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Florida Will Hold Hearings On ‘Stand Your Ground’ This Fall

By Jeff Spross Will Weatherford, the Republican speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, revealed on Friday that the state’s legislature will hold hearings on its infamous “Stand Your Ground” laws sometime this fall. While the announcement came buried in one … Continue reading

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After Zimmerman Verdict, Activists Face A New, Tougher Fight

By Gene Demby Phillip Agnew was blindsided by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The decision came down late on a Saturday night. Agnew was expecting the neighborhood watchman who killed Trayvon Martin to be found guilty. Agnew, 28, leads … Continue reading

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For 200 Hours And Counting, Sit-In At Florida Capitol Demands Stand Your Ground Repeal

By Rebecca Leber For more than eight days, a group of activists and students organized by the Dream Defenders have occupied the Florida Capitol, right outside Florida Governor Rick Scott’s (R) office. The activists say they plan to occupy the … Continue reading

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From the Deep South to the Midwest, a Generation Demands Justice

1. Dream Defenders Occupy the Florida Capitol On Saturday, July 13, George Zimmerman was found not guilty. This was the moment Florida showed the world that it does not care about its youth, especially young black and brown people. If … Continue reading

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The Evil New ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law That Made the Killing of Trayvon Martin Permissible

By Thom Hartmann Why were Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman judged by different standards? Ever since a Seminole County, Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on Saturday night of murdering Trayvon Martin, many commentators in the mainstream media have … Continue reading

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411 On Stand Your Ground: Which 26 States Have It & What Does It Mean?

As we continue to reflect on not-guilty Trayvon Martin trial verdict, the controversial stand your ground law that aided in George Zimmerman’s defense has come to the forefront of the discussion. But what exactly is stand your ground? In which states … Continue reading

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Who Will March for Marissa Alexander?

by Marissa Jackson On the morning after the Morning After, the racial tension in this country could be popped with a needle. If the prevailing narrative is to be believed, Black America is furious, outraged and depressed about George Zimmerman’s … Continue reading

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After Zimmerman Verdict, NRA Says ‘Stand Your Ground’ Is A Human Right

By Nicole Flatow The National Rifle Association has been silent since a jury acquitted George Zimmerman Saturday in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. But it didn’t take long for the gun lobbying group to weigh in once Attorney General … Continue reading

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Is stand your ground unique to the United States?

By Brian Palmer Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial discussed Florida’s “stand your ground” law before reaching a not guilty verdict on Saturday, according to juror B37. The controversial law eliminates the obligation to retreat before using deadly force … Continue reading

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Justifiable Homicides: Black Defendants Rarely Get Self-Defense Ruling

By Danielle C. Belton It doesn’t hurt to have a little white privilege on your side. If you can get it. And George Zimmerman got the most out of what privilege he had after being found not guilty in the … Continue reading

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