Justice for Trayvon Martin: No More Stand Your Ground
Target: State Legislatures
Sponsored by: Care2.com
A 17-year-old boy is dead, shot by a neighborhood vigilante who decided that he would take the law into his own hands. Now, Trayvon Martin’s killer will walk free — because a jury of his peers determined that it was legal for him to murder an innocent teenager in the name of “self-defense.”
George Zimmerman faced no charges for more than a month after the shooting thanks to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which states that murder is justified in the name of protecting oneself at any cost, even if conflict is avoidable. And though his trial eventually hinged on self-defense rather than “Stand Your Ground,” so long as laws like these are on the books, vigilante violence will continue, often with no consequences.
How many innocent people like Trayvon have to die in the name of paranoia before we learn that these laws only lead to bloodshed?
25 states have already adopted such laws despite their demonstrated danger. Tell all states to repeal or reject “Stand Your Ground” laws before more people are murdered for presenting imaginary threats.
Justice Department: Open a Civil Rights Case Against George Zimmerman
By Benjamin Todd Jealous (Contact)
To be delivered to: Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder,
The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.
The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.
Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.
A jury has acquitted George Zimmerman, but we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.