Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton filed applications last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark two slogans associated with the 17-year-old: “I Am Trayvon,” and “Justice for Trayvon.”
The Howard University men that are part of the Howard Students For Justice group created the video above that asks viewers to check their biases about black men.
“Contrary to what America has led many to believe all young black males are not suspicious, we don’t deserve to be harassed, murdered, prosecuted or denied the protections of the justice system all because America thinks we are suspicious,” say one Howard alumni as images of other black male students scroll through the screen.
For more information visit the Howard University Students for Justice Facebook page.
Confidential documents made public on Monday show one of the nation’s leading anti-gay groups planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage across the country by “fanning the hostility” between black voters and gay voters.
The documents were made public on Monday afternoon by a federal court, as part of an ongoing case challenging the financial activities National Organization for Marriage in Maine, according to the gay rights groups Human Rights campaign, which first published the report.
A white Los Angeles Police Department officer stopped Latino drivers because of their ethnicity, an internal Los Angeles Police Department investigation has found. The findings mark the first time the department has found that one of its officers engaged in racial or ethnic profiling, the LA Times reported Monday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Tracy Martin thanked the NBA’s Miami Heat for “taking notice” of his son, Trayvon Martin’s passing.
“I saw a post that D-Wade had saying, ‘I am Trayvon Martin,’ ” Tracy Martin said. “To see all these athletes put Trayvon in the same sentence with them, it feels real good. Trayvon was an excellent athlete and if he could hear them saying his name, he would be so moved by it.”
On Friday, James tweeted a photo of 13 Heat players wearing black hoodies and later than night he wore shoes that read “RIP Trayvon Martin” during a game against the Detroit Pinstons.
“These athletes are saying, ‘It’s not about who I am. It’s about right and wrong,” Tracy Martin said. “It’s like everybody’s taking notice. The Miami Heat came out in their hoodies, and that’s just saying, ‘We are people, we have hearts, we have feelings, we have emotions.’ That’s a warm feeling. The sports world has embraced this big-time.”
El Cajon, CA police have not been able to identify a suspect in the gruesome murder that took the life of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi mother of five who was beaten to death in her home last Wednesday. El Cajon, which is a few miles west of San Diego, has one of the nation’s largest Iraqi communities.
Police say Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter Fatima Al Himidi found her mother unconscious in the family’s home on Wednesday after being beaten with a tire iron. Alawadi died Saturday, a short while after being taken off life support.
New York State Senator Eric Adams and his colleagues honored Trayvon Martin on Monday by wearing hoodies to the March 26, 2012 Senate legislative session in Albany.
The images below were uploaded to Facebook by Senator Eric Adams.
“The Hunger Games” earned over $155 million in North America over the weekend. The sci-fi film based on the novel written by Suzanne Collins broke several box office records this weekend, including the strongest opening weekend ever for a spring release.
Audiences on opening night praised “Hunger Games.” Filmgoers under the age 25 gave it a glowing A+ and those over 25 an A-, according to CinemaScore, the market research firm that surveys film audiences. Thirty-nine percent of the audience was younger than 18, according to CinemaScore exit polling.
“What separates “The Hunger Games” from the usual apocalyptic-teen-gladiator fare is its smart take on class and inequality, and its honest depiction of race as an integral party of that story,” said Channing Kennedy, Colorlines.com’s Community Manager. “While the movie adaptation isn’t entirely free of ‘racebending,’ it’s definitely worthy of praise.”
However there are people who aren’t happy some of the characters in the film are black—even though their characters in the novel were described as having “dark skin.”
The Orlando Sentinel on Monday morning published the most detailed report to date of what authorities say happened one month ago today when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.
According to Sanford Police, Zimmerman was on foot looking for Martin when he was approached by Martin. After the pair exchanged words, authorities say Martin threw the first punch, which is what is now protecting Zimmerman from being arrested.
On Friday students across the Miami school district walked out in support of the Trayvon Martin family’s fight to arrest George Zimmerman. On Monday morning—the one month anniversary of Martin’s death—students at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High dressed in black in a silent protest of the death of their classmate.
“I want justice for Trayvon,” Jeremy Barnes, a 15-year-old freshman at the Northeast Miami-Dade school, told the Miami Herald. He wore a black shirt with a collage of photos of Trayvon, including the photo of the slain teen in a hoodie.
A Tumblr launched Friday is collecting stories from men of color who have been victims of racial profiling. IcouldBeTrayvon.com asks visitors to share stories and pictures about being racially profiled and how that incident made them feel.
“As boys and men of color, we are providing a platform to share with each other, and with the world, our ‘Trayvon Stories’ — the times we were similarly racially profiled by police or vigilantes, and could have ended up dead after doing nothing more than the everyday activity typical of human beings living in a supposedly free society,” said Dom Apollon, who founded the Tumblr. Apollon is Research Director at the Applied Research Center, Colorlines.com’s publisher.
Apollon says he was inspired to create the Tumblr after he saw the “Planned Parenthood Saved Me” Tumblr that collects stories from women who say Planned Parenthood saved their lives.
For more information on how you can submit your “I could be Trayvon” story visit IcouldBeTrayvon.com/submit
First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose while greeting Dallas Cowboys football players, from left, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, and Felix Jones at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012. The players joined Mrs. Obama and chefs from past seasons of “Top Chef” for the “Schools and Chefs Working Together” cooking competition to help promote the “Let’s Move!” initiative. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is awarded annually to the player deemed the most outstanding player in collegiate football.
The President is also no strangers to the Heisman pose. The picture below dates back to the days before he was President. (And look closely! They are both giving the camera so much face!)
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum both commented on the Trayvon Martin case Friday, shortly after President Obama weighed in, BuzzFeed is reporting.
In a statement, Romney said: “What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”
Santorum has slightly tougher words.
“It’s a horrible case, and it’s chilling to hear what happened,” Santorum said. “And of course the fact that law enforcement didn’t immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process.”
He continued: “I think it’s pretty clear the problems we’re seeing in this case, and hopefully the state Attorney General and local community is reacting and responding, and hopefully this matter will be an example of what law enforcement has to do in a case like this.”
Romney had previously ignored reporters when asked about Martin’s case.
President Obama said Friday morning the nation needs to do some “soul searching” over the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.
“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said at the White House.
“I can only imagine what these parents are going through,” Obama said after announcing his pick of Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, adding “When I think about this boy I think about my own kids.”
“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”
Obama went on to say “soul searching” means “we examine the laws and context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.”
Although he didn’t get in to any details, Obama did make a structural connection to the case when he made a reference to the “laws and context.”
[Update: 3/23/2012 12:53pm EST: Shortly after Obama made his comments, GOP primary candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum released their statements on the Trayvon Martin case.]
Sam Youngman, a campaign correspondent for Reuters, says he was ignored when he asked GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney how he would handle Trayvon Martin case.
Youngman took to Twitter this morning with details: > Wording of my question to Romney today: “Would your Justice Department get involved in the Trayvon Martin case?” He did not answer
Deryl Dedmon and two other Rankin County, Miss. young men pleaded guilty Thursday to federal hate crime charges for the hit-and-run death of African-American James C. Anderson. One day after Dedmon was sentenced to two life terms in prison after pleading guilty to murder under a state hate crime law, he, and two other teens were charged and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy and one count of violating the federal hate crime law, according to the Clarion Ledger.
A few big time basketball players from the Memphis Grizzlies stopped by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis last Thursday for tea time with children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
(Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies decorates cookies during a visit with children on March 15, 2012 at Memphis Grizzlies House - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Tony Ray Jones, a 24-year-old man shot and wounded by Oakland police in February, filed a $10 million federal civil rights suit against the city Wednesday. Jones is the cousin of Oscar Grant, the BART passenger killed by a transit agency police officer in 2009.
According to the complaint, Jones was unarmed when he shot by Oakland Police Officer Cesar Garcia on February 19th, 2012. The complaint points out at the time of the shooting, Garcia was under a criminal investigation for the “unjustified” shooting of two unarmed African-American males in May 2011. Thirty year old, Antoine Jackson and twenty-three year old John Sloan were fatally shot by Garcia and his unit partner after stepped out of their vehicles in Oakland. The suit alleges those scenes are “eerily similar to Mr. Jones’ case.”
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has determined that Whitney Houston’s official cause of death is: “drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”
The coroner’s office also said the manner of death was an “accident.”
However, the toxicology report adds that “Cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death.”
Associated Press is also reporting the Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey explaining their results indicated “Houston was a chronic cocaine user.”