In a continued effort to support our community the Trayvon Martin Foundation is set to hold a Youth Enrichment and Mentoring Seminar. The seminar will take place Saturday March 14th at Florida Memorial University. This is all a part of a greater plan to let the Foundations actions speak louder than words.
“We are dedicated to making sure we protect our youth and let them know we care about their future” said Tracy Martin founder.
The needs documented at the global and national level parallel those at the local and community level in Miami. Of particular concern to Miami Dade County are also the needs and problems of the Miami Gardens area. Miami Gardens is a high risk environment for juvenile violence, crime and drug use. This city’s violent crime rate was higher than the violent crime rate in Florida by 77.64% and is also the highest incidence of shooting deaths among black males in the 15-19 age group in the State of Florida.
“It is important to let people know “We live in South Florida” and are deeply concerned about what happens here. We are committed to reducing violence and making our home a better place to live.” said Sybrina Fulton founder -mother of Trayvon Martin.
Violence falls most heavily on ethnic minority males and occurs often in urban areas. Homicide is the No. 1 cause of death for black men 15-24 years old and 2nd leading for Hispanic 18-24. Another disturbing fact is that a large percentage of Hispanic homicide victims are young. The FBI data shows that 41 percent of Hispanic homicide victims in 2011 were age 24 and younger. In comparison, 40 percent of black homicide victims and 22 percent of white homicide victims fell in that age group.
Multiple risk factors have been identified as placing youth at risk for committing violent crimes. These interrelated risk factors which are associated with intergenerational poverty, unemployment, homelessness, school problems and drop-outs, domestic violence, child abuse, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, delinquency and crime, are evident in the targeted community.
The proposed future project has four goals including (1) to improve academic performance; (2) to prevent violent acts among youth participating in the program; (3) to improve cultural pride and bi-cultural understanding of participating youth in the program; and (4) to improve education and services for parents participating in the program.
“Talking is important but providing meaningful education and programs for parents and children is part of the solution. We must take action now and not rely on others to do what we can do in our own back yard” said Troy E. Wright President
The Trayvon Martin Foundation will establish an Advisory Committee to assist with the oversight of the projected prevention programs. The committee will help identify resources necessary to carry out program activities and to fill gaps in services where it exist. The Advisory board meets quarterly to discuss issues pertaining to the goal and to provide resources specifically in the areas of training and facility needs. If you would like to be a part of the committee please contact Troy@Trayvonmartinfoundation.org
WASHINGTON — Ferguson, Mo., is a third white, but the crime statistics compiled in the city over the past two years seemed to suggest that only black people were breaking the law. They accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of tickets and 93 percent of arrests. In cases like jaywalking, which often hinge on police discretion, blacks accounted for 95 percent of all arrests.
The racial disparity in those statistics was so stark that the Justice Department has concluded in a report scheduled for release on Wednesday that there was only one explanation: The Ferguson Police Department was routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black residents. Read More
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.
Congresswomen Frederica Wilson district—is a majority African-American district that includes the southern parts of Broward County and the eastern parts of Miami-Dade County. Included within the district are Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar, and North Miami. She gained national attention in early 2012 as a result of her high-profile comments on the killing of Trayvon Martin, who was a constituent of hers and whose family she knew personally.
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 109th district. She was elected to the House in 2000 and reelected in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Term limits forced her to leave the legislature in 2009; she was replaced by James Bush III.Dr. Bendross-Mindingall currently serves on the Miami-Dade county school board for district.
Dr. Artis was recently appointed unanimously by the Board as the13th President of Florida Memorial University. She is the first woman President in the University’s history. During her short stint as Acting President at Florida Memorial University, Dr. Artis has provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the University family at all levels. She has become well-acclimated to the South Florida community, and has been appointed to multiple community and corporate boards and associations, increasing involvement and exposure of the University.
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
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 groups.
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