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Stand Your Ground

Poll To Call Special Session On 'Stand Your Ground' Fails

Tampa Bay Times | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Miami

As projected, an effort to get lawmakers to hold a special session on Florida's Stand Your Ground law has failed. ...

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...

Frisk Your Ground: The Floridafication of New York City

Mitch McEwen | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Mitch McEwen

As a systemic violence, the Stop-and-Frisk policy of the NYPD might be considered the policing equivalent of Stand Your Ground. Search first -- ask questions later.

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...

Muslim-Americans Defending the Dream, Advancing Civil Rights

Mustafa Abdullah | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Mustafa Abdullah

These are corrosive practices and policies that impact all communities and growing Muslim-American recognition of this fact has been reflected in increased involvement in this civil rights moment.

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...

'Stand Your Ground' Hearings Chair: 'I Don't Support Changing One Damn Comma'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Miami

Republicans in Florida appeared to make a major concession to protestors last week when House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) ordered heari...

Stand Your Ground Laws or License to Kill Without a Cause?

John Rosenthal | Posted 10.06.2013 | Crime
John Rosenthal

There is no question in my mind that gun ownership is a right in the U.S. But with that right come responsibilities and psychological consequences that are different for everyone.

Dream Defenders Florida Take Over Enters Week Four

Bill Quigley | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

They are an inspiring and organized black and brown student movement going into week four of their sit in and occupation of the Florida governor's office. They are demanding changes in Florida laws which criminalize young black and brown people.

Message to President Obama: Stand Your Ground

Mike Green | Posted 09.27.2013 | Black Voices
Mike Green

President Barack Obama surprised the nation on July 19 with an impromptu press conference in the aftermath of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman...

Trayvon's Parents Renew Appeal

The Orlando Sentinel | Staff Writer | Posted 10.03.2013 | Black Voices

Attorneys for Trayvon Martin's parents on Friday renewed their appeal for changes to "stand your ground" laws around the country, calling them vague a...

'Stand Your Ground' Poll Reveals Shocking Results

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

Aug 2 (Reuters) - Most U.S. voters support the "Stand Your Ground" laws, although the question of whether to retreat or use deadly force in self def...

Martin's Parents Avoid Boycott

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The parents of Trayvon Martin said Friday that they are taking no stance on a proposed boycott of Florida following the acquittal of ...

Rick Scott's Security Blocks Silent Protestor

Posted 08.02.2013 | Miami

A silent protestor was blocked by Florida Governor Rick Scott's security team during an appearance in South Florida Thursday morning. As first rep...

Lawmaker: Review Michigan's Stand Your Ground Law

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.01.2013 | Detroit

A "not guilty" verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, which allowed him to go free despite shooting a 17-year-old to death, has caused a Mi...

LA Stands Up For Trayvon

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 10.01.2013 | Los Angeles

Even though the shooting death of Trayvon Martin happened a continent away, Los Angeles officials Wednesday joined in the call for a federal civil rig...

Rick Scott Demands Apology After Being Berated By Jesse Jackson

The Huffington Post | Katie Burkhart | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) demanded an apology from the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday, in response to Jackson's recent comments likening Florida to...

Speaker: No Reason To Change 'Stand Your Ground' Without This

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 09.30.2013 | Miami

TAMPA - State House Speaker Will Weatherford said Tuesday he's willing to consider legislation changing the state's "stand your ground" law but first ...

'This Law Is Not Repealable'

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2013 | Miami

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 31 (Reuters) - Every night for the last three weeks about 50 young protesters have slept on ...

Trayvon Martin Is My Nephew, Our Brother, Your Son

Verneda White | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Verneda White

Be of service at this time. Connect with the children in your life. We cannot take for granted the time to engage with our young boys on taking positive action to mitigate how the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial may shape their life experiences.

Some Thoughts on Why My Car Was Riddled With Bullets

David A. Love | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Thanks to the Tea Party leaders who govern this state into the ground, the sorry excuse for an education in this city is little more than a prison preparatory program -- a holding pen for the state pen -- and these kids know it.

We Are George Zimmerman

Daryl Rowland | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

We need to admit that there are vestigial habits malingering from our history of human slavery. We need to recognize that such habits do not make their perpetrators evil, but that those habits must be brought into the daylight and gradually eradicated.

Trayvon Martin's Mother Continues Fight Against 'Stand Your Ground' Law

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 09.28.2013 | Black Voices

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin joined a prominent African-American lawyers organization in vowing Monday to ...

Conservative Legislator Proposes "White Right to Stand Your Ground Act"

Tim Koechlin | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Conservative Republican Representative Guy B. White announced today the introduction of bill designed to "strengthen and clarify the right of Normal Americans to stand their ground."

Immeasurable Inspiration: On Robert Pruitt's Women

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 07.26.2013 | Black Voices
Gina Athena Ulysse

Robert Pruitt's Women, currently on exhibition at the Studio Museum of Harlem, is a series of 20 portraits of contemporary black women embodying such graceful restraint that they become curative in the present moment.