http://www.democracynow.org – Civil rights groups are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman after he was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. A petition launched by the NAACP gathered more than 225,000 signatures in the first few hours after Zimmerman was acquitted, temporarily causing the group’s website to crash. The Justice Department responded Sunday that it is continuing to evaluate evidence from an ongoing federal probe, as well as evidence from the state trial. We speak to the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Philip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders, a coalition of young people of color in Florida formed after Martin’s death. They have called for a “Takeover Tuesday” protest in Florida’s capital of Tallahassee on July 16. “I think we need to look at the environment that created a situation that grew a George Zimmerman and snuffed out a Trayvon Martin,” Agnew says. “The fact is, our society programs people to be afraid of young people — young people of color specifically.”
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Young Jeezy expressed the following:
I am in no way shape, form, or fashion am trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it.
It’s About to get Real Out here. #InTheNameOfJustice #ChicagoLovesYou
Humanity. Justice. Peace.
1,000’s of people gathered in downtown Chicago to fight for justice and freedom for Trayvon Martin. In this moment, no one had any hidden agenda. It didn’t matter if you were Caucasian, African American, Asian, Hispanic, etc. People coming together, as people, can truly make a difference and hopefully this video captured that essence.
I carry a Flip HD camera with me everyday because I never know when something inspirational may come my way. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to capture this historic moment with a bunch of strangers that seemed like family. No one judged you for being a different race, they embraced you to join the fight for peace.
If at all possible, please spread the word by sharing this video with your friends, colleagues and any media outlets you may have relationships with.
#JusticeForTrayvonMartin #StephonWatts & All of the others lives we have lost to senseless.