At Tenured Radical we, like so many others, are appalled and heartbroken at last night’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in murder of Trayvon Martin. Between Shelby v. Holder and this travesty, it feels like we are spinning back in time.
To find a rally or Trayvon Martin protest near you, log on to Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #NoJustice or #HoodiesUp. Hat tip.
To join the NAACP, go here. (Update: be patient. The site is moving very slowly today, undoubtedly a direct outcome of the slow pace of delayed justice for the Martin family.)
To find your Congressperson to demand justice for Trayvon, go here.
To give money to The Brotherhood-SisterSol, a New York City community organization that organizes youth of color against racism, sexism, homophobia and violence, go here.
To call, write and email the Department of Justice to demand the reactivation of the federal civil rights investigation suspended after the Zimmerman indictment, go here.
To find out what you need to read as a white person to organize against racism, start here (thank you for this list, Eric Arneson.) To learn why white women like you and the Trayvon Martin jurors have a special obligation to address the history of racial violence against African-American men, go here. And while you are at it, read Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s history of the Southern white women’s anti-lynching movement in the 1920s and 1930s, Revolt Against Chivalry.
To learn more about what people are doing to organize against NRA-sponsored laws like Stand Your Ground that encourage vigilantism, go here.