LOS ANGELES, Every life is precious and we all matter. Its been nearly 72 hours since the verdict came down on Trayvon Martin’s case, and more than 400 days after he was killed in Sanford, Florida. And we still do not have justice.
It has been a difficult last few days at Community Coalition. Like many of you who have called or messaged us via email or Facebook, we share your pain and outrage. We are utterly heartbroken for Ms. Sybrina Fulton and Mr. Tracy Martin.
There are no words to describe our pain and anguish, but one thing we do know: fairness in our criminal justice system still eludes black and brown communities. A young boy has been stolen and taken from his parents and our criminal justice system has found him guilty of his own death, rather than the person who shot him.
We are in a defining moment. For many of our young people, most around Trayvon’s age, this is the first time they are getting involved in the politics of protest. They have offered a glimmer of hope. CoCo youth members have led non-violent peaceful protest at Leimert Park, hosted healing circles, and yesterday they led a heart to heart conversation with Mayor Eric Garcetti focused on providing solutions to make our neighborhoods safer. We are proud of them.
We invite you to come out this Friday July 19, from 6:00-7:30 pm, for a special event “Our Sons Matter” to discuss our reactions to the Trayvon verdict and develop next steps to move forward together. Please RSVP to Tyra Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you this Friday at our office (81st Street & Vermont Ave.)
President & CEO, Community Coalition
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