By Rev. Al Sharpton
This past Saturday, approximately 175,000 to 200,000 people gathered and marched in Washington, D.C. to call attention to the civil rights challenges of our time. When Martin Luther King III and I called for this rally, it was widely assumed that we would not be able to get even 100,000 to participate. Those naysayers couldn’t have been more wrong. At a time when so many Americans are gravely concerned about voting rights, jobs, gun violence and safety, hundreds of thousands traveled from across the country to join us because they understand the fierce urgency of now. While we acknowledge progress achieved during the last 50 years, we are not blind to the great injustices of today. On Wednesday, President Obama and others will commemorate the ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.’ We will be a part of that celebration, but we remain passionate about the continuation of the actualization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream that was represented on Saturday. Our work is far from over, but we, the people, are re-energized to tackle injustice head on.
A Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman plead not-guilty, and said he had acted in self-defense when he shot Martin on Feb. 26. 2012.
“I think that this is an atrocity,” Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC shortly after the verdict was announced. ”I think that it is probably one of the worst situations that I’ve seen. What this jury has done is establish a precedent, that if you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime, just bringing some Skittles and iced tea home to your brother, and be killed, and someone can claim self-defense having been exposed with all kinds of lies, all kinds of inconsistencies.”
“This is a slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country,” Sharpton added later.
Editor’s note: George Zimmerman has sued NBC Universal for defamation. The company strongly denies the allegation. [Full Quote]
Originally Posted 4/6/12
Joe Scarborough (@joeNBC) often champions “small government” and I believe that means something akin to states rights. Joe forgets the state bankruptcies and misappropriation of Stimulus money by some states to balance their state budgets. I once suggested to the President to do what Roosevelt did and excite and energize our workers with a WPA program of his own. The presidential candidates have got me down. Is this the level the best we have to seek public office? Do the Republicans have to lower their standards and morals to get back into the Whitehouse? If we let them win, we could have another “TOP 1%” oriented government under which the poor and the middle-class would continue to decline. Barack Obama is our “Great White Hope.” He champions and identifies with the poor and the middle-class. He knows what it is to work! He welcomes support of unions and workers. Are you in? Just like we won the last time, President Obama needs your small donations to his campaign. Did you that Mitt Romney is trying to copy Obama’s idea? So, it’s settled all of us (America) will vote for Barack Obama’s second term as the “Warrior for the Middle Class!”
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On this morning’s “MorningJoe”, Joe had Rev. Al Sharpton as a guest and when RevAl mentioned that 5 million people may not be able to vote because of VOTER SUPPRESSION, Joe Scarborough poo pooed us, the poor, blacks, Latinos, the different. 5 million minorities may not be able to cast a vote in the next Presidential Elections because of a Republican War on the Middle-Class. Shame on “MorningJoe!”
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey just announced that she is charging George Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder. Zimmerman has admitted to killing the teen victim, Trayvon Martin 44 days ago in Sanford, Florida. Martin was on his way home when George Zimmerman decided that the black teen was “acting suspiciously.” Trayvon had in his hands Skittles™ and iced tea. George Zimmerman had a gun. George called the police and was told not to pursue Trayvon. He did not listen and soon afterwards he shot Trayvon. Prosecutor Corey was impressive in her concern for “justice for Trayvon.” She has a large legal team behind her which has accumulated and analyzed the evidence and will work toward bringing the case to trial. After this press conference, Al Sharpton had a press conference in Washington, DC along with Trayvon’s parents. Rev. Sharpton told the public “no gloating. No high-fives. This is not a night for celebration.” Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, thanked all the Americans for their support, signing petitions, etc. He singled out the young people who inspired by the concept of justice [sic]. Mr. Crump said that from day one he believed that the evidence required that George Zimmerman should be arrested. “That is all the Martin family wanted… This is only first base.” He ended by saying that Trayvon’s legacy requires that there be no acts of violence and that, like Trayvon’s parents, we all let the system play out. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, and his father, Tracy Martin thanked everyone and expressed gratitude that their minimum wish had been accomplished. Attorney Crump’s partner, Attorney Parks spoke, also. He thanked Angela Corey and her team and the countless people who have been involved in seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. Credit for bringing this case to national attention was given to Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network which is holding a convention in Washington. A call was made for this case to be the start of a movement. The call was made for an additional one million new voters in November. Young voters will be the key to change in laws like “Stand Your Ground.”
Al Sharpton by David Shankbone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)