We received this from Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago Chapter
Monday, June 10, 2013 is National Hoodie Day!
We Are All TRAYVON
The Whole Damn System is Guilty!
5:00 pm ~ Daley Plaza (Washington & Dearborn), Chicago
Rally and March: Join the march and join the struggle to stop racist murders of our youth!
On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin went out to buy some snacks at the nearby 7-Eleven. George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain in a small gated community in Sanford, Florida, was driving around in his SUV. Zimmerman called 911, saying Martin looked "real suspicious"-i.e., he was a young Black male, walking around in a hoodie.
The 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to pursue the youth. But Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin, got out of his car, and confronted him. Zimmerman was carrying a 9 mm handgun. Trayvon Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. There was yelling, then a gunshot. Trayvon Martin lay face down in the grass with a fatal bullet wound to the chest. Zimmerman was taken into custody, questioned, and released.
The murder of Trayvon Martin struck a deep nerve. There is a long history, and present day reality, of targets on the backs of young Black men. In the case of Trayvon Martin, people across the country said no f***ing way.
It was only after six weeks of mass protest that Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. His trial is set to start on June 10. It is crucial that people remember how they felt when this went down-and why they stepped out and into the streets-that the powers-that-be cannot get away with giving racist vigilantes a free pass to kill Black and Latino youth. The struggle is at a critical juncture-the system is pulling out all the stops to vilify the victim, Trayvon Martin, and let his killer go free. The outcome is not determined. People need to stay in the streets as George Zimmerman goes to trial, and not stop until there is justice. And we need to put an end to this.
Protest (and walkout) at schools nationwide; rally in communities; wherever you are wear the sticker, post the slogan, and put up signs declaring:
WE ARE ALL TRAYVON! THE WHOLE DAMN SYSTEM IS GUILTY!
Spread the effort with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events/353687191420065
Help spread the effort using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events/353687191420065
Chicago Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/109327149277741/
Download the We Are All Trayvon! Sticker Here!
Connect with the Global WE ARE ALL TRAYVON Facebook Event Page:
Invite all of your friends on Facebook to the event, and encourage them to do the same!
On Friday, June 7, be Part of a Twitter storm, aimed at making Trayvon Martin a trending topic worldwide. Use the following hash tags: #hoodiesup, #justice4trayvon
Use these hashtags to tweet the events - #hoodiesup and #justice4trayvon
For more information and to join in this struggle contact:
Stop Mass Incarceration Network ~ 312.933.9586
The National Stop Mass Incarceration Network twitter account is @stopmassincnet