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In the 30th annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Utah is holding public discussions. This year’s theme is “Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America.”
On Jan. 21, Jennifer Napier-Pearce of the Salt Lake Tribune will lead a panel discussion at the university about the damaging effects of racial profiling and how to combat it. Sybrina Fulton will kick off that discussion.
Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin who, on February 26, 2012, was profiled, followed, and killed by George Zimmerman. In July 2013, a jury of 6 women found Zimmerman not guilty of 2nd degree murder neither manslaughter.
The best to Sybrina Fulton in her work as an advocate.
David Douglas, 43, is in jail on a $4 million bond because of an observant employee.
Reading this story reminded me of the movie, “The Call.” I’ve watched that movie at least 4 times. It has a kidnapping with a bad ending, and a kidnapping with a good ending. The one with the good ending is because of a 911 operator who listened to the recording of a call, and hearing a sound, remembered that sound when she went to the house that the police had visited, but did not find the kidnapper neither his victim. Halle Berry plays the character Jordan Turner, the 911 operator.
Roxanna Ramirez is a real life Jordan Turner. Read the rest of this entry
On May 6, 2013, Charles Ramsey helped three women and a child escape a Cleveland house. Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry were kidnapped and held captive in that house, with Berry having been held captive for 10 years, giving birth to a child fathered by her kidnapper.
“What you saw on TV doesn’t even begin to tell the story,” Ramsey said. Now, Ramsey gets a chance to put the entire story in writing. Read the rest of this entry
(The following is a copy of the press release. We wish Sybrina and Tracy the best in their endeavors. )
Trayvon Martin’s Parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Retain American Program Bureau as Their Exclusive Speakers’ Agency.
NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire
American Program Bureau (APB) is proud to be named the exclusive speaking agency for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin. Since the death of their son, Fulton and Martin have committed their lives to transforming tragedy into change, working to ensure the survival of every child through education and thoughtful conversations about conflict resolution. Read the rest of this entry
Miami artist, Huong, has painted a 100-foot mural titled “We are all Trayvon Martin.” It was unveiled in Tallahassee, the Capitol of Florida.
The mural depicts George Zimmerman shooting a figure in a hoodie. Zimmerman is painted as he appeared to Trayvon Martin the evening of February 26, 2012, with shaven head, a mustache, and goatee. The face portion of the figure in the hoodie is a mirror. Anyone who looks into the mirror therefore, is Zimmerman’s target, and makes the point “we are all Trayvon Martin.”
Huong also painted a 50 foot version of the mural that can be written on.
Thanks to 3Chicspolitico for putting the video on Youtube.
Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old young lady who was the last person to talk to Trayvon Martin before he was killed by George Zimmerman, has been offered a full scholarship in addition to tutors.
Tuesday morning, radio legend Tom Joyner spoke with Ms. Jeantel on his radio program.
Thank you, Tom Joyner. Thank you, Rachel Jeantel, for introducing yourself to the world.
” To all the sisters who cried for a brother …”
Lyrics from Heavy D & The Boyz “Sister, Sister”
Let us continue to encourage and lift up as the day for justice for Trayvon draws near.
UPDATE: For additional well wishes and comments of encouragement, see:
Let us continue to encourage and lift up as the day for justice for Trayvon draws near.
We are called True Warriors for Justice for Trayvon for many reasons. One of those reasons is our unwavering commitment of making sure that George Zimmerman faces a jury of his peers in the killing of Trayvon Martin. A gentleman referred as LLMPapa has produced several videos regarding the Trayvon Martin murder case. He has produced more than 300 videos on his YouTube channel. His videos are extremely informative by using visual and audio with the case evidence that has been made available to us, the general public. He has a unique ability of taking the evidence and putting it in context so the average viewer may understand the evidence. His videos are not limited to just evidence documents, but also what the defendant, the defendant’s family and lawyers have said in interviews, radio and social media. He has made some humorous videos as well.
Mr. Michael Knox, a forensic expert, was interviewed by Tony Pipitone, and put together a demonstration using 2 cardboard cut outs and two white T-shirts.
Mr. Michael Knox has also written a book called “Intermediate Range”. I admit I did buy the book. He presented his book as an unbiased view of the evidence. If I remember correctly, Knox also said he had a copy of GZ’s concealed weapons license in the book.
Fellow bloggers know that I love having links and have an extensive library of the evidence available. I share it with fellow bloggers when they need a quick reference. Thus, upon reading Mr. Knox’s interview and watching his demonstration, I was sadly disappointed to find that he does not take all available evidence into account. Also, in my view and in the view of many others, Mr. Knox did not conduct his experiments authentically and omits pertinent evidence in order to reach his conclusions.
Mr. Knox comes to the faulty conclusion and assertions based on his belief that Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman when Zimmerman shot Trayvon in the heart. In Mr. Knox’s expert opinion, the position of the misalignment of the bullet hole through both garments is due to “sag” and gravity of Trayvon Martin’s hooded sweatshirt. However, in his demonstration, Mr. Knox stands while firing the shot and his cardboard substitution for Trayvon is upright.
We have found his conclusion to be flawed.
The Medical Examiner’s autopsy reports that the trajectory of the bullet was directly front to back.
Trayvon Martin was either flat on his back or standing when he was shot.
Either way, the bullet trajectory can be accomplished from both positions, but not from a leaning position as the defendant claims and Mr. Knox claims.
If Trayvon was leaning over GZ, as Mr. Knox asserts, then as an credible expert, Mr. Knox should have produced his demonstration that way and traced the path of the bullet.
Witnesses 5, 16,12 and 18 all said they saw GZ on top of Trayvon at the time or immediately following the shot. Mr. Knox apparently took the word of one witness, (wit-6) and GZ’s statements over the totality of all the witnesses statements and evidence. We are all aware that Witness 6 later changed his statements of what he saw. First claiming that he saw MMA style beating, he later gave an interview with State prosecutors that he saw no fists being thrown, nor heard sounds of flesh hitting flesh.
We have come to the conclusion, based on the evidence, that Zimmerman had a hold of Trayvon Martin’s hooded sweatshirt and his underneath sweatshirt, when he shot Trayvon in the heart. In his videoed statements, Zimmerman demonstrates this as well by reaching out his left arm and clasping his left hand.
Recently, LLMPapa made a series of videos challenging Michael Knox’s conclusions presented in his interview with Tony Pipitone of Channel Six news of Orlando, Fl.
The standards that we mostly use in defense of Trayvon Martin being murdered are to use the evidence we have available and reasonable speculations that can be backed up with data available to us.
According to Mr. Knox’s blog post dated May 18th 2012, he posted two scenarios.
Excerpt taken from blog post dated 5/2012:
“In order for there to be this much distance between the clothes and the skin, one of two things had to happen: either (1) the clothing was being pulled away from Martin’s body (presumably by George Zimmerman) or (2) Martin was on top of Zimmerman, chest downward, with his clothes hanging due to gravity.”
Fast forward to our present date, where we have more detailed information per discovery. Knox chose to conclude the second scenario was the best to present in his interview with Tony Pipitone, which was that “Martin was on top of Zimmerman, chest downward, with his clothes hanging due to gravity.” Mr. Knox does not say why he abandoned the aforementioned scenario number 1, for his scenario number two. Therefore, we must conclude that Mr. Knox chooses to believe Zimmerman’s narrative of being on the bottom when he shot Trayvon Martin.
LLMPapa addressed the Zimmerman being straddled story when he shot Trayvon in the following video.
A poster named Patricia postulated a long time ago that Zimmerman was on top of Trayvon using a painful restraining maneuver to keep Trayvon down. At the very, very, very beginning of witness-11’s 911 call, we clearly hear the words “I’m begging you, get offffffffffff”. We posted about that in September 2012.
I along with others firmly believe that those words screamed are from Trayvon Martin. Two independent audiologists confirmed that the screams heard on the 911 call are not the voice of George Zimmerman. They have been listed on the State’s witness list.
In all of the many statements made by Zimmerman, either by written statements or interviews with LE, FDLE, walk thru the next day, he has never claimed to say those words, “I’m begging you. Get off”. He only claims that he yelled for help.
I reiterate again; Mr. Knox, “the expert”, did not listen or review all the evidence to date, before going on National Television to claim conclusively in his expert opinion that the shot came from underneath Trayvon Martin.
We know the amount of effort that goes into LLMPapa’s videos and we all love and admire him for his continuing support for Trayvon Martin. LLMPapa has declined several interview requests from several newspaper reporters. In one video he explained his reasons why.
Our commitment is a shared one. After viewing the series I felt, as a True Warrior for Justice, I must get LLMPapa’s videos out to the general public for everyone to view and compare with Knox’s analysis.
Mr. Knox started a small Twitter war with LLMPapa, asserting that his measurements were off and used 5 syllable words on his blog to try to deflect his errors. He immediately tweeted Mr. Pipitone, Robert Zimmerman Jr, Charles Blow, and Benjamin Crump among others, apparently in effort to save his reputation. In one of his twitter responses, he wants to meet LLMPapa for a face to face. Our question to Mr. Knox is, how did you become aware of LLMPapa’s videos? Are you aware that there are Zimmerman supporters who instigate arguments and defame those disagreeing with them by using partial truths with malicious lies about their personal lives? Would you want to subject LLMPapa, or anyone for that matter, to massive cyber-harassment and illegal doxing?
Mr. Knox, you may not understand our reasons for being active in seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. While your reasons may only be to sell a self- published book, get a few new clients, get on TV, and maybe just maybe be called as an “expert”witness in the case of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, those are not our reasons. You claim things in your expert view that do not agree with all evidence. For instance let’s take gravity for an example. The back of Mr. Zimmerman’s head shows blood going towards his ears, indicating that GZ was leaning forward. The photo is time stamped at 7:19, 3 minutes after he shot Trayvon. In the photo, there is no dirt,grit from the pavement, debris, or grass on the back of his head to indicate he was on his back when he fired that fatal shot. Blood rivulets are going forward toward his ears. How is it possible that blood flows upward for Mr. Zimmerman, presumably on his back for a whole minute, while supposedly being beaten. Do the laws of gravity not apply to him?
Gravity does not lie.
But Mr. Zimmerman does.
The fact of the matter is you did not do your homework. You did not do due diligence in fact-finding and presenting a valid argument for your analysis. You got called out by a “layman “and you will not own up to it. Myself, along with others, shall continue to shed light on the darkness that you and others spread. Experts like Mr. Knox do a disservice to their profession and the judicial system. We shall continue our quest in keeping the public aware of people like you where the word of an “expert” can set a guilty man free, and send an innocent one to his grave without Justice.
There are many supporters for Justice for Trayvon Martin. Those supporters include family members of Trayvon Martin, civil rights activists, bloggers, and anyone else who deems that the killing of Trayvon Martin was unjustified in every regard.
Mr. Mark O’Mara likes to tell his spiel of how the Martin/Fulton family hired a publicist named Ryan Julison to champion their cause in getting media recognition. The fact of the matter is that it was Natalie Jackson who sought him out and hired him for the family. She knows as well as all people of color, a case like this will not get the media attention it deserves without a publicist.
The shooting of Trayvon was on local TV in Florida. For two weeks, other than those locally in Florida, no one else knew about the killing of an unarmed teenager in Sanford, Florida. Considering the options left for the family, since no arrest was made, a publicist was an option to use. Tracy and Sybrina were interviewed on CBS News Morning. They have done what other parents do; get on TV and plead their case. I have often viewed news cast of tragedies happening to families, but the majority of those people who get to have their say on TV are generally white. Most news media outlets will put the face of a white child missing more often than a black child missing. Most media outlets will put the face of a killing of a white person more often than the killing of a black or brown person. This is the bias of the media outlets. This practice of media bias has been done for a very long time.
The sheer fact that a publicist had to be employed speaks to this mindset and recognition of media bias. A crime committed against a black person is not as newsworthy as a crime committed against a white person.
Which leads me to the power of the internet.
Through a law school linkserv, Kevin Cunningham learned about the killing of Trayvon Martin on March 8th 2012, 11 days after Trayvon was killed.
Kevin Cunningham, 31, of Washington, D.C., attended Howard University. The student body of Howard University today consists of 80% black and 1% white.
Kevin Cunningham used the power of the internet. He created the petition on Change.org. This petition garnered more attention than what the publicist was trying to do at the time.
O’Mara loves to rant and rave about how Martin/Fulton hired a publicist to get “their” message out. He is so wrong, I just had to call it out.
Granted the publicist did some work, but it was the petition that made it national and global news through the use of the internet.
The petition, from its inception garnered 100 signatures the first day. After a few days, it was 10,000.
A spokesperson, Megan Lubin from Change.org contacted Kevin Cunningham and suggested, which is a rare thing for this organization to do, would be to turn over the petition to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.
Quote from Sybrina Fulton:
“When we heard about the petition, we were overwhelmed that someone we didn’t know would take the time and effort to raise awareness about our son,” Trayvon’s mother said.
She speaks not only for the efforts of Kevin Cunningham, but for all those who signed the petition.
The petition in its final tally was 2,278,303. It is currently, the largest petition in Change.org. history. On April 11, 2012, it was announced that a capias for the arrest of the neighborhood watch captain that killed Trayvon Martin was issued, charging him, George Michael Zimmerman, with 2nd degree murder. State’s Attorney Angela Corey said that they were not pressured by outside forces to arrest George Zimmerman. The results of the investigation give evidence of 2nd degree murder, but that investigation would not have happened if not but for the efforts of Tracy, Sybrina, lawyers, ordinary people, and Kevin Cunningham who posted a petition that let everyone know that George Zimmerman should be held accountable for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
O’Mara doesn’t like pointing out the fact that the petition and the will of the family did more in a matter of days than any publicist would or could have done in the same time frame.
O’Mara and company would like to have the American & Global Public believe that if not for the hired help of a publicist, the killing of Trayvon Martin and the pending case of Fl vs GZ would not have been in the public eye.
HE IS DEAD WRONG!
We are included in those 2,278,301. The public outcry on the streets and on the internet are the reason why the killing of Trayvon Martin is front and center. Not because of the sole work of a publicist.
We demanded Justice — this call came from everybody.
We intend to get that Justice for Trayvon Martin.
If not for people like Kevin Cunningham who had the courage and the idea of starting a petition, I believe this case would have never gotten to where it is now. It’s the people who spoke up against the injustice of it all that has gotten to where we are now, and a lot of those people are on the internet. We don’t have access to big media outlets. We don’t have the money to buy air time. But our voices are just as powerful if not more than the media and radio.
Case in point: The defendant’s family has been on TV an Radio. It has gotten them, nothing, nada, zilch.
No amount of TV coverage can speak as much as our signatures, petitions, marches, blogs, and our continued support for Trayvon Martin and his family.
The internet can be a powerful tool to use for creating awareness. I am proud to be a part of the positive work and continuing efforts in our quest for Justice for Trayvon Martin.
The one year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin is in three days. I thought it was appropriate to go back and look at who and when people got involved.
Kevin Cunningham was at the front of the line.
Kevin Cunningham, from our home here at BlackButterfly7, thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts.
#True Warrior Kevin Cunningham
For about eight months now, LLMPapa has produced videos on the tragedy that happened to Trayvon Martin. They range from profound videos addressing discovery material, to videos uplifting Trayvon Martin’s parents. Some are peppered with humor, others with deep compassion, and others with investigative seriousness.
Averaging three minutes, LLMPapa’s videos get straight to the point, hitting the target, awakening viewers to truths. LLMPapa does this without adding his opinion in voiceovers. He meets that requirement taught in journalism classes to show; not tell.
Currently, there are 394 subscribers to his Youtube channel with over 230,000 views. His Youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/llmpapa.
The following video is the first LLMPapa video that I watched. It was embedded on TheJBMission blog. I was immediately captivated. In the second video below, LLMPapa uses George Zimmerman’s own words to support the previous video.
We here at Blackbutterfly7 salute you, LLMPapa.