UPDATE:This post was created BEFORE I found out there IS already an official website for the Martin family here > JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION
While I truly believe we should all get behind the Martin foundation, I believe most of the ideas here, like reviving the twitter campaign and making an official web site addressing all the injustice racial motivated deaths are still imperative. Please read and let me know your thoughts. Thanks
It will be one month tomorrow , George Zimmerman was arrested on April 11, 2012, for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. It took an unbelievable 2 months for the state of Florida to just arrest Martin’s killer. The injustice of allowing Zimmerman to keep his freedom in the face of so much probable cause makes no sense, even under the Stand Your Ground Law rules.
Even worse it wasn’t the police department or prosecutor’s office reversing their lapse in judgement that brought about the arrest. It wasn’t just Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s parents pleas to the State of Florida to investigate their son’s death further. It was most certainly the public outcry from all over the world (like you and I) that finally 2 months later, got Florida & the US Department of Justice involved just to get Zimmerman arrested and possibly be brought to trial.
Without Ms Fulton and Mr. Martin’s determination to publicize Travyon’s death and the millions who signed the petition, blogged, tweeted, marched and protested almost everyday, Zimmerman would be a free man. There were so many people involved in the legal system either trying to cover up or paint Zimmerman as an upstanding citizen, had we not gotten involved, we wouldn’t even know Trayvon’s name today.
An arrest however is merely the start. There are many steps prior to trial that could free Zimmerman or interfere with the state’s ability to prosecute him effectively. The pre-trial period is full of all types of legal proceedings,( like the bail hearing)- there will be motions to determine what is and what is not admissible, motions for dismissal, etc where inevitably some information about the case will be leaked.
What’s is worse during this period there’s even more time for the Zimmerman family, attorneys camp to muddle the facts in the press and smear Trayvon’s reputation in an attempt to taint the jury pool that will actually hear the case. Zimmerman, having a father thats a retired judge, guarantees every legal and public maneuver that can be done to get his son out of this, will occur. The web site set up to put his version of events out there and donations for his defense is going to buy him a dream team beyond lawyers but also publicist that will have Zimmerman looking like the victim before it’s over with. And that’s only the beginning. Now that the money is pouring in, get ready to see even more Zimmerman defenders like “Uncle” Joe Oliver singing Zimmerman’s praises.
For this reason, I truly believe it is imperative that all of us that lent our support to help get the arrest, regroup and revive the campaign to ensure justice for Trayvon. Now more than ever the campaign for Justice for Trayvon needs to move forward, keeping his name, the corruption of the investigation and his life & unjustifiable death in the media & minds of the American people to counter those tactics which will taint potential jurors. We need a coordinated effort (ie lead by someone or some groups we can join) to ensure that Trayvon and many victims prior and since get justice.
I know there are still bloggers writing, still tweets and public figures like Charles Blow, Rev. Al Sharpton, Goldie Taylor championing the cause, extremely necessary and commendable. But since the arrest the general public outcry for Martin has waned, while support for Zimmerman has sored, especially monetarily. We need to get an official website for Trayvon where all his information & case updates can be accessed. We need our bloggers to unite in distributing their information and the Twitter campaign must be revived to the levels of the initial outrage.
Think about it. This is what we always do, ala Oscar Grant. We tweet, blog, march & protest in our separate campaigns. It definitely has some effect, but think of the effect that would be had if we all unitedly did this, instead of separately. The power in numbers alone would have 100x the effect of the way we are doing it now. Take a look at the Stop Rush and ALEC campaigns. Hundreds of sponsors have fleed association with Limbaugh and ALEC in measurable monetary amounts. If we put our efforts together, we’d have a much better chance of countering the dirty tactics that will be used to defend Zimmerman, help the Martin family but most importantly send a signal to this nation
WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE THE EXECUTIONS OF BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WITHOUT THERE BEING AN ENORMOUS PUBIC BACKLASH.
WE WILL LET THIS COUNTRY KNOW, THAT IF CORRUPT POLICE DEPARTMENTS UNJUSTLY KILL A MEMBER OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY OR ALLOW THEM TO BE KILLED BY RACISTS CITIZENS WE WILL NOT BE SILENT AND THAT TOWN WILL NOT FLOURISH BECAUSE THE BOYCOTTING AND PROTESTS WILL BE SO GREAT, THEY WILL ALSO BE ECONOMICALLY CRIPPLED UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED.
No town no matter how racist, wants that. It will make police departments think twice about letting incidents not only like Trayvon’s, but the many others happen again. Right now, they don’t really fear us, because they expect the same ole thing, we’ll hoop and holla for while, but then go silent. Please let’s not let this happen again.
The prosecutor and the state won’t be allowed to publicly champion justice for Trayvon outside of the courtroom setting, but believe me the Zimmerman camp will through media appearances and the web site. The state, usually the ones in the driver’s seat when it comes to prosecutions will not have the resources to counter these kinds of tactics. Now that the money is pouring in get ready to see even more Zimmerman defenders like “Uncle” Joe Oliver singing Zimmerman’s praises.
I would like to propose three things to get this movement started
1) AN ONLINE MEETING WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK FOR EVERYONE INTERESTED IN GETTING THIS CAMPAIGN GOING AGAIN. WE COULD BRING ALL IDEAS TO THE TABLE AND PLAN THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO IMPLEMENT THEM. Get Trayvon an official website, where all his information and updates can be accessed, along with other cases of this nature (ie Anna Brown, Marrisa Alexander, etc) Then or before we could bring these plans to the family & attorney’s for approval.
2) A FUND FOR THE MARTIN FAMILY- Even though they have attorneys those attorneys CAN NOT REPRESENT THEM AT TRIAL, ONLY THE STATE CAN PROSECUTE ZIMMERMAN. The lawyers now can only help the family navigate the press and assist the family in making sure the state prosecutor is doing everything possible. I know if I had just lost one of my children, I could barely make it to work. I believe it would appropriate to donate to the Martin family not only for legal expenses, burial reimbursement but living expenses as well as I am sure they have had to take off numerous days from work.
3) Revive the Twitter campaign and boycott anything that supports Zimmerman’s defense, like the NRA & any business associated with ALEC which help write the legislation that let the police think it was ok t set Zimmerman free that night. (Whether you support the Stand Your Own Ground Law is irrelevant, we can keep the law but need to get rid of the racist way it is implemented ie Marissa Alexander case).
These are my humble suggestions for our community. If you are interested please leave a comment, spread the word and let’s see what we can do with our combined commitment. It’s not only for Trayvon but all victims racially motivated killing dating back to Emmett Till and to possible finally break this cycle.