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- Change.Org -- NAACP, Call for An Economic Boycott of Florida
A petition to the NAACP urging them to call for an economic boycott of the State of Florida until that states "Stand Your Ground" law is modified or repealed.
- NAACP -- Urge The DOJ to File Civil Rights Charges
The NAACP's petition to the Dept of Justice to file Federal Civil Rights Charges against George Zimmerman
- 1 Million People Sign NAACP's Petition for Zimmerman Justice Dept. Charges - COLORLINES
"The petition quickly picked up steam — even crashing the civil right’s organization’s website for several hours — and has now recieved over one million signatures.. . . "
- Teachers Unions Urge Federal Action Against George Zimmerman
"The National Education Association and the Federation of Teachers, which together represent some 4.5 million teachers and others, both are urging the Department of Justice to investigate George Zimmerman. . . "
I Ain't Gonna Play The Sunshine State
- Chaka Khan Boycotts Florida, Talks Hometown Celebration And Ending Chicago's Gun Violence
". . . Well I am boycotting Florida. . . . "
- Celebrities Boycotting Florida Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law And Zimmerman Verdict -- Fox News Latino
After Stevie Wonder said he would not perform in Florida again until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished, many of his peers are following suit.
- Stevie Wonder
"While performing in Quebec City on July 14th 2013, Stevie Wonder responded to George Zimmerman Not Guilty verdict, after the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Mr. Wonder announced, “Unless the Stand Your Ground Law is abolished. . . "
On Saturday, July 13, I went to post the results of the Pittsburgh Pirates game on my Facebook. I was greeted by a barrage of posts that informed me that George ZImmerman had been found not guilty on all counts in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
I had concerns that such a verdict would lead to riots like what we saw in Los Angeles after the Rodney King trial. I was pleased to hear that all seemed quiet on that front. Such activities would only add to the case of the insurrectionists and insurgents who, in George Zimmerman, may now may have a new hero.
But there does need to be some sort of response. We cannot send the message that an unarmed youth can be pursued and shot by a citizen. There are calls to file Federal Civil Rights charges against George Zimmerman. I think some sort of civil suit is also in order. Zimmerman will likely be a sought-after speaker at the gun shows, etc that make up the insurrectionist circuit that folks like Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin travel. As a means of direct action, I wonder what reminder 20 or so people in black hooded sweatshirts would be to Zimmerman as he tells his story?
Florida needs to be held responsible for this as well. An economic boycott of the state would let its businesses and residents know that allowing an African-American youth to be hunted and shot for simply being in "the wrong neighborhood" is not accepted. It also needs to go well beyond cancelling vacations and not buying orange juice to include branded merchandise like the Miami Heat, Florida State Seminoles, etc.
There's also the matter of taking the struggle past Florida. Many states have laws similar to Florida's. The National Rilfle Association, and the group ALEC have passed "Stand Your Ground" or "Castle Doctrine" laws. These laws need to be fought and those who supported them need to be held accountable or perhaps voted out.
Trayvon Martin is not the first person to pay what the NRA would see as a price of freedom. The question is, what needs to be done to make sure he is one of the last?