On February 26, George Zimmerman called 911 to report the “suspicious behavior” of Trayvon Martin, who was talking to his girlfriend on the phone, while walking home from a candy store. Despite the 911 operator’s instructions to leave the African American teenager alone, Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman walks free, despite killing an unarmed person. In failing to arrest and prosecute George Zimmerman, Florida authorities are compounding the racist hate crime against Trayvon and his family.
This is a shameful miscarriage of justice.
Unfortunately, justice is rarely found inside the U.S. justice system. While the murder of Trayvon Martin is ignored, the Department of Justice and the FBI are working to imprison 9 Minneapolis peace activists, along with 15 others, on bogus charges related to supporting terrorism. One of the Anti-War 24 is Carlos Montes, a hero of the Chicano movement. Carlos Montes survived COINTELPRO attacks in the 1960s and 70s, only to be targeted again today. Our only crime is speaking out against racist wars against our sisters and brothers around the world.
It is important that we come together to speak out against the murder of Trayvon Martin. We stand with his grieving family, and we say no to racism. We demand that George Zimmerman be prosecuted for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Justice for Trayvon Martin!