Since Trayvon Martin’s death, numerous groups are expanding the dialogue on racial profiling, violence among American youth, and reforming Florida and other states’ “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws. If you would like to take steps to affect change or participate in the wider conversations, the following are groups, petitions, and upcoming events designed to grow support and foster practical action from a local to national level.
Trayvon Martin Foundation: Established by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in March 2012, this not-for-profit organization, under the auspices of the Miami Foundation, creates awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims, and provides support and advocacy for those families, in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Visit trayvonmartinfoundation.org
In Trayvon’s Name: The Dream Defenders, supported by the Advancement Project and the Florida NAACP, , have staged a sit-in at the Florida Capitol to get Gov. Rick Scott to call a special legislative session to examine factors contributing to Trayvon’s death, including the school-to-prison pipeline, racial profiling, and Stand Your Ground legislation. Support the group at petitions.moveon.org/sign/gov-scott-honor-the-memory. On Twitter, use #TAKEOVERFL
Racial Profiling: Opportunity Agenda has compiled an action kit that addresses racial profiling – opportunityagenda.org/in_trayvon_name
Repeal Shoot First Laws: Color of Change has created a petition demanding elected officials end all “Shoot First” laws – act.colorofchange.org/sign/shootfirst
National Action Network Rally
On August 24, Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network will gather at 8 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to stand together against the recent attack on voter rights, against Stand Your Ground and racial profiling. The group will march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Visit nationalactionnetwork.net
50th Anniversary March on Washington
On August 28, citizens assemble at 600 New Jersey Ave. in Washington, D.C. to reenact the historic march that will be led by the men and women who were at the original 1963 March on Washington. Visit 50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com
Contacting the Governor and Legislators:
Office of Governor Rick Scott
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Fla. 32399-0001
Sen. Greg Evers, District 2
209 E. Zaragoza St.
Pensacola, Fla. 32502-6048
Rep. Clay Ingram, District 1
11000 University Pkwy.
Pensacola, Fla. 32514-5732
Rep.-elect Mike Hill, District 2
611 N. New Warrington Road
Pensacola, Fla. 32506
Rep. Doug Broxson, District 3
Pensacola State College Milton Campus
Building 4000, Room 4013
5988 Hwy. 90
Milton, Fla. 32583-1713
Editor’s Note: An earlier version had incorrectly published that the League of Women Voters supported the Dream Defenders protest at the State Capitol. The organization does not.