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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.”

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George Zimmerman expected to be charged in Trayvon Martin’s death

Angela Corey, the special prosecutor investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, is scheduled to hold a 6 p.m. press conference in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday, where she is expected to charge George Zimmerman in the 17-year-old’s killing.
It’s not clear what the specific criminal charges will be. Corey’s office confirmed the press conference but did not elaborate on the details.
The announcement comes a day after Zimmerman’s attorneys said that they were dropping the case because their client had stopped communicating with them. On Sunday, Zimmerman launched a website seeking donations for his legal and living expenses.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, shot and killed Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., a gated community outside of Orlando. He told police he was attacked by Martin, and was acting in self-defense.
According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman’s arrest is also expected soon.
Earlier this week, Corey announced the case would not go to a grand jury.

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