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NAACP Releases ‘Trayvon’s Law’ Principles for State Legislative Advocacy

July 31, 2013  – In light of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the overwhelming national awareness around numerous issues surrounding this case, the NAACP has developed a set of policy principles called “Trayvon’s Law” which embody legislative responses that will greatly reduce the likelihood of another tragedy like the killing of Trayvon Martin. The principles of Trayvon’s Law are:

In addition, state advocates can include policies that aim to dismantle the school to prison pipeline – which are critical to keeping youth safe and in schools.

Click here for full the description of Trayvon’s Law.

NAACP President & CEO, Benjamin Todd Jealous, hopes this law will ignite a network of nationwide advocates:

“What happened to Trayvon Martin must never happen again,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Trayvon’s Law will serve as the foundation for community advocates as they work to end laws and practices that contributed to his death and to create new policy that will prevent future tragedies.”

Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director, says the law can build safer communities and end unfair practices:

“Trayvon’s Law provides a framework for activists to affect critical change in their states. If we can end practices like racial profiling and remove misguided ‘stand your ground’ laws from the books, we will make all community members safer.”

In Florida, the NAACP Florida State Conference and the Dream Defenders will advocate for their state to adopt Trayvon’s Law immediately. Their work could lead to the end to the “dangerous stand your ground” law that played a role in the acquittal of George Zimmerman for following, approaching, and killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin 16 months ago.

Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP Florida State Conference President, is working to get Trayvon’s Law at the forefornt of Florida’s legislative agenda:

“We will not rest until Trayvon’s Law is fully implemented in our state. From a civilian oversight board of police to best practices for community watch volunteers, we will demand that the Governor and our legislators move quickly to adopt these principles before we are faced with another tragedy.”

Justice for Trayvon: Parents to Meet with National Bar For Conference on Gun Violence



July 31, 2013 – In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are continuing their work to combat gun violence and inequalities in America.

Fulton and Martin are meeting with the National Bar Association as their annual conference in South Florida to discuss the justice system, voting rights and gun violence.

The association is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges.

In a statement released after Zimmerman was acquitted of Trayvon’s death, National Bar Association President John E. Page stated: “The verdict says an unarmed college-bound Black teen can be profiled, stalked, confronted and killed by an armed neighborhood watchman with hollow tip point bullets. We express our heartfelt condolences to Trayvon Martin‘s family on this tragic verdict. We also say ‘Enough is Enough — It is NOT OK to kill our youth.”

Later this week, Martin and Fulton will also speak during the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Kissimmee.

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