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Tracie Morris suggested these actions:

What to do to tangibly affect the George Zimmerman killing of Trayvon Martin and the aftermath?

1. Call/write stations and letters to the editor when they publish commentary that is deceptive, biased or inflammatory about this case. Respond.
2. Support alternative media and alternative coverage to the case. Link to it, talk about it, subscribe to it. Disseminate it. Don’t simply rely on mainstream outlets to frame the discussion around it and be sure to check your source and their source on anything relating to the substance of this case and/or upcoming cases.
3. Ask your elected officials (local and national) what they think about the case and how they feel the concerns of people who see Martin’s killing as emblematic of danger against people of color. Make that connection for them.
4. Call the Justice department and tell them that you support the reopened investigation of the case on civil rights grounds.
5. Engage with others who are not familiar with the case or who wouldn’t generally go to a rally, etc. The more the info. gets out there, the better. Sometimes those who aren’t known as activists, etc. make as strong, if not a stronger impression than those who are. Sometimes we more vocal ones are dismissed. Doesn’t mean we should be quiet but we shouldn’t be alone.
6. Refer to other news stories that come up next week, next month, next year to this particular case, irrespective as to how the future cases may turn out. Everything is connected. That’s one of the reasons why this verdict resonates with us so much. We know that Trayvon Martin is part of a much, much bigger picture that encompasses the past, present and future issue of racial justice in the US.
7. Donate money to the family for their civil suit. They need it.
8. The Special Prosecutor of the case, Angela Corey has a horrifying track record (see below). She prevented a grand jury from convening in the case even though her predecessor requested one for April 10. She was appointed by current Gov. Rick Scott as SP and elected in 2008. The verdict in the Martin/Zimmerman case is typical of the way she allows for certain laws to be interpreted/used in criminal cases. She sided against Marissa Alexander to use SYG and was instrumental in insuring that Alexander received the maximum sentence of 20 years. (You may remember her as the woman who fired a warning shot against her previous attacker and got 20 years in prison for it. No Stand Your Ground for her.) Corey needs to be fired/removed from office/resign. She clearly has an agenda and is biased. She is up for election again in 2016.
9. The judge of the case, requested by Zimmerman’s folks and elected by Jeb Bush, is Debra Nelson. She comes up for election in 2019. She needs to be replaced by a more progressive judge. She disallowed for a possible manslaughter 3 conviction and also denied Marissa Alexander a new trial. This is long term stuff. The election is only 6 years away.
10. ALEC needs to be disbanded as a body and their enacted laws made transparent. Who were the legislators that participated? What’s their voting record? ALEC got Zimmerman’s team hired. They do not like the light. Who is still affiliated with that organization?
11. Support Melissa Alexander and her case. It’s a mirror to Trayvon Martin’s case and needs to be on the front burner. Her conviction needs to be overturned somehow. That will only happen through activist political pressure.
12. Highlight other cases where the circumstances are comparable to the Zimmerman case and note any disparities that demonstrate civil rights issues.
13. Be creative. Use your intellectual, cultural, pedagogical, creative energy to shed light on this case, future cases, and the larger societal issues they relate to. You can talk and you can do all sorts of other stuff too. Don’t just use the rally and even FB to feel better and then go on to other things. Keep it in the atmosphere.
14. If you can’t do everything, do something on this list, and others like it. Don’t get overwhelmed into passivity, complacency. Good luck to you and wishing you success and for all of us, a better world.

Kenji Liu posted this outstanding poem:

Elegy for Kimani Gray  16 Years Old 

 
Sharp tenure of boots in this callow country
grown from open skulls. A raw harvest of bullet casings

arranged in a perfect ring around you,

     ruthless departure gate from your too-short life.

Old bricks laid on mud, on ancient bones.

     A crooked wall that slithers in all directions, into all of us.

In the subway station, your hymnal of hail,
audible through the sagging window pane, and

the hushed light of a penny keeping to itself,
away from the wicked maledictions of trigger fingers.

This ending is the middle, halfway between genesis
and the great throwing open of all our secretive vaults.

Bullet one, entitled to flesh and the sin of pride.

      Two more in thrall to the scent of a black body. With ordersfrom their gods, they plow your emptied land.

     Still more, cloaked against simple pleas of muscle and bone.The last bullet, addicted to death’s sharp edges,

      cracks your final seal. Your murder, a cage we have seen before.

No more. Hold every lucid moment close, so that
its delicate turbulence does not escape your accounting.Those who have mispledged to protect will never
own this moment. It is yours alone, whether they pierce

mesh with metal or lies. You are not theirs.
only yours alone. Your bright eyes open again and again,

fireflies in their factory of dark rituals. Traveling

      the undiscovered country, you are : finally : every last breath.
kenji
-Kenji Liu
Used by permission. http://blogthisrock.blogspot.com/2013/05/poem-of-week-kenji-liu.html
Kenji Liu  (www.kenjiliu.com) is a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey. A Pushcart Prize nominee and first runner-up finalist for the Poets & Writers 2013 California Writers Exchange Award, his writing has appeared in numerous journals, including RHINO Poetry, Generations, Eye to the Telescope, Ozone Park Journal, Kweli Journal, Doveglion Press, Best American Poetry’s blog, Kartika Review, Lantern Review, and others. His poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes was nominated for a 2009 California Book Award. A three-time VONA alum and recipient of residencies at Djerassi and Blue Mountain Center, he is working on a full-length poetry book. He lives in California.
Kenji’s website is here: http://www.kenjiliu.com/
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