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July 16, 2013
I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. As I said earlier, you can’t just talk about it, you have to be about it.

Stevie Wonder

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I included the map to show just how much touring money he’s about to lose over this. It’s a pretty big sacrifice.

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So-called Stand Your Ground laws have garnered a lot of attention since the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the slaying of Sanford, FL teen Trayvon Martin, though as we mentioned earlier, the Zimmerman defense team never actually argued that provision of Florida law in their case. Subsequent comments by one of the six-person jury to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, however, suggest they may have included the controversial law in their deliberations in spite of that fact.

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July 15, 2013

swagandpassion says: Hey SFB. I'm not sure if this was asked already, but many people are counting down the clock until George Zimmerman will get a book deal and receive high profile interviews; basically the Casey Anthony treatment in a sense. How soon would a civil rights case have to be filed before he could profit from his 'circumstance'? How likely is a civil rights case to be successful.

» SFB says: I’m not a legal expert here, but from what I’ve read, it probably makes more sense of the Martin family to file a wrongful death suit against Zimmerman if their goal is to prevent him from taking advantage of the case for monetary gain. There are prior cases where this route was taken, most notably the Goldman family’s lawsuit against O.J. Simpson to prevent the release of the pseudo-confession “If I Did It,” which the Goldman family released as “Confessions of the Killer” after taking ownership of the book.

As for the chances a civil rights case of finding success, comments on the matter are mixed. The Christian Science Monitor has a good roundup of takes on the matter from legal experts who think the federal government may not see enough of a case to actually go forward, though others think otherwise. But it’s too soon for all that. The NAACP, which is advocating for a civil rights case, has Eric Holder’s ear. Holder is speaking at their annual conference tomorrow, in fact. I’m going with “inconclusive”, personally. — Ernie @ SFB

22:40 // 1 year ago
jenniferlawrencescheeks:

guardian:

Happy 75th anniversary Golden Gate Bridge!
Photograph: Doug Atkins/AP

This is being shared by thousands on Facebook as one of the protests of the Trayvon Martin verdict. It’s actually a photo that was taken in 1987—this Guardian link is from May 2012—during a celebration of the bridge’s 50th anniversary.
An estimated 300,000 people attended that celebration.
San Francisco seems like a cool place and all, but it’s beyond me how people can think this case could elicit this type of response.
I know people are feeling fucked up and searching for some hope, but please exercise some critical thinking here, people. Please.
As a black dude who has on many occasions been blatantly discriminated against by law enforcement and store employees and various racist shitheads, the not guilty verdict creeps me out. But the spread of ridiculous misinformation also creeps me out—and it’s counterproductive to overestimate how much people care.

This post of ours had a massive and unexpected surge of traffic last night, and it was largely as a result of people fact-checking a questionable image, which is the best possible way people should approach a questionable photo. We could add further comment on this, but this guy’s already said most of what we’ve wanted to say.

jenniferlawrencescheeks:

guardian:

Happy 75th anniversary Golden Gate Bridge!

Photograph: Doug Atkins/AP

This is being shared by thousands on Facebook as one of the protests of the Trayvon Martin verdict. It’s actually a photo that was taken in 1987—this Guardian link is from May 2012—during a celebration of the bridge’s 50th anniversary.

An estimated 300,000 people attended that celebration.

San Francisco seems like a cool place and all, but it’s beyond me how people can think this case could elicit this type of response.

I know people are feeling fucked up and searching for some hope, but please exercise some critical thinking here, people. Please.

As a black dude who has on many occasions been blatantly discriminated against by law enforcement and store employees and various racist shitheads, the not guilty verdict creeps me out. But the spread of ridiculous misinformation also creeps me out—and it’s counterproductive to overestimate how much people care.

This post of ours had a massive and unexpected surge of traffic last night, and it was largely as a result of people fact-checking a questionable image, which is the best possible way people should approach a questionable photo. We could add further comment on this, but this guy’s already said most of what we’ve wanted to say.

(Source: , via mike-writes)

10:29 // 1 year ago
July 14, 2013
According to Slate’s Dave Weigel, a “pretty peaceful” Trayvon protest is underway in DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner is also covering the scene.

According to Slate’s Dave Weigel, a “pretty peaceful” Trayvon protest is underway in DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner is also covering the scene.

2:38 // 1 year ago
Unfortunately, in the blink of an eye, and again in another 24-hour period, everyone’s favorite music icon was reported attacked onstage right after dedicating “People Get Ready” to Trayvon Martin.

Classic rock musician Lester Chambers assaulted on stage at Blues Festival - National classic rock music | Examiner.com

73 year old black man attacked onstage. after dedicating a song to trayvon martin. 

(via midwestmountainmama)

Our babies and our grandparents are not safe

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Chambers has come back from a lot, by the way—and recently announced the release of a new album we was able to help make thanks in part to Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian.

The good news here: In a recent update to Facebook, Chambers’ son announced his dad was OK.

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

2:33 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2013
The loss of Trayvon Martin’s life, everyone should and must agree, was horrible. But nearly as big a loss would be to consider the issues of racism and access to firearms and use of force now closed, resolved. They aren’t. They remain painful gashes in America’s complex and history-laden system of jurisprudence that the Trayvon Martin killing only broadened.
Philip Bump of The Atlantic Wire says the verdict shouldn’t prevent us from looking for more answers to why Trayvon Martin’s death happened.
23:42 // 1 year ago
Trayvon’s father Tracy, on the verdict. Three tweets clearly written with a heavy heart.

Trayvon’s father Tracy, on the verdict. Three tweets clearly written with a heavy heart.

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