You want greater police accountability? Get involved. Push for citizen involvement in every aspect of police policies and practices, from civilian oversight to crime fighting.
How many more Trayvon Martins have to occur to mobilize us to national action? Unless we have the courage and the grace to publicly confront the issue of race in America, it will remain the sword of Damocles hanging over our country for the 21st century and beyond.
There can be little doubt that Zimmerman set these events in motion, but it is obvious that the roles of aggressor and victim can change as circumstances change. Whether they did or did not here will depend on the facts as they are developed.
Like so many of you, I have read countless articles, tweets, attended demonstrations and signed letters calling for justice for Trayvon Martin. But in the end it is an email from my Mother that has stayed with me.
Thousands of people of all races cried out for justice for Trayvon Martin. We did not know all of the facts, but we sensed that the dynamics of race in America were at play. We blogged, petitioned, donned our hoodies, and we prayed.
For those in the black community it was a story heard far too many times. The Trayvon Martin case re-opened old wounds. What have we learned is very clear, that the need for racial healing is still greatly needed.
A guy named Thom Stark is making a movie that you should support right now on Kickstarter. He's an amazing guy who I first tracked down when I was ...
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are," wrote French diarist Anais Nin. This is not just true of George Zimmerman, the Florida man...
A key component in this case appears to be whether George Zimmerman acted in self defense. Self defense is one of many affirmative defenses available under the criminal law, which will, if established, preclude a finding of guilt even if it is proved that the violent, otherwise punishable act took place.
The news that Florida prosecutors are bringing charges against George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin raises two questions: Will Zimmerman be convicted? And what role will Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law play in the case?
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, chances are you've at least heard of Trayvon Martin. But the issues at play are so much more diverse and run so much deeper than many people realize. Below are a few poems that confront some of the issues I find relevant to Martin's death.
The time has come for the cheerleading on both sides to stop in the killing of Trayvon Martin and for everybody to unite around the need for the truth--or as much of it as we can recapture-- to emerge as to precisely what happened on that dark, rainy night.
George Zimmerman has created a website ostensibly to "thank" his supporters and to raise funds for his living and legal expenses. It's never a good sign when your attorneys quit and you start pleading your case in the court of Sean Hannity and Fox News.
The NRA and their indentured servants in Congress and State Legislatures are simply more concerned with selling guns and preserving their power than in public safety and social justice.
This Sunday in St. Louis, the NRA plans to host retired Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, a radical Islamophobe who has said there should be "no mosques in America," as keynote speaker of a prayer breakfast at its annual conference.
A recent Gallup poll paints a bleak picture that new talk on Trayvon's shooting has fallen along predictable fault lines based on class, race, etc. But I feel like the most significant thing about the Gallup poll is the questions it didn't ask.