Subject line: A racist verdict
Yesterday was a disgraceful day in American history.
George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin makes it devastatingly clear that racism is alive and well in our country, and that too much of one’s life chances are determined by the color of your skin.
As we keep Trayvon Martin’s family in our thoughts, here are two things you can do today to demand justice for Trayvon:
1. Join one of the Trayvon Martin rallies happening across the country today. Find one near you here.
2. Sign this petition from Color of Change, calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
The police told George Zimmerman to stay in his car. Had he done so, none of this would have happened. Zimmerman chose to ignore those instructions because he saw a young black man in a hoodie, and all sorts of preconceptions danced in his mind.
Yesterday’s verdict is incomprehensible to us, and shows that we need to keep fighting for Trayvon, his family, and our country.