Associated Press Release
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- It's been one year since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in central Florida.
On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman spotted Martin walking through his neighborhood, a gated community, in Sanford. Martin was walking back to a house he was staying at in the community after a trip to a convenience store. Zimmerman started to follow him because he thought he looked suspicious. Despite a police dispatcher telling him "you don't have to do that," Zimmerman got out of his truck to pursue Martin.
They got into a fight, and Martin was shot.
Zimmerman was eventually charged with second-degree murder but has pleaded not guilty. He says Martin attacked him and that he shot the teen in self-defense. His trial is set for June.
Dream Defenders Release: Students, Youth and Community members to remember Trayvon Martin and demand an end to Stand Your Ground Law
WHAT: Dream Defenders chapters at FSU and FAMU will be holding a speakout and candlelight vigil on the one year anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death.
WHO: The FSU and FAMU chapters of Dream Defenders, a statewide organization directed by black and brown youth to address systemic issues while building our collective power. Special Guests at vigil: Attorney Charles Hobbs, Attorney Mutaqee Akbar and Representative Alan Williams, sponsor of HB 4009, the bill that would repeal the Stand Your Ground law.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 26th, at 3pm and 6pm on FSU and FAMU's campuses.
WHERE: Speakout at the FSU Integration Statues at 3pm and the Candlelight Vigil at FAMU's Eternal Flame at 6pm
WHY: Trayvon Martin, one year ago on February 26th, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, lost his life at the hands of George Zimmerman who is now using Stand Your Ground Law as a defense. Dream Defenders arose out of the movement after Trayvon's death, demanding justice for Trayvon but also the end to the war on black and brown youth.
Recently, Gov. Rick Scott's task force on Stand Your Ground ruled that the law itself isn't an issue. However, Dream Defenders disagrees and is calling for the repeal of Stand Your Ground legislation.
Students at FSU will be speaking out on their feelings about the legislation, their feelings on the state of black and brown youth one year after the death of Trayvon Martin. At FAMU, students and community members will be holding a candlelight vigil at the Eternal Flame on FAMU's campus to remember Trayvon Martin but as well, all those who have lost their lives due to racism and prejudice.
Dream Defenders has local chapters in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville and Tallahassee on college campuses and in communities working on a statewide school-to-prison pipeline campaign, as well as local campaigns spanning from: private prison divestment, voter's rights restoration and legalization for all.
These areas of focus combine to make up the Dream Defenders "Dream Agenda" for the upcoming legislative session in the state of Florida, which Dream Defenders plans on unveiling on March 5th, the first day of Florida Legislative session.