Trayvon Martin Foundation Free Community Youth Mentorship Seminar March 14th

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

 

Justice report finds systematic discrimination against African-Americans in Ferguson

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

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host Black History Month Reception - Salutes Trayvon Martin parents.

Three years after Trayvon Martin's killing, his mother meets Medgar Evers' widow

Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton

(CNN)When people are faced with overwhelming trauma in their lives, some become consumed by their difficulties, while others emerge stronger for it. In special circumstances, they may find their destiny, and seek to heal the world and make all of us stronger.

Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton are two great women whose achievements demand our attention. Although their personal stories are separated by five decades, these women share parallel lives. Thrust into a position of leadership for the greater good of society, they have used personal grief over the loss of a loved one to become agents for change. Read more

AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

Sybrina Fulton

MIAMI (AP) — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.

Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son's death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder.

"He took a life, carelessly and recklessly, and he shouldn't deserve to have his entire life walking around on the street free. I just believe that he should be held accountable for what he's done," Fulton said. Read more

MSNBC host hopes Trayvon Martin 'whooped the s--t out of George Zimmerman'

Statement - Federal Government Decision

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

President

 

Sybrina Fulton Ask God Why

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

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 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 

The rich own our democracy, new evidence suggests

 
Opinion: The rich own our democracy, new evidence suggests
 
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Two new studies by political scientists offer compelling evidence that the rich use their wealth to control the political system and that the U.S. is a democratic republic in name only, Sean McElwee writes. In a study of Senate voting patterns, Michael Jay Barber found that “senators’ preferences reflect the preferences of the average donor better than any other group.” In a similar study of the House of Representatives, Jesse H. Rhodes and Brian F. Schaffner found that “millionaires receive about twice as much representation when they comprise about 5 percent of the district’s population than the poorest wealth group does when it makes up 50 percent of the district.”
 
Read more:  Researchers find Congress more responsive to wealthy than poor

Iyanla Vanzant Delivers A Strong Message About Love, Forgiveness & Moving Forward

Iyanla Vanzant to speak at Remembrance Dinner

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.

Leaders Honored At Remembrance Dinner

Congresswomen Frederica Wilson

Congresswomen

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

Representative

 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. Roslyn Artis- President Florida Memorial University

President

 

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.

 

Dream Defenders

Next-Generation

The Dream Defenders develop the next generation of radical leaders to realize and exercise our independent collective power; building alternative systems and organizing to disrupt the structures that oppress our communities.

 

 

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American Communities

Seattle, the Unlikely Protest Capital of the West

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

Malcolm X

Baltimore police shoot, Taser a man in front of Trayvon Martin mural

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

Trayvon’s mother: ‘We’ve been waiting’ for word from feds

By Belinda Walker

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry sat down with outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder for an extensive interview Friday covering a variety of topics including the federal civil rights investigation into the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watchman.

George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in connection with the shooting, but the Justice Department is still investigating whether a civil rights violation took place. Historically, these are incredibly difficult cases for prosecutors to prove and many experts have said that federal charges in the case are unlikely. Holder told Melissa Harris-Perry, that he hopes to have the investigation resolved before he leaves office, which could be in a matter of weeks if congress confirms U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as his successor.  

“I will say there’s a report coming,” Holder told Harris-Perry. “But we will have to wait till it’s actually done and I have a chance to review it. But my hope is to get it done before the time I leave.”

Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton was a guest on Melissa Harris Perry’s show on Saturday and said she looked forward to the Justice Department’s report and some type of closure. “Well, we’ve been waiting over a year to hear something. We’ve been in contact with the Justice Department but we haven’t heard either way,” said Fulton.

Fulton was recognized on “The Melissa Harris Perry Show” as the “footsoldier of the week” for her continued activism in honor of her son. She reflected on whether race relations have improved in the three years since her son’s death.

“I absolutely am hopeful that things will change. We didn’t get into this situation overnight and I don’t believe we’re going to get out of it overnight. I know it’s going to take time but it’s not going to take fifty years,” said Fulton. 

On Saturday February 14th,  Fulton will be joined by community activists and other families who’ve lost children to gun violence for the annual Trayvon Martin Peace Walk and Peace Talk in Miami Gardens, Florida.

According to the website for The Trayvon Martin Foundation, “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.”

Martin’s 20th birthday would have taken place last Thursday on February 5th.

You can see more of Eric Holder’s comments on the Trayvon Martin case and other key issues Sunday on “The Melissa Harris Perry Show” at 10 am eastern.

Guns in schools: Most student shootings take place outside the classroom

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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. Thumbnail image for Guns in Schools: Gun control debate, stalled in DC, picks up in the statesThey 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

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 York City.

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

Alicia Keys "We are one" partners with TMF

Alicia Keys

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.

103-year-old voting rights activist attends State of the Union address

By WSFA 12 News Staff

 
Cameras panned to Boynton as President Obama mentioned Selma. (Source: NBC News)Cameras panned to Boynton as President Obama mentioned Selma. (Source: NBC News)
 
President Obama and Mrs. Boynton speak following the State of the Union (Source: Rep. Sewell's Facebook page)President Obama and Mrs. Boynton speak following the State of the Union (Source: Rep. Sewell's Facebook page)
 
Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)
 
Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)
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Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103, played a role in 1965's Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery in an effort to secure African-Americans' right to register and vote. 

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Some 50 years later, the voting rights activist attended President Barack Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and the nation.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama spoke about the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March and the right to vote.

“We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred; that it's being denied to too many; and that, on this 50th anniversary of the great march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we can come together, Democrats and Republicans, to make voting easier for every single American," the president said.

A year prior to the Selma to Montgomery March, Boynton was already making a name for herself. In 1964 she ran for Congress and pulled 10 percent of the vote in the district despite blacks only making up 1 percent of the voting population. Though she lost, her efforts were historic. She'd become the first woman and first African-American from Alabama to run for Congress.

Now, nearly half a century later, Boynton's attendance at the State of the Union address came in a special invitation from Rep. Terri Sewell, a fellow African-American female, who secured the seat Boynton once fought for. Sewell represents the people of Selma and Alabama's District 7 in Congress.  

“I feel as though Terri and I have a bond that cannot be broken..." Boynton says. "I am delighted that she invited me as her guest to hear our President give the State of the Union address. I appreciate the work of her entire staff and my assistants in Tuskegee who helped make my trip to Washington possible. I will forever remember this day." 

"Amelia Boynton challenged an unfair and unjust system that kept African Americans from exercising their constitutionally protected right to vote," Sewell says. "She paved the way for me to accomplish all that I have today, and her legacy should inspire us not to take any of our rights for granted.” 

The civil rights activist's accomplishments are immortalized in the recently produced, Oscar-nominated film, "Selma."

ON THE WEB: Amelia Boynton Robinson website

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

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Flavorwire-25 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2014

Sybrina Fulton

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

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 murderers.

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 murderers.

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 a monument 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 

Foundation Newsletter! (1st issue 3/1/2015)

Sybrina Fulton (Mother of Trayvon Martin) Read her Column "I didn't have a choice"
Tracy Martin - Circle of Fathers "Lead by example"
Troy E. Wright - New President/Executive Director

Trayvon Martin Foundation Prayer Breakfast - April  9, 2015 "Pastors Only"

Prayer Breakfast March 5th

American Communities - Find your City

Kristina Larry Esq, - Seattle

February 5th was Trayvon Martin's 20th Birthday $20 for his 20th.

Trayvon Martin Foundation Youth Empowerment & Solutions (YES) Conference                     July 30- August 1, 2015     Miami Florida

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