stand your ground

Before the killing of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood stalk-negroes-man George Zimmerman, most people had never even heard of “stand your ground” laws. Yet, they had been on the books in Florida for nearly seven years at the time Trayvon was killed for minding his own business while being Black.

Never try it with a Black mother, and most especially don’t try it with one who is a veteran lawyer and respected elected official. Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers caught the attention of the nation last week when she railed against the interruption of her Republican counterpart inside the chamber during a “Stand Your Ground” […]

A white man who shot and killed an unarmed Black man in Florida is now charged with manslaughter after attempting to fight the case via the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. Michael Drejka, who shot Markeis McGlockton in a parking lot, was booked today on the charges and his bond is set at $100,000.

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On Feb. 26, 2012, the high schooler was gunned down by George Zimmerman who was at the time a volunteer neighborhood watch captain.

This powerful and thought provoking editorial cartoon is courtesy of the Miami Herald‘s Jim Morin. It originally ran on February 13, 2014 and shows the deadly consequences of the stand-your-ground law in Florida. 

A Florida jury found Michael Dunn  guilty on four out of five charges Saturday (Feb. 15), stemming from the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn was found guilty on three counts of attempted murder and a single count of firing a gun into a vehicle, but the jury could not come to a conclusion on whether […]

Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman jailed after reportedly firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, has been freed from prison on bond based on certain conditions. Alexander is still awaiting trial in the “stand your ground” case, but she was able to spend the holidays with her children for the first time in three […]

Marissa Alexander, a jailed Florida woman who argued the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law as defense after firing a shot at her abusive husband, will now receive a new trial. An appeals court judge has decided to grant Alexander a new trial based on findings that the jury instructions on what stands as self-defense may […]

Trayvon Martin‘s shooting death last year in Florida sparked a number of nationwide debates surrounding racial profiling. Over the weekend, the NYPD’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactic was challenged by Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, who stated the practice unfairly targets people of color.

The world’s mixed reaction to the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict has shone a light on Marrissa Alexander, a Florida mom sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, Rico Gray. During a CNN interview Alexander spoke on the abuse she endured. “He choked me, he pushed me fully into the tub. He pushed […]

Even Stevie Wonder can see that the justice system let Trayvon Martin down. On Sunday (July 14), the renowned singer announced during a performance that he plans to boycott Florida or any other state that has “Stand Your Ground” laws.

A Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty. The group deliberated for several hours before coming to a conclusion Saturday (July 13).