Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What is Going On?

I wish I were surprised that an innocent young black man was murdered. I am sickened and saddened, but unfortunately, not surprised. What Does shock me is Why no arrest has been made!

In Oklahoma and in other places where young Native men live this kind of thing also happens. Often no arrest is made. But often the evidence of murder is deliberately hidden. In This case it Isn't! Please share this video with those who may not agree with you politically. Mr. Martin was an American citizen with American parents. So the injustice of profiling by immigration status can't be used. What would each of Us tell our sons if they looked like this young man, can you imagine it, having to explain this?

In this country we are Guaranteed religious Freedom, so Mr. Martin's religion should Not have been a factor. And so far as I have read and heard, it Wasn't. So how can even the most conservative friend you or I may have justify this killing with no arrest being made?

Millions are calling for justice for Trayvon Martin. On the one-month anniversary
of his killing, help grow the movement fighting the racial profiling that led to
his death by
sharing this powerful video.
Watch the Trayvon Video
Dear fellow MoveOn member,
I'm a MoveOn member and a mother, and my two sons look like Trayvon Martin.
As parents, we all have to warn our children about the dangers of the world—strangers,
bullies, which streets not to walk down.
But there's a special pain in explaining to my sons the suspicion and dangers they
face, simply by being young black men.
One month ago today, Trayvon Martin was walking through a gated community in Florida
with nothing more than an iced tea and a bag of skittles. But being a young black
man in a hoodie made him "suspicious" to George Zimmerman, who got out of his SUV,
tracked Trayvon down, and shot him dead.
On that terrible day, my special pain and fear as a parent became very urgent ...
and very real.
Racial profiling is a sickness in the soul of our nation. It limits our promise.
It divides us. And one month ago, it robbed Trayvon Martin of his life.
Trayvon's story is already inspiring millions in the 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 it and share it with your family and friends to inspire more people
to join this growing movement:
When my husband shared the news about Trayvon, my eyes welled with tears. I pictured
my own two boys innocently walking home, just like Trayvon, and then never seeing
them again—never hugging them. It was more than I could bear.
That's why I started a SignOn petition calling for justice for Trayvon. It's been
signed by more than 500,000 MoveOn members, and
I'm delivering it to the Justice Department today
. Already, the public pressure from us and our allies is making a difference.
The Justice Department, the State of Florida, and the FBI have launched new investigations,
a new state prosecutor has been appointed, and a grand jury date has been set.
But we need to keep building the call for justice.
And we do that by making sure each and every American knows Trayvon's story.
Click here to watch and share a powerful video about the injustice done to Trayvon Martin.
President Obama said, "if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
He might be like Trayvon too, and Trayvon might have been like my two boys; or your
son; or friends of your children, joining you at the dinner table.
But Zimmerman couldn't see past Trayvon's race and hoodie to the promising young
man he was—a football player, a horseback rider, a hero who pulled his father from
a burning kitchen.
Trayvon was young, he was alive, he was beautiful.
All of us sharing Trayvon's story and calling out for justice are fighting back against
racism and senseless violence, so one day we no longer have to fear our child's walk
home in the darkness.
It's up to us to make sure that every person in America knows what happened to Trayvon
and how his death moved us to tears and action.
Help us grow this movement by sharing this video with everyone you know.
Click here to watch and share Trayvon Martin's story.
Thank you for standing up for Trayvon.
–Maria Roach
P.S. Today, vigils and rallies are taking place around the country to mark the one-month
anniversary of Trayvon's death. To find an event near you, go to
or check on Twitter using #vigils4trayvon.
P.P.S. Writer/activist Kevin Powell, who helped pull 500 people together in Brooklyn
yesterday for the "A Song for Trayvon" event, has written a stirring and reflective
piece for
The Guardian
on "Trayvon Martin and the fatal history of American racism."
Check it out here.
1. "Trayvon Martin: Zimmerman was not following Neighborhood Watch 'rules,'"
Chicago Tribune
, March 24, 2012
2. "Calls for justice rage on a month after Trayvon Martin's killing," CNN, March
26, 2012
"Obama: Shooting death of Trayvon Martin a 'tragedy,'"
Newsday, March 23, 2012
3. "Obama: Shooting death of Trayvon Martin a 'tragedy,'"
Newsday, March 23, 2012
4. "Trayvon Martin's Family Calls For Arrest Of Man Who Police Say Confessed To Shooting
(UPDATE)," The Huffington Post, March 8, 2012
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this link.

    How is your CPSIA research going?