Highlands Today staff report
Published: June 24, 2015 | Updated: June 24, 2015 at 04:47 PM
SEBRING — The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office has hired its first black female patrol deputy.
On Wednesday, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton conduced a swearing in ceremony for Nicole Brown, a recent graduate of South Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Academy.
Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. She began her career as a teacher of elementary autism classes at the Wingate Oaks School in Fort Lauderdale. This position led to an opportunity to become a clinical therapist at the Avon Park Youth Academy.... Read More
The Trayvon Martin Foundation sends its condolences to the families, congregation and loved ones in Charleston South Carolina victimized by senseless violence. There is no room for hatred or racism in this world.
We pray God gives you peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of the storm. We also pray God continues to heal your hearts with his love. - Troy E. Wright Executive Director.
Tuesday June 9th the Trayvon Martin Foundation co-founder Sybrina Fulton was honored by Mayor Enid Weissman (City of Aventura) for her diligence and work with the Circle of Mothers and endeavor to prevent senseless violence.
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Action: Real men showing up to Save Our Sons.....
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Three (3) days with some of the most social, historic and legendary women in America.
Circle of Mothers with special guest speakers Congresswomen Frederica Wilson, Maxine Waters & Corrine Brown. #CircleofMothers
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Sybrina Fulton created the Circle of Mothers as a way to empower women. The purpose of the Circle of Mothers is to bring together mothers who have lost children or family members to senseless gun violence for the purpose of healing, empowerment, and fellowship toward the larger aim of community building. This will be done by:
1. Providing an opportunity for mothers who have experienced the loss of children to senseless gun violence to engage in experiential restoration activities that will equip them to self-manage their coping and healing process.
2. Bringing together a group of women from communities nationwide who are natural stakeholders to engage in a simplified strategic planning session for the Circle of Mothers program to prevent violent deaths in communities nationwide and heighten awareness about how violent crimes impact society.
3. Opening a national dialogue and form a national program agenda for the empowerment of mothers as community change agents.
This year’s stellar group of honorees is impressive. They range from several corporate directors, community leaders, several of South Florida’s top attorneys, Public officials and several successful entrepreneurs.
"At Legacy South Florida, we pride ourselves in showcasing the best and brightest stars in our community. Their accomplishments inspire us and their commitment to serving others is the cornerstone of their power," said Publisher Dexter Bridgeman.
The star studded event was packed with eager and excited recipients who graciously received an award. In addition to the Trayvon Martin Foundation being honored as “Community Organization of the Year”, both Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton Co-founders of the Trayvon Martin Foundation received the well-deserved awards as the “50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2015”
“The Trayvon Martin Foundation has a great team of inspired leaders who are serious about finding solutions. I am so happy the Foundation is being recognized and equally as happy to see Tracy and Sybrina acknowledged individually for the work they do in the community and across the nation.” said Troy E. Wright Foundation President
Throughout history, many recording artist and entertainers felt a responsibility to help others trying to change the world. However, last week in an emotional gesture, the true creative talent and philanthropist Alicia Keys new movement "We Are Here" put their money where their heart is by donating an undisclosed sum of money to the Trayvon Martin Foundation (TMF).
“Wherever we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. Since I co-founded Keep a Child Alive 11 years ago, I have seen firsthand the impact we can have when we come together. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “We can Be the Change we want to see in the world.” We ALL have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard. That is why I created “WE ARE HERE” because, it’s not about me. It’s about WE.” Said Alicia Keys
The "We Ae Here" donation will help the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s aggressive mission to make an impact in the lives of youth and not let the name of Trayvon Martin be forgotten.
“Alicia Keys is an incredible women. It brings me to tears to know there are great people like Mrs. Keys who really care about our youth. The "We Are Here" donation will help us toward our goal to change lives by offering educational opportunities, social skills and financial literacy programs. We are determined to make a difference.” Said Troy E. Wright -Trayvon Martin Foundation President
Currently the TMF is establishing 20 scholarships in 20 cities for inner-city youth and launching a National Youth Empowerment and Solutions (Y.E.S) conference "Teen Summit". The conference (October 22, 23, 24th) will be led by college and high schools students to discuss and find solutions that plague them. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of youth from across the nation.
Also, led by co-founder Sybrina Fulton, (Mother of Trayvon Martin) the foundation will embrace mothers who have lost a child to senseless violence by uniting on May 22, 23 for a Circle of Mothers event. Co-founder Tracy Martin will host a Save Our Sons event later this year.
In addition, the TMF is rooted in the community by offering workshops and seminars for inner-city youth to provide instruction, guidance and education.
If you would like to join philanthropist who are dedicated to creating positive change. Please contact Troy E. Wright to make a donation and change the world.
Creating opportunities for Seattle youth to achieve success in higher education and themselves.
Seattle, WA – April 8, 2015: Troy E. Wright President of The Trayvon Martin Foundation (TMF) selected Seattle as one of the recipient cities of the 20 scholarships in 20 cities initiative by 2016. One of the goals of The Foundation is to provide education opportunities to inner-city youth. This was accomplished by establishing partnerships with community, state, and private colleges as well as grassroots organizations.
"This is a great day, I am happy the foundation will be able to assist in changing lives in Seattle." Said Troy E. Wright
The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin parents of Trayvon Martin in March 2012 as a not-for-profit organization under the auspices of the Miami Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts our world and to provide support, advocacy and education to inner-city families. The TMF President will make a formal announcement of the Initiative and introduce their local community partners, Extraordinary Futures, Young Urban Authors and You Grow Girl!, who have been selected to launch the Seattle Network for the Education Initiative at the Seattle’s Justice and Peace Mixer on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at
the Columbia City Gallery.
Proceeds raised from this event will go towards sending representatives from the Seattle Network as well as twenty Seattle youth to Miami, Florida for the upcoming Youth Empowerment & Solutions (Y.E.S.) Conference October 22-24, 2015 and provide scholarships to Seattle youth. For more information on the Initiative visit www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org/education/. To learn more about attending the event, sponsorship opportunities or Seattle Network partners visit www.yougrowgirl.org/Trayvon or info@Trayvonmartinfoundation.org
On a Saturday morning when most youth are trying to sleep in, youth from all across Miami-Dade and Broward County converged on the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
In a capacity crowd, a message of deliverance through empowerment resonated through the building and allowed the youth to find solutions.
“ It’s about time someone is not only listening to what we have to say, but actually are coming up with solutions to help us.” said one 15 year old participant.
Leading the charge were co-founders Tracy Martin & Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon) and new President Troy E. Wright to assure the youth felt free to speak their mind. Other speakers included Miami-Dade Police Department - Knowing Your Rights, Broward County Police on Communicating with Law Enforcement, Hope Bucaman & Nigil Wright -Conflict Resolution/Bullying, Amir Youseff – Diversity, Jasmine Wright- Social Media, Tracy Martin & Derrek Stewart – Values, Sybrina Fulton – Goal Setting, and Troy E. Wright – Self-Esteem.
“When we take action and do what we say were going to do, some people are surprised, but we are serious about helping out youth” said Tracy Martin.
The Community Youth Mentorship Seminar started at 9:00am, ended at 3:00pm and offered free snacks and lunch.
“I am so happy we can provide mentorship, they are our future” said Sybrina Fulton
In addition to other community and national seminars The Trayvon Martin Foundation will do these type of event every quarter. The goal is to get funding to do this on a daily basis and show there outcomes work.
“Our youth deserve more than what they have been given so for. We want to change the world and provide Social Skill training, Financial Literacy programs, Parenting courses and National conversations like the National Youth Empowerment & Solutions conference we will be hosting in October. So if people ask why we need donations, they will clearly see we mean action.” Said Troy E. Wright President.
BURLINGTON TWP. -- Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin -- the black teenager killed after a confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012 -- visited Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday for a prayer gathering.
Martin, after the event, said he had heard about the fatal police-involved shooting of Jerame Reid -- the 36-year-old man shot and killed by Bridgeton police officers on Dec. 30.
Martin said communities throughout the country are all fighting various battles for justice and social equality.
Bridgeton City residents have gathered for two protest marches since Reid's death. When asked what message he had for the residents in Bridgeton seeking their own justice following a loss, he said though he supports protesting, it cannot stop there.
"I am a firm believer in protesting, but what you
He called the prayer gathering a "meeting of the minds."
"Where we look for strength and guidance," he said.
He added: "We are on a mission to educate against gun violence, gun laws and mandatory programs of 20-year sentences."
Tracy Martin, father of the slain black teenager Trayvon Martin, hugging an attendee of a men's prayer gathering at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday, March 7, 2015, where Martin discussed issues affecting the black community and the solutions needed to accomplish social change.
Spencer Kent | South Jersey Times
Martin's visit not only follows the recent protest rally for Reid, but the recent report by the U.S. Department of Justice that found evidence of racial prejudice in the police and courts in Ferguson, Missouri.
Martin also talked about the role of family and called on fathers to take on a more active role in their children's lives.
Many fathers and sons went up to Martin after the gathering to speak with him or to just give him a hug. His perseverance in dealing with tragedy had a positive affect on the men in attendance on Saturday.
Brian Cirkey, 48, of Camden and his 12-year-old son Joseph, were among those who approached Martin after the gathering.
"We wanted to come out to support a man who took a tragedy and inspire others. I wanted my son to take notice of that," Brian Cirkey said.
February 24, 2015
On behalf of Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation we would like to thank the Federal Government for an extensive and thorough investigation in the civil inquiry against George Zimmerman.
We would also like to thank the millions of people around the world who have supported us through prayer and vigilance. Your letters of love and encouragement at times helped mend our broken hearts and made the difference in finding solace in dark times.
Although we are disappointed in the Government findings, we remain poised to do everything in our power to make sure that senseless violence is eradicated and no parent or community has to go through what we’ve had to endure on a daily basis.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation is dedicated to finding solutions to social injustice, protecting our youth, and empowering those who demand justice and peace.
No one, regardless of race, religion, or gender should ever have to suffer being victimized because of ignorance, profiling, or bigotry.
We must never forget what happened to Trayvon Martin. His tragic death has triggered a resilience in people who refuse to be ignored, mistreated, or disrespected.
The issue is not just a police, black, or white problem. But an issue of respect, consideration, and love for each other who may look, act, or speak differently. It is time for us to soul search and decide what we want this world to look like for our children and make a change starting today.
Therefore, stand with us who believe we can make a positive change. Stand with us who love our country and demand peace for all people. Stand with us who want to find solutions to heal our land so we all can live in harmony.
Troy E. Wright
Sybrina Fulton (Mother of Trayvon Martin) makes a heartfelt appeal for every man, women, boy and girl to make a difference to positively change our world.
By Dan Berger @authordanberger - Aljazeera America
Fifty years ago today, assassins killed black power activist Malcolm X during a speech to the Organization for Afro-American Unity at New York City’s Audubon Ballroom. Although they ended the life of one of the 20th century’s most dynamic leaders, they did not kill his impact. His insights into racism and freedom are as necessary today as when he first spoke them. A half-century after his murder, Malcolm X may still be one of our best guides for making sense of American racism, the evil that once again roils the country in unrest. More
"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 Gypsies”.
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
Iyanla Vanzant joined Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin for the Trayvon Martin Remembrance Dinner. The occassion commemorated 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. This years special guest will be Iyana Vanzant deliverd a priceless message of love, forgiveness and moving forward. The Remembrance Dinner also celebrated life, progress and Foundation supporters who want change.
Seattle is not the city you think of when it comes to racial tensions. But surprisingly the home of Microsoft, Starbucks, and a 70% white population is brimming with a culture of individuals dedicated to protecting the rights of minorities in America today. In the wake of the Ferguson and Garner grand jury decisions hundreds took to the Seattle streets with rally cries of “No Justice, No Peace”, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”, and “I can’t breathe”. They staged “die-ins” all around the city causing stores to close and traffic to back up. These protest spanned multiple nights and raised the question… Read More
A man was left in critical condition on Sunday after Baltimore police shot and Tasered him in front of a mural commemorating Trayvon Martin – the Florida teenager killed by self-styled neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012.
The Baltimore Police Department said the encounter began when two officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the midst of the city's Upton and Sandtown-Winchester neighborhoods, according to the Baltimore Sun. Law enforcement did not elaborate on how incident unfolded, but Col. Garnell Green said police did attempt to use a Taser on the man before a gun was used. Read more
Fewer than 2 percent of student homicides happen at school, and students face far greater risk at home and outdoors
Al Jazeera - On Jan. 16, only about 20 minutes apart, shootings marred what would have been otherwise normal Friday evening basketball games at high schools in Mobile, Alabama, and Ocala, Florida. A student was shot and injured in each case; both survived. They were the 49th and 50th shootings at K–12 schools in the U.S. — calculated by Al Jazeera as incidents in which a gun discharges on school property and a student or teacher is involved but not police — since the December 2012 massacre of 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. more
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