Peace Walk / Peace Talk February 14th 9:00am - 12:00pm Remembrance Dinner 15th 2015- 5:00pm
Peace Walk will begin at Miami Carol City Park, Remembrance Dinner will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel
The Trayvon Martin Peace Walk and Peace Talk will be held Saturday February 14th 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fl. The Peace Walk and Peace
Talk is an annual community event. Participants include youth, community activists, faith leaders, celebrities and families who have lost a child to senseless violence who walk together in
solidarity. The gathering is a testament to the right that all people should be able to walk freely without being pursued, chased, profiled or shot and killed on their streets.
The Peace Talk engages the community in a discussion of ideas/experiences and possible plans of action to empower youth and curtail violence and is a
result of families rising up and choosing to serve, love and to connect regardless of what predicaments or situations they face in their communities. The Talk will boast an amazing lineup of
community and faith leaders along with celebrities who attended to take part in the discussion.
This commitment to service and connection is the foundation of our work. It is what heals hearts, unites communities and empowers youth to become compassionate leaders in their homes, schools and
communities. (Register) .
Remembrance Dinner February 15th 2015 - Please join Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin for the Trayvon Martin
Remembrance Dinner. This occassion is an annual event to commemorate the life of Trayvon Martin and to raise public awareness of profiling, the impact of violent crime, senseless violence on the
families of the victims and the impact of violence on our communities. The Remembrance Dinner is also designed to celebrate life, progress and Foundation supporters who want change. Please come and
share this occasion in remembrance, and inspire our youth to lead us to a better future. (Purchase Tickets). For Sponsorship Package
The Trayvon Martin Foundation Announce New President/Executive Director
Troy E. Wright
"I believe if you provide our children with an education, they will think their way to prosperity instead of the land of discontent."
The Trayvon Martin Foundation is pleased to announce Mr. Troy E. Wright as the new President / Executive Director. Mr. Wright’s ability to grow corporations and sincere desire to provide
inspiration through education is well documented.
As the former Vice President of Experience Hendrix (Family of Jimi Hendrix) it was Mr. Wright, along with Hendrix’s father and relatives who battled for 2 ½ years to regain the rights of Jimi
Hendrix and control 100% of name, likeness, and image for his estate worth millions of dollars. More recently Mr. Wright served as the Corporate Education Liaison at Florida National University where
he established relationships between the University, businesses, and the local community.
Mr. Wright made history by founding the Washington State Mass Choir and becoming the first choir in Washington history to reach the Billboard Top 40. Mr. Wright not only produced a Stellar Award
winning record (Kenny Smith "If There's No You") and Billboard #12 single (Eboni Foster "Crazy For You" but he also served as lead consultant for the Grammy Award winning documentary “Band of
Since Mr. Wright’s arrival in South Florida he has dedicated his life to providing mentorship and inspiration in the community. Mr. Wright serves on seven Miami-Dade community boards including:
Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, the African American Advisory Council, and he is the Vice President of the Higher Education Partnership of South Florida. He has established over 45 scholarships
in Miami-Dade County.
When Mr. Wright is not serving the community he spends his time as a mentor for Big Brothers Big sisters, writing the biography of China Valles (Florida’s first Jazz radio announcer), and being a
devoted father to his four sons “Father of the Year” as voted by a Seattle women’s organization. President Initiative
Alicia Keys "We are one" partners with TMF
Recently superstar Alicia Keys agreed to partner with the Trayvon Martin Foundation to fight injustice. In an interview with The New York Times' Nicholas
Kristof, Keys shared that she wanted to do the campaign for a more peaceful world. She started with the photograph to gain attention before continuing with other projects such as petitions, rallies
and fundraising event. "It's time to get people's attention. People won't be able to ignore this visual," she said. "We're in the same head space.
We think the same things. This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?"
Keys said of campaigning for the good cause. To start it, Keys has pledged a $1 million donation which was distributed to 12 specific organizations and urged fans to make donations to the
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Takes Powerful Step To Discuss Race With Employees
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
According to the Huffington Post - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging the company's 191,000 employees to talk about race in America and other issues raised by police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New
Schultz last week called an impromptu employee
meeting at the company’s headquarters in Seattle. The more than 400 employees who attended were initially unaware of the agenda. Read more
103-year-old voting rights activist attends State of the Union address
New Bill Would Make Wearing Hoodies A Crime - Humm...who are they targeting?
According to Thinkprogress.com, Oklahoma lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill this February that would make it illegal to wear hooded sweatshirts, or “hoodies,” in
public, according to a report from Oklahoma’s Channel 6 News.
Republican Senator Don Barrington will introduce the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to “wear a mask, hood, or covering” either while
committing a crime or in order to intentionally conceal one’s identity. If the bill is passed, offenders would be subject to a fine of $50 to $500, and up to one year in jail. The ban would not
affect mask-wearers on Halloween or at masquerade parties, nor would it apply to people who wear head coverings for religious purposes. read more
Flavorwire-25 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2014
Trayvon Martin’s mom
represents all the women who have stepped in and organized for the #BlackLivesMatter protests, from Ferguson to both coasts. This is becoming a new wave of the Civil Rights Movement. In a letter to
Mike Brown’s mother and family this summer, Fulton wrote, “If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us. Some will mistake that last statement as being negatively provocative. But
feeling us means feeling our pain; imagining our plight as parents of slain children. We will no longer be ignored.” -Flavorwire - Read more
Spoken Word: Poet Antonio Taylor Performs For Sybrina Fulton In Honor Of Her Son Trayvon Martin!
White-on-white murder in America is out of control
Picture by Joe Raedle
VOX - "Blacks represent 13% of the population but commit 50% of the murders; 90% of black victims are murdered by other blacks," writes
Time's Joe Klein, calling for "provocative" thinking on race in America. "The facts suggest that history is not enough to explain this social disaster."
Yet the disturbing truth, according
to the FBI's most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a
staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.
This is not to say that white people areinherently prone to violence. Most whites, obviously, manage to get through life without murdering anyone. And
there are many countries full of white people — Norway, Iceland, France, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — where white people murder each other at a much lower rate than you see here in
the United States. On the other hand, although people often see criminal behavior as a symptom of poverty, the quantity of murder committed by white people specifically in the United States casts
some doubt on this. Per capita GDP is considerably higher here than in France — and the white population in America is considerably richer than the national average — and yet we have more white
To understand the level of cultural pathology at work here, it's important to understand that 36 percent of those killed by whites are women — a far higher share than you see with black
Clearly, the social disaster of white violence has complicated roots. But the beginning of an answer is to admit that we have a problem. It's striking that President Obama, who's frequently found
time to comment
on the height of black men's waistlines, seems oblivious to this torrent of white killing. To be fair to the White House, however, it would be uniquely
difficult for Obama to address this delicate issue. The real tragedy is that none of Obama's 43 white predecessors have addressed it either. Indeed, looking back on America's political
iconography, there are disturbing trends toward the glorification of white violence. Peer inside the US Capitol building, and you'll find
to Confederate President Jefferson Davis — the leader of an insurgency that caused an unprecedented quantity of violent white deaths.
But whatever the causes or past mistakes, the important thing is to confront this important subject in the future. As we look ahead to a 2016 matchup that should give us two Euro-American major party
nominees for the first time in a decade, perhaps America can finally get the debate about white violence it deserves.Updated by Matthew