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Travyon Martin

Police Shootings and Mental Health

Lauren Carson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

This is not just the all too familiar headline focusing on a young unarmed African American male shot dead by police, but also the story of a man who needed mental health assistance and instead of receiving the professional assistance he so desperately needed, he received fatal bullets.

Visions of Stars -- The Other Blacks With Power

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

In light of this very somber weekend with the decision regarding Trayvon Martin, I didn't know if it would be a good idea to release a story about the highlight of my trip to Miami to cover the American Black Film Festival.

Trayvon Martin's Global Significance, America and the Drone

Jack Healey | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Jack Healey

The gun of Zimmerman must go. The drones of the American administration must go. Innocents with music in their ears and fun in their hearts must be protected.

Why I Understand George Zimmerman's Mentality

Christina Blacken | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices
Christina Blacken

We all experience judgment to some degree but riddle me this -- when you walk into a room, do you assume people there may attribute your actions, speech, and clothing to represent an entire group of people?

Dignity and Indignity: Why Justice for All Needs to Be the Focus of Marriage Rights Advocates

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

The proximity of the differently decided Voting Rights Act and gay marriage Supreme Court cases and the Zimmerman trial should serve as a reminder to LGBT people that it is immensely important to have a broader sense of justice than our own drive for marriage equality.

The Zimmerman Verdict as a Teachable Moment

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I have always found fear toward black men to be perplexing, because as a black man I have largely internalized the same American values shared by those who just happened to have been born white.

Trayvon Martin and Why the Right-Wing Media Spent 16 Months Smearing a Dead Teenager

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

One of the puzzling questions surrounding the public saga of Martin's death has always been why the partisan, conservative political movement in America, led by its powerful media outlets, felt the need to become so deeply invested in the case.

In the Memory of Trayvon, America Must Never Allow for Young Black Men to Be Hunted Again!

Russell Simmons | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

When our laws ill-affect one community much more then another they must be challenged. I join the Trayvon Martin Foundation in their fight to end every law in America that creates the environment for a tragedy like to this to ever happen again.

Trayvon Martin's Father's Heartbreaking Reaction To Verdict

Posted 07.14.2013 | Black Voices

A few minutes after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin Saturday night, the dead teenager's father tweeted his emotio...

Trayvon Martin's Parents: Travyon's Death Not 'God's Plan'

AP | Posted 07.19.2012 | Black Voices

MIRAMAR, Fla. -- The parents of the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer rejected the shooter's claim that t...

The Trayvon Martin and Tulsa Shootings: The Time for Inaction Is Over

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.10.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

It's time all of us engage in a long-term conversation on the elephant in the room -- race. And as the Trayvon Martin case tragically proves, the topic cannot be discussed without dedicating an equal amount of time towards a serious look at our justice system.

I Am Not Travyon Martin

Paul Schmitz | Posted 06.06.2012 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

When we assume that young people, especially young people of color in poor neighborhoods, are the problem, we are actually missing the solution.