Friday, April 6, 2012


Trayvon Martin March and
Rally!!! Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Seattle King County
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)Mount Zion
Baptist ChurchNo New Jim Crow in Seattle Campaign-CoalitionArtwork by
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski...
Martin Luther King, Jr. County Justice for Trayvon Martin Committee

*We ask the public for assistance in bringing personal video cameras and media devices to independently document the day of events*Rally at 3:00pmWe will gather at the North corner of 19th and Madison. March at 3:30pm toWestlake Park401 Pine
Street Seattle, WA 98101Enough is enough. The calls for justice must
spread.Following the news these days is like witnessing a parade of
horrors. Trayvon Martin, Shaima Alawadi and others are the latest victims of a
deeply bigoted society, and their killings are the bitter fruits of the most
recent trends in institutional racism.On March 14, a few weeks after
Trayvon's murder, police in Del City, Okla., killed Dane Scott Jr., an
18-year-old Black man, after pulling him over for a traffic stop. Scott--who the
cops say was armed when they killed him, although no weapon has been
produced--was shot in the back by police. He is among the latest African
Americans killed by police this year, in a long list that includes Ramarley
Graham in New York City, and Stephon Watts and Rekia Boyd in
Chicago.Then came the murder of Shaima Alawadi on March 21, one week
after Dane Scott Jr. died.The mother of five was viciously beaten into
unconsciousness with a tire iron in her home in El Cajon, Calif. She died five
days later after being removed from life support. According to Shaima's
daughter, who discovered her mother's body, the killer left a note near Shaima,
an Iraqi Muslim who wore a hijab, which read in part, "Go back to your country,
you terrorist."Michelle Alexander had this powerful call to
action:"Is this 1962 or 2012? The fact that the Justice Department has
to step in and investigate a vigilante killing of a black teenager -- because
the local authorities refuse to arrest the killer -- is more than a little
reminiscent of an era we supposedly left behind.People have been asking
me "what can I do besides sign online petitions?" There's a whole lot people can
do. We've got to get serious about consciousness-raising and organizing in our
communities.We've got to move beyond these bursts of outrage in response
to travesties of justice (think Troy Davis, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon
Martin) and awaken to the reality that Jim Crow justice is alive and
well.These aren't isolated, disconnected events. Use this tragedy to
start a broader conversation in your school, your place of worship, your
workplace, or your community center, about what is necessary to end this new Jim
Crow system -- a system that our nation keeps pretending doesn't really
exist.Honor Trayvon's memory by challenging yourself to do more -- to
make a real commitment to join or begin a movement for justice right where you
are, wherever you are. Outrage is not enough."

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