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Stand Your Ground

Is the American Criminal Justice System Color-blind?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Noting that the American criminal justice system handles criminal cases differently depending on race is hardly newsworthy. From stop-and-frisk to motor vehicle searches at traffic stops to sentencing, racial disparities abound in modern America. However, until the George Zimmerman trial for Trayvon Martin's death, one gaping disparity had received little attention.

State House Advances Broad 'Stand Your Ground' Bill

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Ohio's state House approved a broad "stand your ground" measure on Wednesday that would gr...

Renisha, Jonathon, Trayvon...The New Strange Fruit?

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

As a young adult, I was Renisha McBride. Traveling home from college late one evening, my car stalled. With no cell phone, and still miles away from home, I made Renisha's choice. I walked to the nearest home and knocked on the front door.

Ted Cruz's Father: Black People ‘Uninformed' And ‘Deceived'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

Evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz, father of tea party star Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), called black and Hispanic voters “uninformed” and “deceived" d...

The Slaying of Renisha McBride Casts Another Ugly Glare on the Peril to Black Women

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In far too many cases where young black women have been victimized there were endless and predictable efforts to dig up any and every bit of damaging information about their history or lifestyle to in effect virtually blame them for their own unjustified killing.

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 | 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...

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 (Finally) Takes Steps To Revise 'Stand Your Ground'

The Huffington Post | Amanda McCorquodale | Posted 10.09.2013 | Miami

If you hear the pitter patter of tiny feet, it's Florida finally taking baby steps to amend its controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law. Tuesday a Se...

Troubling Details Uncovered In Fatal 'Stand Your Ground' Shooting

Miami New Times | Michael E. Miller | Posted 12.01.2013 | Miami

It's been two years since the single blast rang out across Biscayne Bay, but memories of the bizarre incident still circle as if caught in the sea's i...

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 ...

Jennifer Bendery

Trayvon Martin's Mom To Testify About 'Stand Your Ground' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sybrina Fulton, whose teenage son Trayvon Martin was gunned down last year by a man who claimed he was acting in self-defense, will test...

The Next Generation of Civil Rights Issues Are Upon Us: Now Lets Go To Work

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 11.11.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

I had the pleasure to speak and participate at the March On Washington this year. We cheered, we cried, we remembered, we chanted, we commemorated and we marched, in the same spirit of those who fought for us in times past.

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...

(Extra)Ordinary People

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Yes, we have survived the Great Recession and employment is up. But according to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working. They simply don't earn enough to support themselves and their families.

A Modern March for Newer Dreams

Rashad Robinson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

To stand up to the powerful interests driving our politics, we need to recapture the energy and moral authority of the thousands who marched in 1963 and we also need to harness our own energy to push for freedoms beyond those dreamed of on the Washington Mall 50 years ago.

50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

It's remarkable. Even with the scores of marches on Washington since 1963, we all still know what we mean when we say the March on Washington.

New Bill Would Restrain Neighborhood Crime Watch Members

Posted 08.26.2013 | Miami

Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) has filed a new bill that would restrict neighborhood crime watch members, among other revisions to Florida's con...

Not Backing Down

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

It's hard to be an activist in America while you're trying to pay the bills, mow the lawn and save for the kids' tuition.

University Offers 'Stand Your Ground' Class

Sun Sentinel | Scott Travis | Posted 10.23.2013 | Miami

Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law has provoked heated debates, protests, calls for state hearings -- and now a class at Florida Atlantic...

National Action to Realize the Dream

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.20.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

As a new generation that grew up in the aftermath of the '60s movement, we've worked diligently to make Dr. King's dream a reality. But when jobs and justice are still key issues plaguing society today, we have no choice but to call on everyone to gather once again.

Yelp: Why Joining ALEC Matters

Diane Russell | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Diane Russell

Tech companies such as Yelp are now partnering with ALEC. Let's set aside the intelligence of climbing on board the Titanic after even the rats have left, and analyze their rationale for a moment.

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Chilling New Ad Reenacts Trayvon Martin's Shooting | 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...