the fullest.

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  10. March 22, 2012

    Massive Crowd At Rally For Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL)

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  11. After Trayvon: Acts of Kindness, Courage and Resistance

    After Trayvon

    http://tiny.cc/y4j4sw

    It’s been 365 days since George Zimmerman, the self-appointed sentry of his Sanford, Fla., gated community, tailed and then fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old carrying little more than a cell phone, a bottle of iced tea and a pack of Skittles.

    The white 28-year-old of Peruvian descent had a long history of calling 911 to report the mundane (elementary schoolers playing in the street) and the racially charged (black males he suspected of burglary based on their appearance). And shortly before he confronted, fought with, and shot Trayvon to death, Zimmerman ignored a police dispatcher’s advice to stop following the teen in the gray hoodie. Yet Sanford police didn’t charge him with a crime, citing Florida’s 2005 “stand your ground” law.

    In the immediate aftermath of their youngest son’s death, Trayvon’s dad, Tracy, and his mom, Sybrina Fulton, demanded that Sanford police arrest Zimmerman. The divorced couple went on to hold press conferences, do national interviews, attend rallies, and push petitions for state and federal intervention. Local authorities finally charged Zimmerman with second degree murder on April 11.

    Without the support of loved ones, co-workers and strangers, it’s unlikely that Trayvon’s parents would have had the time and resources to draw national attention to their son’s case, so-called stand your ground laws and racial profiling in general. Here, a dozen ways folks from all over the country came together to support Trayvon’s family:

    Sybrina’s colleagues gave her $40,825 worth of their vacation time. Nearly 200 Miami-Dade County employees contributed their vacation days so that Sybrina, a 23-year veteran of the housing authority, could take eight months of paid leave to mourn and campaign for justice. Another 70 people donated off-days to Knight Evans, Trayvon’s aunt.

    The public helped Tracy and Sybrina secure seasoned legal counsel. Through small donations to online fundraising sites such as WePay.com, the family raised about $100,000 and hired Tallahassee-based civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump. Crump has served as a public spokesman and strategist throughout the case.

    Trayvon’s schoolmates organized walkouts; others did the same. Students at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School staged a number of walkouts, eventually inspiring neighboring Miami-Dade and Broward County school kids to demonstrate on the one-month anniversary of Trayvon’s death.

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  12. Hoodie Vigil forTrayvon Martin

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/trayvon-martins-parents-hold-hoodie-vigil-anniversary-death/story?id=18597254

    The parents of Trayvon Martin are asking people to mark the one year anniversary of the teenager’s death in a controversial case by wearing hoodies during a candlelight vigil tonight.

    Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the teenager’s parents, and their lawyers will be hosting a Million Hoodies Candlelight Vigil in New York’s Union Square.

    They are asking supporters to join them “for a moment of silence in honor of Trayvon Martin and all victims of senseless gun violence.”

    Communities around the country are expected to host similar events tonight.

    *********************

    Hoodies Up!

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  13. Parents mark anniversary of Trayvon Martin death at New York City vigil

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/26/us-usa-florida-shooting-idUSBRE91P03D20130226

    (Reuters) – One year after the fatal Florida shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin sparked national debate about gun laws and racial profiling, his parents prepared for a solemn vigil in Manhattan on Tuesday as they continue to crusade for stricter gun laws.

    Meanwhile, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin during an altercation, remained out of sight, preparing for the possibility of a high-profile murder trial scheduled for June in Florida.

    Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and their attorney, Benjamin Crump, said his death last February 26 in the Orlando suburb of Sanford has altered the debate about Stand Your Ground gun laws.

    Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, passed in 2005, allows people to use lethal force in self-defense if they are in fear of serious bodily harm. More than 20 states have since passed similar laws.

    “This is the first time in about five years that there has been no new Stand Your Ground laws enacted in any other states in America,” Crump told CNN Tuesday.

    “So I say that is a plus for the advocacy for Trayvon Martin,” Crump said. “This time last year nobody knew about this little-known law called Stand Your Ground but now everybody knows about it.”

    Crump called it “asinine that you can … shoot and kill an unarmed kid and say Stand Your Ground, and go home and sleep in your bed at night.”

    Police cited that law in initially refusing to arrest Zimmerman, which sparked celebrity protests and popular demonstrations across the country, turning the case into international story.

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  14. Poem For Trayvon Martin: In His Words Through Me

    http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Am-Very-Disturbed-By-The-Death-Of-Trayvon-Martin/2161860

    When I woke up I didn’t know that February 26, 2012 would be MY last day.
    I didn’t know that night would be the last night of MY life, MY last breath to take.
    Who is this man that stalked ME and followed ME, a stranger in MY face?
    How could this man play GOD with MY life and decide MY fate?
    I never saw him before, I was just coming from the store.
    I just wanted some skittles and tea, and I was wearing MY wearing hoodie. That made ME suspicious?…
    Were MY actions dubious? What happened to ME TRAYVON MARTIN? HIS word against MINE…But who can hear ME?
    As I stand up and look down at MY body, and see ME, SHOT IN THE CHEST: I realize I cannot speak and I cannot scream.
    I can only look at WHAT USED TO BE…ME. HE took MY existence, HE TOOK BREATH FROM ME, HE TOOK THE LIFE, THE SOUL OUT OF MY BODY.
    WHO will speak for ME and tell MY STORY? PLEASE DON’T LET THEM SHAME ME. HOW MUCH MORE CAN THEY KILL ME?
    I’M ALREADY GONE. WHO will speak for ME and tell MY STORY?
    STEREOTYPES OF A BLACK MALE MISUNDERSTOOD, IS IT STILL ALL GOOD? AND IF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW, NOW THEY KNOW…
    RACISM STILL EXISTS EVEN IF WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT!

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    • 3Chics will speak and tell your story.

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    • blushedbrown says:

      @SG2

      Righteous poem. Thank you for sharing.
      I really do need to get out more.

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      • If you run across any poems, photos, or videos about Trayvon please feel free to share.

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      • blushedbrown says:

        @SG

        Will do!!! :smile:

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      • blushedbrown says:

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      • blushedbrown says:

        Reposted from a fellow Blogger

        A friend who lost her young adult son shared this poem with me, which another friend had sent her.

        GOD’S LENT CHILD

        “I’ll lend you for a little while a child of mine,” God said,
        “For you to love the while he lives, and mourn for when he’s dead.
        It may be six or seven years, or forty-two or three;
        But will you, till I call him back, Take care of him for me?

        “He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
        You’ll have his lovely memories as a solace for your grief.
        I cannot promise he will stay, since all from Earth return;
        But there are lessons taught below that I want my children to learn.

        “I’ve looked the whole world over, in my search for teachers true;
        And from the things that crowd life’s lane, I have chosen you.
        Now will you give him all your love? Nor think the labor vain?
        Nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again? ”

        I fancied that I heard them say, “Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
        For all the joys Thy child will bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
        We will shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may,
        And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay;
        But should Thy angels call for him much sooner than we’d planned,
        We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”

        ~Author Unknown~

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      • blushedbrown says:

        Reposted from fellow Blogger

        Hectic day…But what a Day
        Kids were here Had a cheer
        Thoughtful bunch that’s for sure
        Trayvon’s friends forever more
        Never met him matters not
        Could have Should have Would have
        Been there had your back
        Come on around you’re up at bat
        Rounding third and heading home
        Eternal home we miss ya Slim
        Take care from up above
        Help Mom help Dad Help brother too
        They know that help it comes from you
        You are at rest, we’re selfish though
        We’d love ya back be on my team
        One day in time we’ll both steal home
        Together Slim All in good time

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      • Morning Blushedbrown!

        Thank you so much for sharing. It’s beautiful and sad too.

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      • blushedbrown says:

        @SG2

        Good Morning!

        Yes it is.
        I am thinking today with renewed energy and focus today. We have to keep fighting!! We’ve just past the first year anniversary without the killer not in jail, let it not be two!!
        Justice for Trayvon Martin!
        Hoodies Up!

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    • Ametia says:

      We will SPEAK for you, Dear Trayvon. We will speak for you.

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  15. blushedbrown says:

    See you at the crossroads, Trayvon.

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  16. Solidarity

    Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sybrina Fulton: “My Baby”

    http://thepoliticalfreakshow.us/post/44003738489/trayvon-martins-mother-sybrina-fulton-my-baby

    “From that day until now, I’m still in disbelief. I just feel like he’s away. He’s away. I mean, in actuality, I know that he’s not coming back.” Sybrina Fulton told me over a seafood lunch in Maryland on Friday. “I’ve had people to die, pass away in my family. But the level that I’ve gone through with this is just, it just surpasses everything that I’ve been through. Not only because it was a sudden death. It was a minor. It was a teenager. It was a, you know, it was my baby.”

    Her baby was Trayvon Martin.

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  17. We remember, Trayvon!

    Now Is The Time for Justice for Trayvon Martin!
    Now Is The Time…that we have to declare that there is a new sheriff in town

    There is a new sheriff in town and that sheriff’s name is

    Justice!

    Justice!

    Justice!

    Justice!

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  18. blushedbrown says:

    Excellent post.
    We will get Justice for Trayvon!
    Hoodies Up!!

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  19. rikyrah says:

    It STILL hurts.

    You will not be forgotten Trayvon.

    May we continue to lift up your family in our prayers.

    There WILL be justice in this case.

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  21. Xena says:

    Precious. Sybrina and Tracy have such dignity. There shall be justice for Trayvon.

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