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Vigils for Trayvon


(Trayvon Martin February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012)

February 26, 2013 will mark the one year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin. His mother and father will be in New York City for a candlelight vigil in his honor.  

Candlelight vigils are being held around the nation, in communities and on campuses in remembrance of Trayvon, and in pursuit of justice.  

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It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Trayvon’s life was ended-brutally-on his way home from the store.

We’ve had other horrific youth deaths since then, but his murder sparked a movement.  

Take a moment for silent reflection.

Light or post a candle.

Post information about vigils being held in your area.

Support the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Cross-posted from Black Kos


  1. cassandracarolina

    and that so many other senseless deaths have elbowed Trayvon’s story into relative obscurity. Thank you, Denise, for keeping the flame alive.

    Mission Candle Sconce

  2. fogiv

    …and wander my middle class community after dark tonight. 50 bucks says I don’t get shot. i’m white though, so there’s that. SRSLY Dee, how can I do more?  this, and not just this incident, but racism altogher really fucking pisses me off (pardon my irish).

    this happened today on my facebook machine: a girl i went to high school with (mormon/conservative in arizona) is taking her children to DC in the next few weeks. she posted a soliciation asking if anyone had recommendations for resturants they should go check out, having never been to our nation’s capital.

    context: this is a girl who used to post the most ridiculous GOP garbage/spin during the elections (which i’d dilligently and politely debunk). she has completely refrained from posting political stuff ever since (citing my rebuttals explicitly as the cause — i knocked down everything she put up). her tea party brother even took a run at congress. lost to mcclung in the primaries.  she of course lost to grajalva, but that’s here nor there.

    anyway, I suggested a few places i thought she and her daughter might enjoy a bite (ebbitt’s, blue duck, and the cafeterias at the smithsonian).  others did they same, except this d-bag(verbatim):

    asshole: diffinatly not the Black House, thats for dang sure

    fogiv: …uh, the Black House?  What is that exactly?

    asshole: uh, come on use your imagination.  You’ll think of something.  Remember, FB is a free forum.

    fogiv: My imagination is unimpaired, and I knew what you meant in the original.  I was simply curious to see if you had the courage to express your racism more openly. As anticipated, you do not.

    asshole: Oh now come on. I don’t think you know me well enough to call me racist.

    fogiv: No need to know you personally to recognize that your comment reflects racism.  It does, blatantly, and since I’ve little desire to communicate civilly with someone who would say something like that without any trace of shame, I’ll now suggest we leave the thread to restaurant recommendations without further interruption.

    asshole: Well thank you for allowing us to continue the conversation.

    fogiv: I like how you say ‘us’ as if you had actually engaged [whatsherbutt’s] topic (D.C. area eateries) to begin with, while simultaneously implying that I’m somehow unwelcome to respond. So much for that ‘free forum’, eh?  That’s hilarious.

    My hope was to allow those who responded appropriately to continue, without ‘benefit’ of bigoted wisecracks.

    SRSLY folks, this shit really makes me mad.  how could i have handled this better? ignore? say something differently?

  3. 8 Inspiring Things That Happened Since Trayvon Martin Was Tragically Killed One Year Ago Today

    1. 192 colleagues of Trayvon Martin’s mother donated 1,362 hours of their vacation time so she could grieve.

    2. Sanford, Florida has a new police chief who has pledged to finally address “long-standing racial tensions between the police department and the African-American community.”

    3. Dozens of major companies ended their support for ALEC, the right-wing group who championed “Stand Your Ground” laws.

    4. Thousands of people peacefully gathered in Sanford, Florida to demand justice for Trayvon Martin.

    5. A United States Congressman went on the floor of the House of Representatives in a hoodie to show solidarity with Trayvon.

    6. Legislation to repeal “Stand Your Ground” laws was introduced in four states.

    7. Students at Howard University produced [a] video to highlight the racial profiling of young black men.

    8. President Obama spoke out about Trayvon Martin in the Rose Garden.

    The long-lasting national implications of ALEC Exposed cannot be minimized. That shadowy group was unmasked and the power of negative publicity to change corporate America was tested and found to be strong.

    From the article, a link to more examples at Colorline.

  4. anotherdemocrat

    I’m still in Dallas, even if there was one here I get lost – really, really lost – on any deviation from the 4 places I know where to go up here.

    I can’t believe it has been a year. I can’t believe it is only a year. I will think of him and keep working against injustice.

  5. Miep

    Let this be done.

    Mothers and daughters

    maddened by slaughters.

    We count up the change in small coin

    It adds up, we’re proud

    It’s better than nothing, we say

    As if a slightening of the killings could be compared

    to our happiness in finding extra quarters on the sidewalk.

    As if it was all magic

    We wish and hope and say nice things and it will all come true.

    Well, I’m all for saying nice things. There is a lot to be said

    For saying nice things. Especially when they’re true.

    But meanwhile, there are a whole lot of other things that

    Seriously need to have rugs pulled out from under them

    And go flying away into so many pieces that they could never

    make themselves into such evil again.

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