A bipartisan bill that would tweak the controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law sailed through the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, passing unanimously with the backing of both the National Rifle Association and Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
In the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman of second degree murder in the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, civil rights activist Al Sharpton has tapped Bishop Victor Curry, with Miami’s New Birth Baptist Church, to lead the campaign to make South Florida ground zero in their fight to change or overturn Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground Law.”
Governor Rick Scott declared Sunday as “Day of Prayer for Unity” in the death of Trayvon Martin. The proclamation said, in part, “the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is a tragedy; and the Martin family, the family of George Zimmerman, and all those affected by Trayvon’s death remain in our thoughts and prayers.”
In prayer and song, hundreds demonstrated in front of the Federal Courthouse in Miami Saturday as part of the 100 city “Justice For Trayvon” rallies.
As Miami prepares for a major rally in honor of Trayvon Martin Saturday, members of the Hatian-American Community in North Miami gathered for an intimate but vocal demonstration Friday evening.
The national “Justice for Trayvon” day in 100 cities, led by Rev. Al Sharpton, will take place this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of charges in the fatal shooting of Miami Gardens teen Martin.
Trayvon Martin’s parents will honor their son following the Zimmerman verdict, Saturday, at two separate vigils.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton are scheduled to address the NAACP conference in Orlando on Wednesday.
This week marks the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin which thrust the small central Florida city of Sanford into the national spotlight.
Thousands of Hispanic, Caribbean and African-American voters across Florida will head to polling precincts starting Saturday to usher in Souls to the Polls Weekend, as the state’s Early Voting period begins.