Trayvon Martin http://wlrn.org en Trayvon Martin Foundation Finds Home At Florida Memorial University http://wlrn.org/post/trayvon-martin-foundation-finds-home-florida-memorial-university <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Trayvon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin Foundation now has a home at Florida Memorial University.</span></p><p>The foundation was started by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the Miami Gardens teen who was shot and killed in 2012. Fulton is an alumna of the university. Her foundation works to raise awareness about the impact of violent crimes on families and communities. It’s a support system for people who have experienced tragedies.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:49:58 +0000 Wilson Sayre 34742 at http://wlrn.org Trayvon Martin Foundation Finds Home At Florida Memorial University Remembering Fallen Young Men With "RIP T-shirts" http://wlrn.org/post/remembering-fallen-young-men-rip-t-shirts <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">They come to put their dead relatives and friends on a T-shirt.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">A young woman clutches a photo of her murdered 16-year-old brother. He grins at the camera, his right hand clutching a gun. Three young men line up to pay homage to one of their friends, a “street soldier,” with his Facebook profile picture.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:34:04 +0000 Nadege Green 33797 at http://wlrn.org Remembering Fallen Young Men With "RIP T-shirts" Stand Your Ground Law Under Fire, But Likely To Remain http://wlrn.org/post/stand-your-ground-law-under-fire-likely-remain <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; line-height: 18.4320011138916px; text-align: justify;">Civil-rights leader Al Sharpton led a crowd of about 1,000 people to the Florida Capitol on Monday, demanding that Gov. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:00:22 +0000 Margie Menzel and the News Service of Florida 29009 at http://wlrn.org Stand Your Ground Law Under Fire, But Likely To Remain What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground http://wlrn.org/post/what-make-michael-dunn-case-and-stand-your-ground <p></p><p>"The Daily Show" on Comedy Central takes note of the irony of the Michael Dunn verdict occurring during Black History Month.</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" flashvars="autoPlay=false" height="400" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:433103" style="display:block" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="600" wmode="window"></embed></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:30:37 +0000 Elaine Chen 28207 at http://wlrn.org What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground Trayvon Martin Foundation Plans Events To Honor Teenager http://wlrn.org/post/trayvon-martin-foundation-plans-events-honor-teenager <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been nearly two years since </span>Trayvon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin of Miami Gardens was fatally shot while walking home in Sanford, Fla.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend a <strong><a href="http://trayvonmartinfoundation.org/">peace walk and a remembrance dinner </a></strong>are planned to celebrate the life of the teenager who would have turned 19 this month.</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:05:12 +0000 Marva Hinton 27518 at http://wlrn.org Trayvon Martin Foundation Plans Events To Honor Teenager Florida House Dems Back Senate Tweaks of Stand Your Ground http://wlrn.org/post/florida-house-dems-back-senate-tweaks-stand-your-ground <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida House Democrats met with reporters Wednesday to say they don't want to turn Thursday’s Stand Your Ground hearing into a publicity stunt.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:34:05 +0000 News Service of Florida 23305 at http://wlrn.org Florida House Dems Back Senate Tweaks of Stand Your Ground No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. http://wlrn.org/post/no-more-guns-neighborhood-watch-sanford-fla The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=148905681" target="_blank">killed teenager Trayvon Martin</a> in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," <a href="http://www.wmfe.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=15204&news_iv_ctrl=1041" target="_blank">our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report</a>.<p>The station reminds us that "Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith took over the department in April, and suspe Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22961 at http://wlrn.org No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive http://wlrn.org/post/why-changing-floridas-stand-your-ground-law-remains-elusive <p>Prompted by a national outcry over George Zimmerman&#39;s acquittal this summer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida Senate committee gave approval Tuesday to minor changes in the state&#39;s &quot;stand your ground&quot; law.</p><p>But whether a Legislature dominated by gun-loving lawmakers will ultimately sign off on a bipartisan compromise remains a long shot, despite a seemingly indifferent National Rifle Association, which helped write Florida&#39;s first-in-the-nation law.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:16:50 +0000 Dara Kam & News Service of Florida 21865 at http://wlrn.org Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive After The Zimmerman Verdict: How Juries Are Chosen In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/after-zimmerman-verdict-how-juries-are-chosen-florida <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.1pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri;">The makeup of the George Zimmerman jury – six women, five of them white – got the attention of Sen. Gwen&nbsp;Margolis, D-Miami when the jury acquitted Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old&nbsp;Trayvon&nbsp;Martin of Sanford.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:55:39 +0000 Gina Jordan 20019 at http://wlrn.org After The Zimmerman Verdict: How Juries Are Chosen In Florida Probation For George Zimmerman's Wife On Perjury Charge http://wlrn.org/post/probation-george-zimmermans-wife-perjury-charge "Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, today pleaded guilty to a less serious form of perjury in a plea deal that requires her to serve one year of probation," <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-wife-shellie-plea-20130828,0,3608738.story" target="_blank">the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em> writes</a>.<p>Back in June, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/06/12/154868096/george-zimmermans-wife-charged-with-perjury" target="_blank">we reported</a> about how she had been charged with knowingly making a fa Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:41:19 +0000 Mark Memmott 19739 at http://wlrn.org Probation For George Zimmerman's Wife On Perjury Charge Florida Asked To Reimburse George Zimmerman For Court Costs http://wlrn.org/post/florida-asked-reimburse-george-zimmerman-court-costs Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>More than a month after he was acquitted on murder charges, George Zimmerman - or at least his lawyers - are headed back to court. Zimmerman is the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His lawyers are asking the state of Florida to reimburse their client for court costs incurred during his murder trial - costs, they say, might be as high as $300,000.<p>NPR's Greg Allen reports.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Under Florida law, a defendant who's acquitted in a trial is not liable for any court costs. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:40:05 +0000 Greg Allen 19716 at http://wlrn.org Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes http://wlrn.org/post/broward-senator-files-legislation-stop-george-zimmerman-wannabes <p>The Stand Your Ground law&nbsp;<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-house-hold-hearing-stand-your-ground" target="_blank">will get hearings when the Florida Legislature convenes</a>&nbsp;for regular business next month.</p><div><div><p>But no significant changes in the law are expected.</p></div><div><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/democrats-trigger-lawmaker-poll-stand-your-ground-special-session" target="_blank">Lawmakers voted against holding a special session</a>&nbsp;on Stand Your Ground after protesters staged a month-long sit-in at the Capitol.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:22:49 +0000 Gina Jordan 19682 at http://wlrn.org Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes Metrotown, Where Students Talk Openly About Race, Diversity http://wlrn.org/post/metrotown-where-students-talk-openly-about-race-diversity <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:49:49 +0000 Patience Haggin 19064 at http://wlrn.org Metrotown, Where Students Talk Openly About Race, Diversity Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session http://wlrn.org/post/democrats-trigger-lawmaker-poll-stand-your-ground-special-session <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The Florida Secretary of State's office will begin polling members of the Legislature to find out if there is enough support to hold a special session to decide the fate of the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:38:16 +0000 News Service of Florida 18975 at http://wlrn.org Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written http://wlrn.org/post/florida-sheriffs-keep-stand-your-ground-written <p></p><p>The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.</p><p>Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written."</p><p>"Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including 'stand your ground,' " Judd said in a prepared statement.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:34:50 +0000 News Service of Florida 18817 at http://wlrn.org Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written