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National Hoodie Day – June 10, 2013: Justice for Trayvon!

National Hoodie DayWe Are All Trayvon - The Whole Damn System Is Guilty!

June 10, 2013

We Are All Trayvon!

The Whole Damn System is Guilty!

Chicago Action

5pm • Daley Plaza

(Washington & Dearborn)

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 fucking 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!

Help spread the effort using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

#hoodiesup #justicefortrayvon

For more information and to join in this struggle contact:
Stop Mass Incarceration Network Chicago • 312.933.9586
StopMassIncarcerationChicago@gmail.com

facebook.com/SMINChicago

National Website: http://www.stopmassincarceration.org/

New York: stopmassincarceration@gmail.com • 347-979-7646

Los Angeles: StopMassIncarcerationSoCal@yahoo.com • 213-840-5348

SF Bay Area: stopmassincarcerationbayarea@gmail.com • 510-926-5207

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