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Here Comes Bush v. Clinton 2.0

Andy Ostroy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Despite the fact that he's not been to Iowa in two years, and that his political team consists of just four people, Bush has big Republican donors salivating on the sidelines.

The Killing of Black Men Is an American Human Rights Disaster

David A. Love | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

For decades, American civil rights advocates have connected the dots between the domestic fight for civil rights and the international struggle for human rights.

Does Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Stand Up In a Personal Injury Case?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime
Spencer Aronfeld

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is probably one of the most controversial and volatile pieces of legislation I have seen in my 25 years of legal experience as a practicing attorney in Florida.

'Stand Your Ground' Law Tested In Recent Shootings

AP | MATT VOLZ and MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchang...

Entire Young Black Male Population Moves Out of Florida

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 06.09.2014 | Comedy
Mawuena Akyea

The entire young black male population of Florida is preparing to leave Florida for good because of ongoing shooting deaths of young black males. Even...

You Will Not Believe What Florida Is Doing Now

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

After a Tampa Bay Times' review of 200 cases that involved the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law found an "uneven application" and "shocking outco...

Don't Let Georgia Extend 'Stand Your Ground' to Criminals

Lucia McBath | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Lucia McBath

After Georgia passed its Stand Your Ground law, the number of justifiable homicides in our state increased by 83 percent.

WATCH: Young Black Men's Raw Emotions Captured The Day After Zimmerman Was Acquitted

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices

Two years ago today, an unarmed, black teen named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman. In ...

4 Reasons Why Stand Your Ground Made a Difference in the Michael Dunn Trial

Lisa Bloom | Posted 04.23.2014 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

Sure, he'll be locked up (at least 60 years for Michael Dunn), but true justice requires a conviction for murder. This did not happen. The reason? Stand Your Ground.

The NRA Is Directly Behind A Bill Loosening Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Lawmakers are aiming to expand Florida's "stand your ground" law with the help of a top NRA lobbyist. Gawker's Adam Weinstein reported that S.B. 44...

Florida Bid To Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Fails

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov 7 (Reuters) - An effort to repeal a Florida law allowing people to use deadly force if they ...

19-Year-Old Reportedly Shot To Death While Trying To Get Help

Posted 11.10.2013 | Black Voices

A woman who appeared to need help in the middle of the night and was subsequently shot to death may have been the victim in a case of self-defense gon...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Ted Cruz: Stand Your Ground Laws Favor Black Individuals

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz accused lawmakers Tuesday of exploiting the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to advance their own political agenda at a Se...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Trayvon Martin's Mom Pleads With Congress To Revise 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, made an impassioned plea before a congressional committee Tuesday to amend ...

Black Teen's Shooter Rants About Killing 'Thugs' So They 'May Take The Hint And Change Their Behavior'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 10.18.2013 | Black Voices

Michael Dunn, the Florida man charged with shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music, is currently awaiting trial and mainta...

Florida Youth Take 'Stand Your Ground' Fight To The Next Level

Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

Although it has been over a year since it made national news, the Trayvon Martin case pushed the country's controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws into...

U.S. Self-Defense Laws Result In More Justifiable Homicides

Reuters | Barbara Liston | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Killings deemed justifiable rose sharply in states where Stand Your Ground self-defense laws allow individuals who claim ...

Teens Invoke 'Stand Your Ground' In Homeless Man's Death

Sun Sentinel | Rafael Olmeda | Posted 11.07.2013 | Miami

Teenage cousins Jose Llano Xolo, 14, and Juan Xolo Merlin, 18, told a Broward judge Friday they they acted in self-defense last December when they kil...

Connecting the Dots: From Chelsea Manning to Cece McDonald; From NSA to Stop and Frisk

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Ironically, in the same way that trickle-down economics did not correct high levels of unemployment during the 1970s, we see how trickle-down civil rights do not function to expand the rights of the most marginalized.

I Have A Dream: Bring Back SNCC

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Chilling New Ad Reenacts Trayvon Martin's Shooting

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released a chilling new online ad reenacting the night Travyon Martin was killed, in an effort to...

More Controversy Over Florida Sheriff's 'Unanimous' Vote

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 10.18.2013 | Miami

TAMPA -- A vote last week by the Florida Sheriffs Association on the state's stand your ground self-defense law wasn't as decisive as it was declared ...

Florida Sheriffs Come Out Against Stand Your Ground

The Huffington Post | Amanda McCorquodale | Posted 08.14.2013 | Miami

Staunch "Stand Your Ground" supporters in Florida were encouraged last week when the Florida Sheriffs Association announced a unanimous vote of suppor...

Florida Sheriffs Unanimously Support 'Stand Your Ground'

Posted 08.14.2013 | Miami

Florida may be stuck with "Stand Your Ground" after all. House Speaker Will Weatherford said he'd be open to legislation changing the state's contr...

Teen Won't Face Charges In Shooting Death Under 'Stand Your Ground'

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 08.09.2013 | Crime

A Florida teen who killed a man during a confrontation last month will not face homicide charges under the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" l...