Stand Your Ground March & Rally In Tallahassee, Florida, March 10th, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Moms team up to repeal “Stand Your Ground” law

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

Jordan Davis’ mom, Lucia MacBath, has teamed up with the parents of Trayvon Martin to repeal the Stand Your Ground law.

 

 

 

 

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Rev Al Sharpton And National Action Network March Against Florida’s Stand Your Ground.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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News Release: National Action Network

 

WHO:
Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
Attorneys Benjamin Crump & Daryl Parks, Parks & Crump Attorneys at Law
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Parents of Trayvon Martin
Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, Parents of Jordan Davis
The family of Emmett Till
Tom Joyner, Host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show

 

WHAT:
Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network will lead a march from the Tallahassee Leon Country Civic Center to the State Capitol to address ‘stand your ground’ laws. The parent’s of Trayvon Martin, and their Attorney’s Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks, and the parent’s of Jordan Davis, as well as the family of Emmett Till will join. The march will end with a rally at the Florida State Capitol building where Rev. Sharpton will be the keynote speaker.

 

WHEN:
Monday March 10 2014
March begins at 9:30AM

 

WHERE:
March begins at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

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The march ends and rally begins outside of the Florida State Capitol building 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301

 

Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network Southeast region will be joined by Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis’s parents, and Attorney Benjamin Crump as they lead a march through Tallahassee to repeal “Stand Your Ground’ laws. Join us as we march at 9:30 am from the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center to the State Capitol. A rally will immediately follow the march at the State Capitol.

 

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Fla. stand your ground law focus of March rally

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The parents of slain teen Jordan Davis say they will join the parents of slaying victim Trayvon Martin and the widow of a man shot to death in a Florida movie theater to talk with legislators in Tallahassee about the state’s so-called stand your ground law.

 

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath said Wednesday they will visit Tallahassee on March 10 for a rally to protest the law.

Their son was shot by Michael Dunn, who was convicted earlier this month on multiple counts of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. However, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on the first-degree murder charge against Dunn in the death of teenager Jordan Davis. A mistrial was declared on that count.

 

Black community leaders are taking a stand against the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

 

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On March 10, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida, leaders across the country including Reverend Al Sharptonand the National Action Network are gathering in the Sunshine State to rally and a hold a prayer vigil in protest of SYG.

 

Sharpton will also be joined by Attorney Ben Crump and the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

 

The march begins at 9:30am ET  at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center,  located at 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

After the march is completed, the  rally begins at the State Capitol located at 400 South Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301.

 

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The Rev. Al Sharpton has led a group of several hundred people on a march to the state Capitol to protest Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

 

Among the people who joined them Monday were Trayvon Martin’s father and the family of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun near her estranged husband.

 

Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it’s necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm.

 

Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder.

 

Marchers planned to attend House and Senate criminal justice committee meetings later Monday.

 

 

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Sharpton Leads March Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

 

By KAREEM COPELAND Associated Press

 

The Rev. Al Sharpton led several hundred people on a march to the state Capitol on Monday to protest Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Among the marchers were Trayvon Martin’s father and the family of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun near her estranged husband.

“To have laws that tell people that they can shoot first and then ask questions later is a violation of our civil rights. I believe that law is inherently wrong,” Sharpton told the crowd just before the march began. “The law in effect says based on your imagination — if you imagine I’m a threat — you have the right to kill me.”

Protesters waved signs saying “STANDING OUR GROUND” and wore T-shirts that said “We are not a threat.”

Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it’s necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm.

Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder.

The Republican dominated Legislature has shown no interested in making any substantial changes to the stand your ground law enacted in 2005. Democrats the past two years have filed bills to repeal it or amend the law.

The protesters planned to attend House and Senate criminal justice committees in hopes of telling lawmakers they want them to consider action on the law.

Last summer, members of the group Dream Defenders held a monthlong sit-in at the Capitol to try to get lawmakers to call a special session to address the law, but Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders refused to do so.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 4th Of March. Happy Fat Tuesday!!!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 4th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 4th, 2014

 

10:00 am: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 
11:10 am: The President visits The  Powell Elementary School classroom, Washington D.C.

 
11:30 am: The President  delivers remarks on the FY2015 budget, Powell Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

Live stream of budget briefing at 12:45 pm, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 
5:00 pm: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, The Oval Office.

 
7:25 pm: The President delivers remarks at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser; Private Residence, McLean, Virginia.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 3rd Thru March 7th, 2014

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the FY2015 budget and our plan to expand opportunity for all in Washington, DC. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Washington, DC area.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Week Ahead

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1st, 2014
UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

 

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Washington, DC * 11:30 AM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 45 different countries. This will be the sixth year the First Lady has attended this event.

 

The International Women of Courage Award ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media and live-streamed at http://www.state.gov.  Attendees and those watching the live-stream are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #IWOC and #IWD when discussing the events. Logistics information is available HERE and for additional press inquiries, please contact PressDuty@state.gov or (202) 647-2492.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Miami, FL * 1:30 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. A portion of the discussion will air on Good Morning America on Thursday, March 6. This event will be closed press.

 

Miami, FL * 3:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance. This event will be covered by a pre-determined pool.

 

 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Miami, FL – The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for the middle class.

 

 

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Next Up…

March 04, 2014 11:30 AM EST

President Obama Speaks on the FY 2015 Budget

Washington, DC, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

 

March 04, 2014 12:45 PM EST

Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell Speaks on the President’s FY 2015 Budget

The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

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Readout of the Vice President’s Calls on Ukraine

In a telephone call this afternoon, Vice President Biden spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss ongoing diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine’s stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The two leaders also reviewed plans to support Ukraine’s economic reforms.  In addition, the Vice President spoke by telephone with Estonian President Toomas Ilves to consult on the situation in Ukraine, including the international effort to de-escalate the situation and assure the stability of Ukraine and the region.

 

 

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FACT SHEET: International Support for Ukraine

President Obama has made clear that the United States will continue to support the Government of Ukraine, including economically.  We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will provide rapid financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine restore economic stability and conduct free, fair, and inclusive new elections that will allow the Ukrainian people to continue to make democratic choices about their future.

 

The new Ukrainian government has inherited an economy with enormous potential but that is currently financially fragile and uncompetitive.  The Government of Ukraine has said publicly that it will work to meet these urgent challenges.  As the government implements important reforms, the United States will work with its bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that Ukraine has sufficient financing to restore financial stability and return to growth.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is already engaging to help stabilize the Ukrainian economy.  We understand that an IMF mission is currently in Kyiv working with the Ukrainian government at their request.  The IMF will be at the front lines of an international package for Ukraine and is positioned to support  robust and market-oriented reforms needed to restore Ukraine to economic health, including via providing large-scale financing and technical support.  At the same time, the United States is working alongside international partners and the Government of Ukraine to assemble a package of assistance to complement and support an IMF program.

 

As part of this international effort, the United States has developed a package of bilateral assistance focused on meeting Ukraine’s most pressing needs and helping Ukraine to enact the reforms needed to make its IMF program a success.  We are working with Congress to approve the 2010 IMF quota legislation, which  would support the IMF’s capacity to lend additional resources to Ukraine, while also helping to preserve continued U.S. leadership within this important institution.  We are ready to work with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide U.S. loan guarantees and other financial and technical assistance to address Ukraine’s four most urgent needs:

 

  • Critical assistance with economic reforms, including by cushioning their impact on vulnerable Ukrainians:  The U.S. Administration is working with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at helping insulate vulnerable Ukrainians from the effects of reduced energy subsidies.  At the same time, the United States is moving quickly to provide technical expertise to help the National Bank of Ukraine and the Ministry of Finance address their most pressing challenges.  The United States is dispatching highly experienced technical advisors to help the Ukrainian financial authorities manage immediate market pressures.  The United States will also provide expertise to help Ukraine implement critical energy sector reforms.
  • Conducting free, fair, and inclusive elections:  The United States will provide technical assistance to train election observers, help bring electoral processes in line with international standards, and promote robust participation by civil society organizations and a free and independent media.
  • Combatting corruption and recovering stolen assets:  The United States is preparing to help the government respond to the clear demands of the Ukrainian people for more robust safeguards against corruption and additional efforts to recover assets stolen from the people of Ukraine.  The United States will support the government as it takes tangible steps to reduce corruption and increase transparency, including in areas such as e-government and public procurement.  The United States is deploying an interagency team of experts to Kyiv this week to begin to work with their Ukrainian counterparts to identify assets that may have been stolen, identify their current location, and assist in returning those assets to Ukraine.
  • Withstanding politically motivated trade actions by Russia, including in the area of energy:  The United States is preparing to provide technical advice to the Ukrainian government on Ukraine’s WTO rights with respect to trade with Russia.  At the same time the United States is ready to provide assistance and financing to help Ukrainian businesses find new export markets and adjust to trade pressures and to enhance energy efficiency, helping to reduce dependence on imported gas.

 

 

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Readout of President Obama’s Call with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed

President Obama spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed today as part of regular consultations between our two countries on a range of regional issues.  The President reaffirmed his commitment to the United States’ strong partnership with the UAE.  They shared views on a range of regional issues and common security challenges, and agreed to continue our close consultations.

 

 

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Opportunity For All: Middle Class Tax Cuts In The President’s FY 2015 Budget

The President’s FY2015 budget released today will show how to achieve real, lasting economic security and expand opportunity for all so that every American who is willing to work hard can get ahead.   The President’s budget will show in real terms the choices we can make to expand economic opportunity and strengthen the middle class, like closing unfair tax loopholes so we can invest in the things we need to help the middle class and those striving to get into it, grow our economy, and provide economic opportunity for every American. It invests in infrastructure, job training, and preschool; cuts taxes for working Americans while closing tax loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy and well-connected; and reduces the deficit.

 

In the State of the Union, the President called for an expansion of one of those tax cuts for working Americans, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  The President’s budget will lay out the details of this proposal, which would cut taxes for 13.5 million working Americans, while also proposing to expand tax cuts to help middle-class and working families afford child care, send their kids to college and retire with dignity. These pro-growth and pro-opportunity tax cuts would be fully offset by closing tax loopholes, including the so-called “Gingrich” and “Carried Interest” provisions that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes other workers pay.

 

The White House also released a report on the economic benefits of expanding the EITC.  To read the report, click HERE.

 

DETAILS – HOW THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET CUTS TAXES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

The President’s highest priority is to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.  In his first term in office, he cut taxes by $3,600 for a typical middle-class family, and in 2012 he fought to keep taxes low for 98% of households while asking the wealthy to pay the same rates as in the 1990s.  But the President believes there is much more to be done. This year’s Budget would:

 

  • Strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit: The EITC and refundable Child Tax Credit are among our most effective tools for reducing poverty and rewarding work. This year’s Budget proposes to:

 

 

  • Significantly Strengthen the Childless Worker EITC: The President’s Budget significantly strengthens the childless worker EITC, benefiting 13.5 million workers. This expansion would address an important missed opportunity in the EITC – identified by economists of both parties – to provide support and an additional incentive to work to childless adults, while also making it available to younger workers who are currently excluded. This expansion – which would lift about half a million people above the poverty line – would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes everyone else has to pay.

 

  • Make Permanent Important Improvements the President Has Already Achieved: The Budget also makes permanent important EITC and Child Tax Credit improvements that help 16 million families with 30 million children, and have helped lift 1.4 million Americans out of poverty.

 

  • Expand and Improve Tax Benefits that Help Middle-Class and Working Families:

 

  • Pay for Child Care:  Families with young children know how high the cost of childcare can be – and how it often keeps a parent from full-time work.  The Budget proposes a significant expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, targeted to families with children under the age of 5.  About 1.7 million families would benefit from this expansion in 2015, receiving an average tax cut of more than $600.

 

  • Save for Retirement:  Too many households know they should be saving for retirement but lack access to employer-sponsored plans like 401(k)s, which puts the onus on individuals to set up and invest in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).  Complementing the President’s myRA executive action, the Budget proposes to establish automatic IRAs (or auto-IRAs), which will expand access to and build on proven best-practices in the private sector to encourage workers to save.  About 13 million workers would begin contributing to retirement savings through auto-IRAs as a result of this proposal.

 

  • Pay for College:  Education has never been a more important part of the path to opportunity and the middle class, and the President believes that we should do all we can to help students and their families afford college.  That’s why this Budget would:
  • Permanently Extend the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), which will benefit 11.5 million families and students by an average of more than $1,100.
    • Simplify Taxes for Pell Grant Recipients, benefiting nearly all of the approximately 9 million Pell grant recipients by clarifying AOTC rules and simplifying calculations and providing some with a reduction in taxes or a boost to their AOTC.
    • Provide tax relief to student loan borrowers by excluding student loan forgiveness from taxation for borrowers who have made student loan payments for many years under an income-related repayment plan.

 

 

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca

The President joined Vice President Biden’s meeting today with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. The President praised the strong and important friendship between our two countries and underscored the United States’ deep commitment to supporting Moldova’s European aspirations. The Vice President emphasized that the United States has a profound interest in Moldova’s success as a democratic partner with strong rule of law. He also commended the launching of a new strategic dialogue between our countries, which will serve as a practical forum for strengthening cooperation, including on economic ties. Both the President and the Vice President re-affirmed the United States’ strong support for Moldovan sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

 

 

February 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Netanyahu Before Bilateral Meeting

 

President Obama Participates In Townhall Focusing On Latinos And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

US Leaders Skip Sochi, Russia Paralympics: Rep. Tammy Duckworth Delegation Canceled.

 

The White House Blog: First Lady Travels To China. Joey B. Calls Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev.

 

Latest Ukraine Updates Photos And Video.

 

Rally Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws In Tallahassee. March 10th, 2014. Now Is The Time!

 

Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple In ‘Warning-Shot’ Case. State Attorney Angela Corey Wants A 60 Year Sentence.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday March 3rd, 2014. Ukraine. Ukraine, Ukraine.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 3, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3rd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, developments in Iran, and other regional priorities. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of security issues. The Vice President will also attend. There will be a pool spray at the top of the bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3rd, 2014

 

 

Monday, March 3 2014  All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

12:00 PM Press: Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

12:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

 

1:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, Oval Office.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 3rd Thru March 7th, 2014

 

On MondayPresident Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, developments in Iran, and other regional priorities. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of security issues. The Vice President will also attend.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the FY2015 budget and our plan to expand opportunity for all in Washington, DC. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Washington, DC area.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary of State John Kerry to honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.

 

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Week Ahead

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1st, 2014
UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

 

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Washington, DC * 11:30 AM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary of State John Kerry to honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 45 different countries. This will be the sixth year the First Lady has attended this event.

 

The International Women of Courage Award ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media and live-streamed at http://www.state.gov. Attendees and those watching the live-stream are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #IWOC and #IWD when discussing the events. Logistics information is available HERE and for additional press inquiries, please contact PressDuty@state.gov or (202) 647-2492.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Miami, FL * 1:30 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. A portion of the discussion will air on Good Morning America on Thursday, March 6. This event will be closed press.

 

Miami, FL * 3:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance. This event will be covered by a pre-determined pool.

 

 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Miami, FL – The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for the middle class.

 

 

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The Ukraine

 

Latest Ukraine Updates Photos And Video -March 3, 2014.

 

It’s NOT Vladimir Putin Against Barack. It’s Vladimir Putin Against The World – March 2, 2014 .

 

Ukraine Updates – March 2, 2014.

 

President Obama Speaks on the Situation in Ukraine

 

 

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Updates – March 3, 2014

 

Rally Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws In Tallahassee. March 10th, 2014. Now Is The Time!

 

Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple In ‘Warning-Shot’ Case. State Attorney Angela Corey Wants A 60 Year Sentence.

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

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RALLY AGAINST ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ LAWS IN TALLAHASSEE MARCH 10TH

RALLY AGAINST ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ LAWS IN TALLAHASSEE MARCH 10TH

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Rally Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws In Tallahassee. March 10th, 2014. Now Is The Time!


 

By Jueseppi B.

RALLY AGAINST ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ LAWS IN TALLAHASSEE MARCH 10TH

RALLY AGAINST ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ LAWS IN TALLAHASSEE MARCH 10TH

 

 

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RALLY AGAINST ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ LAWS IN TALLAHASSEE

March 10th, 2014  09:00 AM

 

State Capitol

Tallahassee, FL 32301

 

Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network Southeast region will be joined by Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis’s parents, and Attorney Benjamin Crump as they lead a march through Tallahassee to repeal “Stand Your Ground’ laws. Join us as we march at 9:30 am from the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center to the State Capitol. A rally will immediately follow the march at the State Capitol.

 

Arrive at 9 am march begins 9:30 am at: Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center, 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

March ends and rally begins at: State Capitol 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301.

 

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Fla. stand your ground law focus of March rally

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The parents of slain teen Jordan Davis say they will join the parents of slaying victim Trayvon Martin and the widow of a man shot to death in a Florida movie theater to talk with legislators in Tallahassee about the state’s so-called stand your ground law.

 

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath said Wednesday they will visit Tallahassee on March 10 for a rally to protest the law.

Their son was shot by Michael Dunn, who was convicted earlier this month on multiple counts of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. However, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on the first-degree murder charge against Dunn in the death of teenager Jordan Davis. A mistrial was declared on that count.

The Associated Press.

 

 

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Black community leaders are taking a stand against the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

 

On March 10, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida, leaders across the country including Reverend Al Sharptonand the National Action Network are gathering in the Sunshine State to rally and a hold a prayer vigil in protest of SYG.

 

Sharpton will also be joined by Attorney Ben Crump and the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

 

The march begins at 9:30am ET  at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center,  located at 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

After the march is completed, the  rally begins at the State Capitol located at 400 South Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301.

 

 

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Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple In ‘Warning-Shot’ Case. State Attorney Angela Corey Wants A 60 Year Sentence.

 

 

The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years. The second trial for Marissa Alexander (center) is scheduled to begin July 28th.

The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years. The second trial for Marissa Alexander (center) is scheduled to begin July 28th.

 

From By Larry Hannan & Jacksonville.com:

 

Marissa Alexander’s sentence could triple in ‘warning-shot’ case

 

Already a figure of sympathy over 20 years in first trial, she faces 60 years in retrial

 

A Jacksonville woman whose case generated outrage when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison may end up behind bars for 60 years for the same crime.

 

The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years, essentially a life sentence, if it succeeds in convicting her for a second time for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children. Her trial is scheduled to begin on July 28.

 

Alexander, 33, was previously convicted in 2012 of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel under the state’s 10-20-life law. Daniel actually imposed three separate 20-year sentences on Alexander but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander would get out in 20 years.

 

The conviction was thrown out after the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that Daniel made a mistake in shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she was acting in self-defense. During jury instructions, Daniel said she must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was battered by her husband.

 

Alexander’s case drew national attention after she was denied immunity under the state’s Stand Your Ground law, with critics saying the crime Alexander was convicted of didn’t warrant 20 years behind bars. Supporters of Alexander blasted prosecutors Friday for seeking to triple her prison sentence.

 

“It’s unimaginable that a woman acting in self-defense, who injured no one, can be given what amounts to a life sentence,” said Free Marissa Now spokeswoman Helen Gilbert. “This must send chills down the spine of every woman and everyone who cares about women and every woman in an abusive relationship.”

 

Seeking 60 years is an incredibly abusive and outrageous action by Corey, Gilbert said.

 

But Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei, the lead prosecutor in the case, told the Times-Union his office was simply following the sentencing laws of the state of Florida.

 

The same appeals court that ordered Alexander’s retrial separately ruled last year that when a defendant is convicted of multiple counts under 10-20-life that arose from the same crime, judges must make the sentences consecutive and are not allowed to impose them concurrently.

 

The law has not changed since Alexander was sentenced in 2012, but courts throughout the state have been struggling to interpret what the Legislature meant when it passed sentencing laws regarding 10-20-life.

 

The Alexander case inspired the so-called “warning-shot” bill that will be part of the Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday. The proposal, which is expected to pass, would create an exception to the 10-20-life law and prohibit those who fire a warning shot from getting 20 years in prison.

 

 

DEBATE OVER COMBINED SENTENCES

Mantei said the appeals court ruling demanding consecutive 20-year sentences dictates that if Alexander is convicted of the same three counts, Daniel will be required to sentence her to 60 years in prison.

 

“Absent a plea agreement, if convicted as charged, the law of the State of Florida fixes the sentence,” Mantei said. “At this time, Ms. Alexander has rejected all efforts by the State to resolve the case short of trial.”

 

Attorney Bruce Zimet said it would be a miscarriage of justice to put his client in prison for the rest of her life.

 

He said he plans to get Alexander acquitted at trial by arguing that she was acting in self-defense. But he also intends to argue that the 10-20-life law is unconstitutional because it violates the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and will claim that Alexander cannot be sentenced to 60 years since she was only sentenced to 20 years at her first trial.

 

George “Bob” Dekle, a retired prosecutor who is now a law professor at the University of Florida, said if Alexander is convicted again the issue of whether she should get 60 years in prison could end up going to the Supreme Court.

 

If a sentence increases on a retrial, the law considers that vindictive unless there’s a good reason for the increased sentence, Dekle said.

 

Prosecutors will say it’s not vindictive, it’s what the case law now says you have to do,” Dekle said. “It will be up to the judge to decide if he agrees with that.”

 

If Daniel agrees with prosecutors and sentences Alexander to 60 years in prison, an appeal is almost certain. But if Daniel sentences her to 20 years the issue is probably done.

 

“I can tell you as a retired prosecutor you (the state) almost never win appeals on issues like this,” Dekle said.

 

But Dekle cautioned that the issue is fluid, since multiple Florida appellate courts have ruled on this issue, and some of those rulings conflict with each other.

 

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue of whether Florida law requires multiple 10-20-life sentences to be consecutive. While the 1st District has ruled that judges must make sentences consecutive, other appellate courts in Florida have said judges can impose sentences concurrently.

 

 

THE SELF-DEFENSE CLAIM

Alexander has claimed she fired a warning shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, and wasn’t trying to hit Gray or his two children from a previous relationship. She has said the incident, which happened days after she’d given birth, began when Gray accused her of infidelity and questioned whether the newborn child was his.

 

Alexander told him to leave and locked herself in the bathroom until he broke through the door, grabbed her by the neck and shoved her to the floor.

 

She ran into the garage but found she couldn’t leave because the garage door wouldn’t open, according to the report.

 

She got a gun from the glove compartment of a car in the garage, went back into the house and when Gray saw her, she said he charged, saying he was going to kill her. Alexander fired the gun.

 

Alexander said it was a warning shot. Prosecutors dispute that and say the bullet hit the wall, not the ceiling, and it could have killed Gray or his children.

 

Mantei previously said that Gray’s children have suffered because of the incident, and they are the real victims in this case.

 

Alexander cited the Stand Your Ground law to justify firing the shot. It allows the use of deadly force instead of retreating if the person is afraid for his or her life.

 

But that defense was rejected by Circuit Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt, who ruled that Alexander’s choice to go back into the house to face her husband was not consistent with someone who was in “genuine fear of his or her life.”

 

At one point, prosecutors offered Alexander a prison sentence of three years before her original trial, but she turned that down and chose to go to trial.

 
Thank you Mr. Larry Hannan & Jacksonville.com

 

 

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How does The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years, essentially a life sentence, yet allow poor incompetent legal work let George Zimmerman walk away after murdering Trayvon Martin? When Marissa Alexander has not killed, not harmed a single solitary soul?

 

George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, and admitted on the murder scene he did so in self defense. Marissa Alexander shot in the ceiling to stop an advancing ex-husband whom she had a restraining order from a judge issued by a court. He had previous domestic abuse charges filed on him.

 

Am I missing something here Ms. Angela Corey? Can you really be this racist that you seek to put a woman defending herself against a man set to harm her and maybe her children, in prison for 60 years YET allow two murders get away with murder in your county? Lets not forget you failed to get a conviction against Michael Dunn for the admitted murder of Jordan Russell Davis.

 

It’s time for this shit to end.

 

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MARISSA ALEXANDER LEGAL DEFENSE FUND – VIA CHECK

 

Donate via Check: 

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For: The Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund
Global Alliance, Inc.
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Marissa Alexander has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Marissa is the victim here. Her husband beat her while she was pregnant. After yet another beating, Alexander fired a warning shot which traveled through a wall and into the ceiling. That shot saved her life. Prosecutor Angela Corey did not take into account that Marissa Alexander: Had a court injunction against her crazed husband,Had Given Birth 9 Days Earlier,Was trained to use a weapon and earned a concealed weapons permit.

 

 

HELP SUPPORT THE COST OF A RETRIAL

 

 

Marissa Alexander Freedom Fundraiser

by Free Marissa Now

 

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

 

Marissa Alexander was battered by her husband. On August 1 2010, her premature baby girl, born nine days earlier, was in the Baptist South N.I.C.U. fighting for her life while Marissa fought for life in her own home against an attacker – her husband.

 

She is currently sitting in the Pretrial Detention Facility in Jacksonville FL, Duval County awaiting a sentence for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm. She was also charged with child abuse because she fired a warning shot in the ceiling of her home. She owned a legitimate and current gun permit that she was trained to used.

 

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