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  • Hood Pranks - Funny or Deadly?

    A pencil-necked geek harasses thugs in the ghetto who in response gets beat up. This insane individual then does it again and again and again, despite how often and severe he gets beat up.
  • First Annual Trayvon Martin Day Rallies Against Racial Profiling and Guns

    07/21/2014 2:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's California ^ | July 20, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    On Saturday, 200 people marched through the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles protesting racial profiling and gun violence on the first anniversary of the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin. The crowd, led by Trayvon Martin’s parents, carried banners and chanted, “What do we want?... Justice. What do we want?… Justice.” According to CBS2 Los Angeles, the rally was organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which states on its website that its purpose is to “create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response...
  • Ky. must change its stand-your-ground law to make it fairer (Trayvon vs. Zimmerman, again)

    07/18/2014 3:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | July 18, 2014 | State Sen. Reginald L. Thomas, (D- Lexington)
    What may have started out as an ordinary evening in February 2012, ended with a dead teen-ager and a national controversy that is still unresolved. The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent not-guilty verdict of the shooter, George Zimmerman, on July 13, 2013, prompted citizens across the nation to question the "stand-your-ground" laws. Such laws, often criticized as being "shoot first" laws, make it hard to prosecute cases against people who shoot others and then claim self-defense. Kentucky, as well as the other states with such laws, should revise them so that the one who initiates a...
  • A Year After Trayvon Martin, Who Is Leading the Race Conversation?

    07/17/2014 10:19:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tierney Sneed, arts and culture writer
    Though Obama had largely avoided talking about race, he reiterated a poignant comment soon after the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman.It’s been a year since Obama made his Trayvon Martin remarks. Who has been speaking up since?Saturday marks the year anniversary of when President Barack Obama took the White House podium, unannounced, to weigh in on the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting. His extremely personal remarks were notable, considering the president's well-documented tendency to avoid talking about race. But in the year since Obama's brief moment of candor and concern, the national discourse on race has gone back to business...
  • Hundreds to attend peace walk for Trayvon Martin

    07/17/2014 4:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Los Angeles Wave ^ | July 17, 2014 | Imani Crenshaw,
    LOS ANGELES – Nearly 500 people are expected to converge on Crenshaw High School Saturday for the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s 2014 LA Peace Walk and Peace Talk, hosted by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, organizers said this week. Local activists and civic leaders will join young people at the quarter-mile march that will honor “the right that all people should be able to walk safely on their streets,” says local organizer Vanessa Bolden. Martin, 17, was killed in February 2012 as he returned from a convenience after buying Skittles and a soft drink. George Zimmerman admitted killing Martin,...
  • Trayvon Martin friend Rachel Jeantel, who was humiliated during Zimmerman trial, turns life around

    07/14/2014 8:31:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Boroff
    One year after being outed as illiterate in the trial, Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. She hopes to get a college degree, too.She did it for Trayvon. One year after being outed as illiterate in the George Zimmerman murder trial, Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. Jeantel underwent seven hours of tutoring a day after her reading skills were ridiculed when she testified during the Florida trial last year at age 19. At the time, she had a fourth-grade reading level. "Very, very, very tough," she told...
  • There Are No Two Greater Heroes Than Trayvon Martin’s Parents! By Michael Skolnik

    07/13/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Global Grind - The World According to Hip-Hop ^ | July 13, 2014 | Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief and political director to Russell Simmons
    I remember growing up and always hearing my parents and their friends talk about one pivotal moment in their lives. They remembered exactly where they were at that point. Exactly who told them the news. Exactly how they felt once it all sunk in. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, everyone who was alive during that time remembers. One year ago, today, was our generation’s moment. It was late on a Saturday night. Some of us were out to dinner. Some of us were home with our families. Some of us were still shopping. Some of us...
  • Rachel Jeantel Blames Herself for Letting George Zimmerman Walk Free

    07/12/2014 11:01:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 12, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    It’s been just over a year since the world was introduced to Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin’s who testified on behalf of the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, but may have ended up doing more harm than good. CNN caught up with Jeantel this week, asking her if she blamed herself when Zimmerman went free. “A little bit,” she replied. Asked if she should have said something different or acted differently on the stand, she answered, “Act different.” Jeantel said the jurors in the case didn’t take her seriously as a witness, judging her for...
  • [11/11/2013] Finally Justice in the Zimmerman Case: Spike Lee Sued

    07/05/2014 6:52:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/11/2013 | Greg Pollowitz
    Via Variety: Spike Lee has been sued by an elderly couple in Florida, whose address he incorrectly identified as the home of Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman, according to court documents obtained by the Smoking Gun.
  • George Zimmerman, Media Malpractice, and NBC

    07/02/2014 7:53:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/01/2014 | Jack Cashill
    Life in modern America does not get more cruelly perverse than this: one major reason Judge Debra Nelson threw out George Zimmerman’s libel suit against NBC on Monday was because of Zimmerman’s public pursuit of racial justice. Yes, that George Zimmerman, the same “child killer” who shot black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012. In the way of background, Zimmerman had sued NBC for manipulating the substance of his famous call to a police dispatcher to make him sound like a racist. In firing two employees and apologizing publicly, NBC all but admitted its guilt. What saved...
  • Judge throws out George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC

    06/30/2014 8:55:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 06/30/2014 | By Rene Stutzman
    <p>A Sanford judge today put an end to George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal.</p> <p>Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer is entitled to no money from the media giant.</p> <p>She issued a summary judgment in the network's favor, meaning that unless an appeals court reverses her, the case is now dead.</p>
  • Judge rules against George Zimmerman in NBC lawsuit

    06/30/2014 7:15:48 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 35 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | 6/30/14 | Daniel Dahm
    Judge rules against George Zimmerman in NBC lawsuit Zimmerman claimed defamation in edited 911 call SANFORD, Fla. - A judge on Monday ruled against George Zimmerman in a defamation lawsuit he filed against NBC Universal over edited 911 calls made after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012. In the ruling, Judge Debra S. Nelson said, "There are no genuine issues of material fact upon which a reasonable jury could find that the Defendants acted with actual malice."
  • Trayvon Martin Gun Control Laws Attacking Stand Your Ground In South Carolina

    06/27/2014 1:54:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Staff
    So-called Trayvon Martin gun control laws are still being supported by family lawyer Benjamin Crump, who has been traveling the nation campaigning against the expansion of Stand Your Ground laws in various states. At the same time, Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy martin, have been active in helping with the Trayvon Martin Foundation. In a related report by The Inquisitr, a Trayvon Martin monument was created by an artist who is attempting to say that social changes have not yet advanced far enough since the Civil War. George Zimmerman’s lawsuit against NBC claims the company’s employees purposefully edited audio...
  • Sorry, NBC: You Owe George Zimmerman Millions

    06/27/2014 7:29:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/27/2014 | A.J. Delgado
    NBC should be held liable for the editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 call in ways that made Zimmerman appear to be a racist. In a grotesque and apparently malicious act of misreporting, NBC, in multiple broadcasts, aired doctored, heavily edited versions of the 911 call, misleadingly moving around Zimmerman’s words like a Rubik’s Cube. The result gave a false impression of the tragic incident in which Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and it exposed Zimmerman to the hatred, scorn and contempt of millions of viewers. Zimmerman is suing NBC and the network is fighting back. But the network’s...
  • Florida Memorial University is now home to Trayvon Martin Foundation

    06/26/2014 9:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Miami Herald's Miami-Dade blog ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ayana Stewart
    A narrow stairwell at Florida Memorial University leads to rooms filled with collages and paintings from around the country. While the artwork varies in style, there’s one common theme: almost all of the pieces depict a young man in a hooded sweatshirt. This is the headquarters of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, established by Martin’s parents after the Miami Gardens teen was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted last year after a racially charged, contentious trial. The historically black university hosted a ceremony Thursday that started and ended with prayer and was filled with spiritual references. The...
  • Trayvon Martin’s Marijuana Usage Made Him Violent Against George Zimmerman?

    06/25/2014 3:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 24, 2014
    Did Trayvon Martin’s marijuana usage make him violent against George Zimmerman? Some reports are posing that controversial question now that marijuana legalization is quickly spreading across America. But while some police officers may support that contentious message others believe the controversy over Trayvon Martin, gun control, and drugs does not match up with the facts. In a related report by The Inquisitr, George Zimmerman’s lawsuit claims NBC employees purposefully edited the audio recordings of him talking to the 911 dispatcher in order to make it sound like the Hispanic man was racially profiling Trayvon. Whether or not Martin is a...
  • Dream Defenders to try to mobilize youth vote in Hillsborough & Polk Counties (Florida)

    06/24/2014 1:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Creative Loafing - Tampa Bay ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mitch Perry
    Last summer, student activists in Florida known as the Dream Defenders held one of the longest sit-in demonstrations in recent Tallahassee history, as they attempted to get Rick Scott to call for a special session on the controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law. The sit-in began just days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Though Scott declined to convene such a session, the group received national attention for their actions, and they vowed that they would be back in 2014 to educate thousands of new voters in advance of the 2014 state elections. That's...
  • Rachel Jeantel: “I’m still standing.”

    06/23/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    District Chronicles ^ | June 23, 2014 | Jazelle Hunt
    As Rachel Jeantel’s high school graduation neared, she reminded herself of the promise she was keeping. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters that she would do it. And she did. The world met Jeantel during the investigation of Martin’s murder. It was disclosed that she was the last person to speak to him before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Over the course of two days, she testified as a key witness in the trial, withstanding questioning that lasted for six hours. She faced a...
  • What!!!? Actor Will Smith to Produced the George Zimmerman Story?

    06/20/2014 6:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | June 20, 2014 | Eric L. Wattree
    Americannews.com, Power105.1fm.com, and several other entertainment sites on the web are reporting that Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, which produced I Am Legend, Hancock, The Karate Kid, is producing the George Zimmerman Story, staring Smith’s son, Jaden Smith, as Trayvon Martin. According to reports, the film is targeted to be released in the Spring of 2015 and George Zimmerman himself will be working on the film as a consultant for, get this – $3.2 million. When I first saw the report I couldn’t believe my eyes. . We contacted Overbrook Entertainment to get confirmation on this story, but they referred us...
  • The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code (Guess who's in charge of it?)

    06/19/2014 8:04:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Time ^ | June 19, 2014 | Denver Nicks
    #YesWeCode looks to close the coding inequality gap Shortly after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, liberal activist Van Jones was talking with his friend Prince—yes, that Prince—about the circumstances of the shooting. More “I think he made the observation,” Jones told TIME, “that when African-American young people wear hoodies people think they’re thugs, but when white kids wear hoodies you assume that they’re going to be dot-com billionaires,” a reference to the outerwear favored by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk. “We just started thinking: ‘Well, how do we turn that around?’” Out of that...
  • Did You Know There’s A Tiny (Secret) Trayvon Martin Monument in Boston? (And illegal, of course)

    06/19/2014 4:18:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 18, 2014 | Justine Hofherr
    <p>If you weren’t paying attention, you might walk right by it, but there’s a small, secret, metal monument dedicated to Trayvon Martin sitting atop a lamppost in Jamaica Plain.</p> <p>According to WBUR, Matthew Hincman, an associate professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, attached the small, cylindrical metal statue to a lamppost a couple weeks ago without any official permission from authorities. It’s located at the corner of Eliot and Center streets in JP’s Monument Square.</p>
  • Judge throws out part of Zimmerman libel case against NBC

    06/19/2014 8:35:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 54 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 06/19/2014 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    A judge this morning threw out part of George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal and held out the prospect that she may throw out the whole thing. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson tossed the allegations related to one of four broadcast and said she needs to do more homework before deciding about the other three.
  • How Americans are duped by race-baiting: Fletcher reviews book that blows lid off Trayvon legacy

    06/17/2014 8:13:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 17, 2014 | Jim Fletcher
    The vast majority of Americans are not racist. In fact, minorities in this country enjoy legal protections not found in many other countries, and the American spirit of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is pretty much the gauge by which the population lives. It is absurd, for example, to cry racism (Al Sharpton) when millions of white men rabidly cheer for mostly black professional sports teams. In 2008, the country even elected a black man as president. So it is with bitter irony that we note the escalation of race baiting at the highest levels of politics and media....
  • Why O.J.'s Saga Lives and Trayvon's Died

    06/13/2014 1:13:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2014 | Jack Cashill
    Twenty years ago this week, former football great O.J. Simpson savagely attacked and killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. The double murder and subsequent trial generated a small library of videos and books, the most recent of the latter being Kim Goldman’s, Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson. I just finished Goldman’s insightful memoir yesterday. I must have read at least ten other books on the case. A year ago this week, the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin began in Sanford, Florida. Although not as sensational as Simpson’s, Zimmerman’s...
  • Jaden Smith Cast As Trayvon Martin in Will Smith Produced Film

    06/08/2014 5:14:57 AM PDT · by equalator · 89 replies
    News Nerd ^ | 5-12-2014
    As polarizing of a figure that Zimmerman is, the film is sure to spark controversy among movie goers. In a statement sent to reporters, Smith stated, “It’s obvious that he’s not America’s sweetheart right now but his story is intriguing and it needs to be heard. Hitler wasn’t popular. Does that mean his story is any less interesting? Of course not. Slave masters aren’t popular but 12 Years a Slave was phenomenal. Wait until you
  • One year later, where are players in George Zimmerman trial?

    06/07/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2014 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    A year ago Tuesday the first of several hundred Seminole County residents were summoned to the Sanford courthouse for jury selection. A half-dozen of them ultimately would decide whether former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman was a murderer or someone who killed an unarmed black 17-year-old in self-defense. Five weeks later, on July 13, the all-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. The trial was a top news story across the nation, making household names of attorneys, witnesses and other key players. What has become of George Zimmerman and other key figures in the...
  • Leave No Man Behind (Beyond reprehensible)

    06/06/2014 12:00:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Aadirondack Daily Enterprise ^ | June 5, 2014 | John Stack
    The Ranger Creed 5th Stanza "Engergetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy. " Leave no man behind is throughout our armed forces, as a badge of honor. Many a military medal has been won by following this creed. The creed does not say “Leave no man behind…unless we don’t like him…or a black president got him...
  • Mark Cuban: Prejudiced And Irresponsible

    06/04/2014 1:31:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Houston Forward Times ^ | May 28, 2014 | Jeffrey L. Boney, associate editor
    We all know the story of what happened to Trayvon Martin, when neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman racially profiled and murdered him. I can’t forget Saturday, July 13, 2013, because it was the day that Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and Trayvon was found guilty of being a young, Black man in America. Trayvon was found guilty of mistaken identity while walking home wearing a hoodie, and being treated more like a criminal than a victim, while having nothing more than a can of iced tea and a pack of Skittles in his possession. The brutal shooting of Trayvon...
  • In Memory of Trayvon, Rachel Jeantel Keeps Her Promise: Key witness graduates from high school

    05/30/2014 2:01:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | May 30, 2014 | Nicole Phillip
    Donning a white cap and gown, Rachel Jeantel came through on a promise to her late friend, Trayvon Martin, this Friday. She graduated from high school. Jeantel was the last to speak to 17-year-old Martin, moments before the unarmed teenager was shot dead by George Zimmerman in 2012. Jeantel later served as a key witness for the prosecution. Unlike those that mocked Jeantel’s speech and mannerisms during the trial, Martin allegedly never judged Jeantel for her personality or the way she spoke. According to Jeantel, Martin “cared about you. That’s a good human.” Miami defense and civil rights attorney...
  • Men want ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ expanded to include Black females

    05/29/2014 10:55:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | May 29, 2014 | George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – More than 200 African American men, ranging from a taxi driver to university professors, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to expand his Black male initiative to include Black girls and women, saying they were “surprised and disappointed” that the president had sought to include only half of the race to tackle community-wide issues. A copy of the letter to Obama was obtained by the NNPA News Service. After praising the president for saying that addressing the needs of those left behind is as important as anything else he is undertaking, authors...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Mark Cuban Proved ‘Hoodie’ Is Now the ‘H-Word’

    05/23/2014 5:37:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 23, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Friday, Rush Limbaugh opened his radio show by diving into recent comments Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made about how own struggles with “bigotry” and “prejudice.” Limbaugh did not seem to have any particular problems with what Cuban said, but was rather offended by his subsequent apology to Trayvon Martin’s family for using a “black kid in a hoodie” as one example of who he would avoid on a dark street. “I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said at Nashville, Tennessee’s GrowCo Conference. “If I see a black kid...
  • California History Teacher Dresses As Trayvon Martin For Yearbook Photo

    05/23/2014 2:35:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    News One for Black America ^ | May 23, 2014 | Hannington Dia
    A California history teacher’s decision to dress as Trayvon Martin for his school’s yearbook photo has drawn a mixed reaction, KTUV reports. Spencer Smith (pictured center) is seen flashing the peace symbol while wearing a white hoodie and holding Skittles. Martin had just purchased the candy shortly before his death. Smith was reportedly attempting to make a political statement. Watch a news report about Smith’s photo here: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Some have come out in support of Smith; others remain unsure. Alfreda Charway, president of Brentwood Heritage High School’s Black Student Union, called it “a good idea because he’s expressing himself.” “Because that’s...
  • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offers apology to Trayvon Martin's family...

    05/22/2014 5:40:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/22/14 | BERNIE AUGUSTINE
    Speaking about the Donald Sterling scandal with the Clippers, and how the country has evolved in terms of race relations, Cuban touched on a hot topic when he said, 'We’re all prejudice in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie, and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street.' ...."In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and the substance of the interview,"
  • Eradicating racism not what the left really wants

    05/19/2014 2:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Macomb County Advisor & Source ^ | May 11, 2014 | Julie Szydlowski
    Two recent incidents -- the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action and LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bigoted comments - underscore what the left so badly wants us to believe: that white America is inherently, hopelessly racist. Unfortunately it seems the left - which ignores racism committed by non-whites -- wants to use racism to impose draconian control measures on private citizens, while convincing minorities the left is their only hope for justice. The Court's ruling on Michigan's affirmative action ban, for instance, should be considered a victory to anyone claiming to want a color-blind...
  • Pols who support "Stand Your Ground" in FL have been warned, Al Sharpton is coming for your seat

    05/19/2014 10:07:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WPEC-TV ^ | May 18, 2014 | Kathleen Walter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)WEST PALM BEACH -- If you support Florida's Stand Your Ground law as a politician, a controversial political activist is coming after you. Reverend Al Sharpton has fought the law since the death of Trayvon Martin. Sunday, he announced a new action against state lawmakers who support it. At a benefit for the Grace Baptist Church of St. Lucie at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Rev. Sharpton says his National Action Network group is shifting its focus onto the Sunshine State with the hopes of repealing the law by changing the makeup of the state legislature and affecting...
  • Attorney for Trayvon Martin takes on Bellaire police shooting

    05/12/2014 6:50:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2014 | Brian Rogers
    Pastors, legislators and the civil rights attorney who represented Trayvon Martin's family against George Zimmerman last year vowed Monday to get justice for Robbie Tolan, the former minor league baseball player who was shot by a Bellaire police sergeant in 2008. "The Supreme Court said that this should go to a jury," lawyer Benjamin Crump told a crowd of more than 100 people at a press conference announcing he had been hired by Tolan and his parents. "If this could happen to a model family, like this, it could happen to anyone here." Tolan and his family, who are black,...
  • WKU senior's work shows Trayvon Martin protests

    05/09/2014 2:48:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Park City Daily News ^ | May 8, 2014 | Natasha A. Simmons
    New York summers are hot. In July, Western Kentucky University senior Demetrius Freeman, from Atlanta, a New York Times intern at the time, was enflamed enough by the Trayvon Martin march and protest to make a decision without the paper’s staff being aware. Freeman documented a Trayvon Martin march and protests in New York and created prints at reasonable prices. “Photos from the Trayvon Martin March & Protest” was on display and some were sold Tuesday in the Garrett Conference Center at WKU. Six double-sided gallery stands feature 12 images of New Yorkers’ outcries over racial tension, vigilantism, police practices...
  • Afeni Shakur Named Keynote Speaker At Trayvon Martin Foundation Retreat ("Former" Black Panther)

    05/07/2014 9:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Vibe ^ | May 7, 2014 | Tanay Hudson
    Afeni Shakur has been tapped as the keynote speaker for The Trayvon Martin Foundation's "Circle of Mothers Empowerment Retreat." The purpose of the weekend event is "to comfort , inspire, and empower mothers who have experienced the loss of a child due to senseless gun violence."​ “Like myself, Afeni Shakur has had her loss played out in the public eye," says the foundation's founder and Trayvon's mother, Sybrina​ Fulton, of the late Tupac's mom. ​"​We, partnered with Lisa Nichols, will be able to impart the tools and wisdom we've gathered to help everyone that attends." The foundation was formed shortly...
  • Obama makes botched execution the new Democrat dog whistle; Remember Trayvon Martin?

    05/03/2014 2:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Biz-Pac Review ^ | May 3, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    With his decision Friday to inject himself and the White House into the death penalty debate, President Obama once again inflamed a racial controversy in the country – with the only apparent goal of benefiting the Democratic Party in upcoming elections. It’s Trayvon Martin all over again. In March 2012, President Obama was looking at a tough re-election fight when he used a White House news conference to inject himself and his office into the debate over the fatal shooting of the black Florida teenager. On Friday, looking at a disastrous mid-term election looming in November, he used a White...
  • Obama Replays Trayvon Martin Card

    05/02/2014 12:06:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 2, 2014 | Neil Munro, White House Correspondent
    President Barack Obama today tried to raise his supporters’ long-standing opposition to jury-directed death-penalties by suggesting to a German reporter today that Americans jurors and judges may be biased against African-American murderers. “What happened in Oklahoma was deeply troubling,” said Obama, referring to a recent execution of an African-American man in Oklahoma. The comments came two years after Obama used a Rose Garden appearance to focus African-Americans’ attention on a dispute over the killing of a young black man — Trayvon Martin — by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama...
  • This is Why the FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Could Disempower Communities of Color

    04/29/2014 3:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fusion ^ | April 28, 2014 | Jorge Rivas
    Out of 1.2 trillion Google searches in 2012, Trayvon Martin was the ninth most searched event. But the unarmed black teen who was fatally shot in Florida may have never become a household name if it wasn’t for Twitter, Facebook and the blogs that kept his story in the news until it reached a national level. Now black and Latino net neutrality advocates say it will be much harder, and maybe even impossible, to catapult stories like Martin’s to a national level if new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ‘fast lane’ rules are implemented. Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman...
  • Democracy Has Failed Because We Have Failed

    04/29/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The PanAm Post ^ | April 28, 2014 | Frank Worley-Lopez
    Until We Learn to Be Sovereign, the Illegitimate State Will Continue.A recent editorial column here at the PanAm Post spoke of the failures of the opposition parties in Venezuela and their culpability in the collapse of their country. The article raises some very important questions about democracy itself. Democracy, after all, is a very good system, and can produce some very positive results. However, it is also a system fraught with incredible danger. Democracy represents the will of the people, but it also represents their whims, their fears, and their prejudices. The Historical Legacy: False Promises, Division, Failure It was...
  • Woman shot dead by 2 burglars after recording their crimes on cell phone' (Reverse Trayvons)

    04/28/2014 4:52:06 PM PDT · by equalator · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 4-24-2014 | James Nye
    The two men allegedly fired shots at true-crime enthusiast Salamon, after a heated argument over her cellphone and then made their getaway, leaving the dog-lover fatally wounded. The two men are well known to police said Sgt. Gantt and both belonged to a local gang he said. Sgt. Gantt said that Salamon, who had advocated her neighborhood hiring a private security firm only days before the shooting, was a 'brave lady.'
  • Justice effort aims to reduce racial bias in arrests (No more Trayvons!)

    04/28/2014 1:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    KDVR-TV / CNN ^ | April 28, 2014
    The Justice Department will collect data about police stops, searches and arrests, aiming to reduce possible effects of racial bias in the justice system, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday. The agency is launching a new National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice, which will focus data-collection on five cities over two years as part of a $4.75 million pilot program. Holder said in a video message the initiative grew from the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Orlando in 2012 and from President Barack Obama to...
  • Trayvon Martin's dad speaks about son in NY

    04/24/2014 10:06:43 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 36 replies
    WFTV.com ^ | April 24,2014 | Associated Press
    According to Newsday, Martin said he would like to see his son's name "in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till." Martin's son was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder under Florida's "stand your ground" law.
  • Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human

    04/24/2014 11:07:12 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 214 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers who broke into his home can be heard on an audio recording talking to himself for hours after the shooting and at one point, apparently describing the slain teens as "vermin." Byron Smith, of Little Falls, faces first-degree premeditated murder charges in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. Smith, 65, claimed he was defending himself and feared for his life after several break-ins at his home. Prosecutors, though, say Smith planned the killings. They say he sat in a chair...
  • Trayvon Martin's father wants son's death to renew civil rights movement(New "Emmett Till")

    04/23/2014 8:38:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Long Island Newsday ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joan Gralla
    Tracy Martin wants his son, Trayvon, to be remembered as this century's Emmett Till, and have his death reawaken the nation's lagging civil rights movement. "We want him to be known as that child of central Florida who galvanized the country," said Martin, who was a guest speaker at Nassau Community College on Wednesday. "We would like to see his name in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till [though] Emmett Till has a legacy I don't think any African-American child will surpass." Till, 14, was killed in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of...
  • Spike Lee on the Possibility of Trayvon Martin Film: ‘I Would Like to See It’ (Watch)

    04/20/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    EURWeb ^ | April 19, 2014 | PJ
    *Famed film director Spike Lee has expressed his desire to see the Trayvon Martin story told on the big screen. During an interview with theGrio, Lee commended 27-year-old new director Ryan Coogler for bringing his acclaimed independent film, “Fruitvale Station,” the Oscar Grant story, to the big screen. He expressed his admiration for the film while stating that the film business isn’t built in favor of young directors like Coogler to succeed. “Love it…. It’s great,” Lee said of Fruitvale Station. “But it’s something that I have been doing for 15 year [sic]. I teach film. That is my job...
  • After Trayvon Martin Slaying, Family Demands Justice For Another Unarmed Slain Teen

    04/17/2014 4:20:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Support Online Hip Hop News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Biz Jones
    After the emotional trial of slain teenager Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman last year, justice is being demanded for the unlawful killing of another teen by a New York police officer. A "Justice for #RamarleyGraham" campaign has launched in hopes of indicting the man responsible for taking an 18-year-old's life. The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's office have the power to take over the case and hold Ramarley's killer accountable. Join us in demanding the DOJ and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara conduct a thorough investigation and bring federal charges against Officer...
  • Christopher’s Law Finally Made it This Year: “This is an umbrella of protection” (Maryland)

    04/09/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Afro American ^ | April 9, 1994 | Zenitha Prince
    Chris Brown, left, mother of Christopher Brown for whom the new law is named, is with supporter, Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore NAACP. Christopher's Law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and is awaiting the governor's signature. The legislation requires police officers to be trained in CPR, cultural sensitivity, the proper use of force, and interacting with the physically and mentally disabled. "This is an umbrella of protection," said Chris Brown, 40, for whose son the bill (HB0294/ SB0542) was named. "This bill will ensure that police officers are trained in life-saving techniques. They already know how to...