Demand Justice for Trayvon Martin
Campaign to End the Death Penalty activists are horrified by the murder of Trayvon Martin. From the petition for Trayvon put up by his family:
"On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.
Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son. "
This shooting has laid bare the gross racism and injustice that define our system.
We can't help but think of the case that's being heard right now by the Supreme Court over the inhumane and unjust sentence of Juvenile Life Without Parole. It brings to light the extreme racism and contradictions of this system: a white adult can walk free after shooting a Black youth carrying candy and a drink, while a 14 year old Black youth gets sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for participating in a robbery.
Those of us who want to live in a just and fair society still have a lot of work to do, but it is ordinary people like us who will make real change happen. It's clear that protest and public outrage have already helped bring national attention and a federal investigation to the case of Trayvon Martin. We need to continue to build pressure to demand George Zimmerman be brought to justice.
Here's what you can do:
1. Sign the petition here.
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. Find or organize something in your area.
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.