On Friday May 11th the people of London turned out to show their support for the family of Trayvon Martin. The family traveled to London to join the mother of Stephen Lawrence to call for an end to racial profiling in both countries. Lawrence was killed in a racist attack in 1993, but his mother Doreen had to wait until January of this year to see the men responsible for the murder convicted and sent to prison.
“I say to you today … just stand up, stand up and be heard. Don’t let this happen to another one of our children,” Sybrina Fulton told a crowd gathered to stand against racism and profiling. “Until you have lost a child, it’s very difficult for you to understand how we feel, and the hurt and the pain that we have."
This issue of profiling is one that has affected our country in so many ways,” said Daryl Parks an attorney for Martin's family. “It's been very insightful to be able to talk to Great Britain and have an opportunity to have a dialogue with people here – all in the name of justice. The issue is profiling. Profiling of any type of person is wrong, wrong, wrong.”
Both families participated in a town hall meeting about profiling and justice which was followed by a vigil on Downing street to commemerate the lives of the young men Sybrina Fulton also released a Mother's Day video this weekend in honor of all mothers who lost children to gun violence.
On November 19th, 2011 White Plains New York police shot and killed 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain inside his White Plains apartment after his Medic Alert bracelet was accidentally activated. Yesterday a Grand Jury declined to indict any of the police officers involved, even though several of them already have a history of brutality and racist behavior. Chamberlin was a Marine veteran who served his country, yet to the White Plains police his life had no value.
There are no words to express the outrage that we feel over this injustice. The Million Hoodies Movement for justice asks you to please join us in letting the White Plains Police Department and city officials know that this will not stand. We demand accountability and justice for Kenneth Chamberlin. Below is contact information you can use to register your Opposition to this racist behavior. Please take a few minutes to let White Plains know that Kenneth Chamberlin’s life matters.
Office of the Police Commissioner 77 So. Lexington Avenue 3rd Floor General Information: (914) 422-6400
On Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, CA, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin announced the launch of their foundation in honor of their son, Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman, February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. The Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation (“Justice™”) was officially announced at the “Justice™ Trayvon Martin - Los Angeles Rally.” Los Angeles has been the home of a large, supportive and peaceful movement, which made it very easy to choose it as its launching pad. The rally provided a healthy and peaceful forum of discussions geared towards peaceful conflict resolution. The purpose for raising funds is to support the fundamental pillars of Justice™. This is an opportunity for supporters to be a part of this grassroots movement to rid the world of profiling violence.
Power 106 DJ, Big Boy, hosted the rally. Speakers included Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow Push Coalition; Benjamin Jealous, NAACP; Pastor Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Movement; Benjamin L. Crump, Esq; Daryl Parks, Esq. Celebrity speakers included: David Banner; Paul Rodriguez, Omarosa Manigault Stallworth, Boris Kodjoe, with a special performance by Columbia Records recording artist, Mary Mary. Special guests included the family of Trayvon Martin: Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, and Jahvaris Fulton. Vicky Lindsey of Project Cry No More and families of local slain victims: Anthony Dunn, Oscar Grant, Laura Sanchez, Kendrec McDade and Frederick Martin were in attendance and shown support. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor; Bernard C. Parks, Councilmember; Minister Tony Muhammad, Nation of Islam; and a host of local community leaders, activists and hundreds of supporters were also in attendance.
“It really feels good to know that a foundation in our son’s name has been established. This is something we never imagined, but then again we never imagined our son taken away from us. But in the event of him taken away from us, it’s good to see something good is coming out of it; so we are very grateful of that. As they said, it’s not a moment, it’s a movement,” said Tracy Martin.
About the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation
Justice™ is a non-profit organization that was established, March 2012, to create awareness and action in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Justice™’s scope has since widened to advocate for all victims of injustice. Justice™’s purpose is to: advocate for crime victims and their families, enact Trayvon Martin legislation to prevent the inappropriate application of Stand Your Ground principles, increase public awareness against all forms of profiling, and educate youth on conflict resolution techniques.
The Foundation’s focus is on peace and human rights for all individuals regardless of race, political affiliations, religious backgrounds, sexual orientation or gender. Additionally, the Foundation advocates for voter’s power, using social media for effective mobilization, and promoting love and peace. Justice™ does not advocate violence, hatred and laws that encourage it, even towards Zimmerman.
We encourage everyone to get involved with this movement; go to www.justicetm.org for more information on ways you can support this cause. Donations are greatly appreciated.
On Tuesday May 1st, 2012 citizens from all over the world will participate in a general strike and take to the streets in support of workers everywhere. We join the call to demand social and economic justice for all the world’s people and stand in solidarity with the direct actions meant to target a racially biased global economic system that contributes to human suffering and countless deaths.
The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice supports these efforts and we are calling for those who stand with the movement to bring justice for the killings of black and brown people in cities across this country to #hoodieup on May 1st. May 1st, we dont work, we dont go to school, we dont support the machine. Justice For Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Ramarley Graham, and the countless others whoses lives have been lost.
Tonight the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation will hold a community forum and rally with the parents of Trayvon Martin, along with Reverend Al Sharpton; Reverend Jesse Jackson; NAACP President, Ben Jealous; Earvin “Magic” Johnson; Stevie Wonder; Mary Mary; David Banner; Chaka Khan as well as with community activists and organizers to address the multitude of issues plaguing young people of color in this country.
Thursday, April 26th - The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, InterOcupy and Occupy Technology today announced the launch of a new tool (map.occupy.net) to help track and document incidents of police misconduct, violence, and victimization like stop and frisk.
Announcing the launch, Million Hoodies creator and organizer Daniel Maree said:
I am proud to announce that the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice has partnered with InterOccupy and the entire Occupy Movement to develop a new tool that will empower communities to track and identify incidents of police misconduct, violence, and victimization like stop and frisk.
This interactive map, which we officially launch here today, is powered by a free, open source platform called Ushahidi, which means "testimony" in Swahili, and was initially developed by my friend Ory Okolloh, to map post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, and has since been deployed in over a dozen countries tracking everything from disaster recovery efforts in Haiti and Japan to corruption and violence in Macedonia and Middle East, respectively.
It is my hope and our firm belief, that identifying and micro-targeting these hot spots of injustice throughout the country, will bring us one step closer to eliminating them altogether and reaffirming, in real-time, that the people united will truly never be defeated.
New York, NY On April 26th Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation will hold a community forum and rally with the parents of Trayvon Martin, along with Reverend Al Sharpton; Reverend Jesse Jackson; NAACP President, Ben Jealous; Earvin “Magic” Johnson; Stevie Wonder; Mary Mary; David Banner; Chaka Khan as well as with community activists and organizers to address the multitude of issues plaguing young people of color in this country.
Thank you all so much for joining the Million Hoodies as we press for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family. I think the incredible outpouring of support and solidarity from around the world has amazed us all. We can be proud that we have raised our voices for justice. Although we are taking on a mighty task, we are already doing great things. Again, thank you.
As we go forward we hope to build a great community of people who are committed to addressing the underlying causes of Trayvon’s tragedy. We sincerely hope that you will join us on this journey. We have made the world stand up and take notice; let’s show them what we can really do with our determination and passion.
In the coming days we will try to fill our website with useful resources, opportunities to coordinate, the latest news, and a sense of community and solidarity. We need your help to make this happen. We ask that you contribute your talents and gifts. The world is what we make it.
Additionally, we will have a decision from Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey in the next couple of days, and we need to be ready to act quickly in reaction to her decision. We ask you to be ready to spread information quickly, and to take to the streets in your own communities if need be. We are putting together supporting materials and information for all of you as quickly as possible so we can be prepared.
It has been an honor for us to work with so many people who believe in justice and who have stood up for Trayvon. We want you to know that Trayvon’s family have watched you in action and have taken great comfort from your support. There are many more Trayvons in our country; please do not let your voices go silent.
Please let us know how we can support you. We have a long march ahead, but we are strong.