Trayvon Martin: TrayDay ~ Hoodies UP 4 Trayvon ~


By Jueseppi B.








The Washington Post says it best:


Eighteen years ago today, Trayvon Benjamin Martin was born to Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Nearly a year ago, their son was killed by George Zimmerman, aneighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., who viewed Trayvon as “a real suspicious guy.”  Instead, the unarmed teenager was found with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea from 7-Eleven and a bullet hole in his chest from Zimmerman’s Kel-Tec 9 mm PF-9.


Get the rest of the story at The Washington Post.



On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by Mr. Zimmerman, a crime watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. The death of the unarmed black teenager and the decision of the local police not to bring charges against Mr. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, set off a national outcry, leading the Justice Department in March to open an investigation.


Trayvon, 17, was shot as he was walking to the home of his father’s girlfriend from a convenience store in Sanford, just north of Orlando. Mr. Zimmerman told the police that he shot Trayvon in self-defense.


The announcement of the federal investigation came after protests that the Sanford Police Department had mishandled the case.


In the wake of the tragedy, the fateful encounter between a black youth who wanted to go to college and a Hispanic man who wanted to be a judge polarized the nation. Across the country,the parsing of the case has become cacophonic and political, punctuated by pleas for tolerance, words of hatred, and spins from the left and the right.


George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old multi-racial Hispanic American, was the appointed neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily staying and where the shooting took place.


While in his vehicle on a personal errand, Zimmerman noticed Martin walking inside the community. Zimmerman called the Sanford Police Department to report Martin’s behavior as suspicious, stating that Martin was “cutting in-between houses…walking very leisurely for the [rainy] weather” and “looking at all the houses”.


According to a police report, “there is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter”. While still on the phone with the police dispatcher, Zimmerman left his vehicle. After the phone call concluded, there was a violent encounter between Martin and Zimmerman. The encounter ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin once in the chest at close range.


When police arrived on the scene, Zimmerman told them that Martin had attacked him and that he had shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and from two vertical lacerations on the back of his head. EMTs treated Zimmerman at the scene, after which he was taken to the Sanford Police Department. Zimmerman was detained and questioned for approximately five hours. He was then released without being charged; at the time, police said they found no evidence to contradict Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.


The circumstances of Martin’s death, the initial decision not to charge Zimmerman, and questions about Florida’sStand Your Ground” law received national and international attention. Allegations of racist motivation for both the shooting and police conduct, along with intense media reporting that was sometimes inaccurate, contributed to public demands for Zimmerman’s arrest. On March 22, 2012, a Special Prosecutor was appointed to take over the investigation.


On April 11, 2012, the Special Prosecutor filed a charge of murder in the second degree against Zimmerman, who then turned himself in and was placed in custody. According to the prosecution’s Affidavit of Probable Cause, “Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.” A prosecution investigator who co-signed the affidavit later testified at a hearing that he did not know whether it was Zimmerman or Martin who started the confrontation. Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to the charge and is currently out on a $1 million bond while he awaits trial; he has requested a hearing under the “stand your ground” law provisions.


In October 2012, Judge Debra S. Nelson set Zimmerman’s trial date for June 10, 2013. She also ruled that any “stand your ground” hearing must be held by April 26, 2013.




Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were divorced in 1999. He was a junior at Dr. Michael Krop High School and lived with his mother and older brother in Miami Gardens, Florida.


On the day Martin was fatally shot, he and his father were visiting his father’s fiancée and her son at her town home in The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, a multi-ethnic gated community, where the shooting occurred. Martin had visited his father’s fiancée at Twin Lakes several times.


Post mortem reports gave Martin’s body length and weight as 5′11″– 6′0″ (1.80–1.83 m) and 158–160 lb (72–73 kg). Statements from Martin’s family indicated his height prior to death was 6′3″ (1.91 m) and weight no more than 150 lb(68 kg).


Martin had been suspended from school at the time of his death, his third disciplinary suspension of the year. One suspension was for tardiness. Another suspension occurred when Martin was observed on a security camera in a restricted area of the school; he was observed spraying “WTF” graffiti on a locker. When he was later searched by a Miami-Dade School Police Department officer, he had several pieces of women’s jewelry in his backpack which he said was not his, and a screwdriver, which was described by the school police investigator as “a burglary tool”.


The jewelry was impounded and given to the police, but had not been reported as stolen. His final suspension involved a marijuana pipe, and an empty bag containing marijuana residue. Martin was not charged with any crime for any of the incidents and did not have a juvenile record.  Judge Nelson ruled that the defense may have access to Martin’s records, including the details of these suspensions, as well as access to Martin’s social media sites, but has not ruled on if they will be admissible as evidence during the trial.


Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, said the parents had never heard about the bag of jewelry and it’s completely irrelevant to what happened on February 26. Martin’s parents and their attorneys also said the defense’s request for school records and social media was a “fishing expedition” aimed at attacking their son and an attempt to assassinate his character.




Martin family response to shooting

Tracy Martin was skeptical of the account of his son’s death told to him by Sanford police investigators and believed Zimmerman didn’t act in self-defense. Two days after the shooting, he was referred to civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who was retained to pursue legal action and to persuade the news media to cover the case. Attorney Natalie Jackson and publicist Ryan Julison, both of Orlando, also joined the Martin team. Due to their efforts, the case started to receive national attention on March 7. On March 9, Crump announced he was suing to have 911 calls from the night of the shooting made public. They were released by the Sanford mayor on March 16. As attention to the case grew, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton gave media interviews and appeared at some of the protests being held which called for Zimmerman’s arrest.





On April 11, 2012, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. In support of the charges, the State filed an affidavit of probable cause, stating that Zimmerman profiled and confronted Martin and shot him to death while Martin was committing no crimes. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey announced the charges against Zimmerman during a live press conference and reported that Zimmerman was in custody after turning himself in to law enforcement. In Florida, a conviction for second degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. If a firearm was used then the mandatory minimum is 25 years in state prison.




Public response




An undated personal photo of Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie was displayed by protesters and sold by merchants on hoodies, T-shirts and keychains, prompting the family to trademark slogans using his name.



After the shooting, Zimmerman was criticized by the Martin family and in the media for following Martin and for carrying a weapon. Sanford police chief Bill Lee stated that neighborhood watch volunteers are not encouraged to carry a gun but have a Constitutional right to do so. Lee further stated, “Mr. Zimmerman was not acting outside the legal boundaries of Florida Statute by carrying his weapon when this incident occurred.” Sanford Police volunteer program coordinator Wendy Dorival, told the Miami Herald that she met Zimmerman in September, 2011, at a community neighborhood watch presentation. “I said, ‘If it’s someone you don’t recognize, call us. We’ll figure it out,’ ‘Observe from a safe location.’ Dorival said.”


Protests were staged around the U.S. prior to Zimmerman’s April 11 indictment on murder charges. Over 2.2 million signatures were collected on a petition, created by Martin’s mother, calling for Zimmerman’s arrest. It was the website’s largest petition ever.


Since Martin was killed while wearing a hoodie, hoodies were used as a sign of protest, and many cities staged “million hoodie marches” or “hundred hoodie marches.” Additionally, some professional athletes, including Carmelo Anthony and the entire Miami Heat roster, tweeted photos of themselves wearing hoodies.


Bags of Skittles candy and cans of Arizona Iced Tea were also used as protest symbols. Martin was reported to be returning from a 7-Eleven convenience store with these items when he was shot, although the beverage he purchased was actually an Arizona brand fruit drink.


Walkouts were staged by students at over a dozen Florida high schools, and thousands of people attended rallies around the country to demand Zimmerman’s arrest. Members of the Occupy movement marched in solidarity during the “Million Hoodie March.”


A number of high-profile citizens made public comments or released statements calling for a full investigation, including Reverend Al SharptonReverend Jesse Jackson, and President Barack Obama,


Speaking on the day of Zimmerman’s arrest, Al Sharpton said, “Forty-five days ago, Trayvon Martin was murdered. No arrest was made. The Chief of Police in Sanford announced after his review of the evidence there would be no arrest. An outcry from all over this country came because his parents refused to leave it there.” Jesse Jackson also referred to Martin as “murdered and martyred.” And U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (Dem.), who represents Martin’s hometown of Miami, used the word “murdered” when she referred to Martin’s fatal shooting.


Herman Cain objected to what he called “swirling rhetoric” and “a war of words”, and former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant singled out Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for being “race hustlers” who were exploiting Martin’s death “to inflame racial passions.” Bryant also criticized President Barack Obama for his “nebulous” comment, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Former education secretary William J. Bennett criticized what he called a “mob mentality,” saying that “…the tendency in the first days by some, including Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and an angry chorus of followers, was to rush to judgment with little regard for fairness, due process, or respect for the terrible death of a young man.”


Senior Fellow Shelby Steele at Stanford University‘s Hoover Institution said that the tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s death was being exploited by a generation of “ambulance-chasing” black leaders who have promoted “our historical victimization as the central theme of our group identity.”


President Barack Obama, speaking to reporters on March 23 after federal investigators were deployed to Sanford, said, “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this… If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”


According to Zimmerman’s father, George Zimmerman received death threats after the shooting and was forced to move out of his home. The New Black Panther Party offered a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman; this was condemned by the city of Sanford.


In parts of the U.S., various acts of vandalism, assaults, and crimes have been connected in part to alleged revenge for the shooting of Trayvon Martin.


Film director Spike Lee retweeted to his 200,000 Twitter followers an erroneous Sanford, Florida, address, purported to be Zimmerman’s, which forced a family out of their home to avoid harassment after they received hate mail and unwanted visits from reporters. Lee was criticized for his retweet and he later issued an apology for having tweeted the wrong address, though not for engaging in what columnist Doug Giles called “cyberbullying” that exposed Zimmerman to “vigilante…mob violence.”


Professor Alan Dershowitz criticized the probable cause affidavit against Zimmerman as “so thin that it won’t make it past the judge,” calling it “irresponsible and unethical,” and opined that the charges were motivated by prosecutor Corey’s desire to be re-elected. The deadline for qualifying to run against Corey was 9 days after she filed charges, and no one stepped forward to challenge her, so she won re-election.


In June, Dershowitz said that Corey had contacted the dean of Harvard Law School about his remarks, threatening to sue Dershowitz for libel and slander, and the school too, and saying she wanted him to be disciplined by the American Bar Association. Dershowitz said the dean defended his remarks under academic freedom, and he commented that “even if Angela Corey’s actions were debatable, which I believe they were not, I certainly have the right, as a professor who has taught and practiced criminal law nearly 50 years, to express a contrary view.”  CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame expressed concern over Corey’s threats and questioned if the prosecution of Zimmerman was for political reasons.


Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn wrote “…what’s often overlooked in all the heated conversations about this tragedy is the actual timeline based on police documents.” and “[The timeline] indicates that the victim as well as the accused made some terrible choices that night…and it tells us to keep our minds open and our tempers in check, at least until some of [the] gaps get filled at Zimmerman’s trial.” 


Fox News Channel host Geraldo Rivera claimed that Martin’s “gangsta style clothing” was “as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” Rivera was quoted saying, “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies.”  Faced with outrage over his statements, Rivera apologized, saying that he had “obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.”


When a 7-Eleven surveillance video showing Martin making a purchase on the night of the shooting was released two months later, however, Rivera referred to the clothes he had been wearing as “thug wear.” His comments were criticized by the Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, who compared them to people blaming rape victims for wearing short skirts.


Bill O’Reilly of Fox News called for restraint and urged other pundits to stop trying the case in the media. He said that the case is a “tragedy” but should not be tried in the media.


After Zimmerman’s bond was revoked for allegedly misrepresenting how much money he had when his bond was set, Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said he expected the prosecution to bring Zimmerman’s credibility “front and center in this entire case.” Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara stated that it was a “mistake” that had “undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair.”





Media coverage





Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin, family attorney Benjamin Crump and mother Sybrina Fulton, at the ‘Million Hoodies’ protest in Union Square, New York



For the first 10 days after Martin’s death, the story was covered by only the Florida media. In order to bring more attention to the case, Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson sought the assistance of publicist Ryan Julison on March 5.


On March 7, 2012, Reuters covered the story, and the following day, CBS News, acting on a tip it received from the network’s local bureau in Atlanta, Georgia, obtained an exclusive interview with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton that was broadcast on CBS This Morning.


Also on March 8, The Huffington PostThe Young Turks, and, which is affiliated with NBC News, started to cover the case. On March 9, 2012, ABC World News featured the story on their nightly broadcast. CNN first reported on the case on March 12, 2012, and by the end of that week, radio hosts and bloggers were also reporting on the story.


National coverage started to increase the week of March 12 and intensified after March 16, when tapes of 9-1-1 calls were released to the public. Having the 9-1-1 calls, which the police had previously declined to release, gave radio and TV reporters more material to report on.


The Project for Excellence in Journalism reported that media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case became the first story in 2012 to be featured more than the presidential race. According to the Project, the varying types of media have focused on the case in different ways. An article in the Tampa Bay Times wrote that, “on Twitter, people are outraged at Zimmerman and want justice, while on cable news and talk radio people are discussing the state’s laws for self-defense and gun control and on blogs the focus has been on race.”


Fox News news magazine host Geraldo Rivera, a former NBC employee, asserted that MSNBC “made an ideological decision that… they would argue strenuously for the prosecution of George Zimmerman and the ultimate conviction of George Zimmerman… They are cheerleading for the conviction of George Zimmerman.”




Social media

Robert Mackey, a blogger at The New York Times, wrote that a “wave of vitriol” was aimed at Martin by “conservatives online” in an attempt to make Martin appear menacing by selectively highlighting images from his social media accounts. In one case an image of a different person also named Trayvon Martin in a “gangsta” pose was reprinted in conservative blogs and publications such as the Daily Caller and Michelle Malkin‘s blog.


The trial is now scheduled for June 10, 2013. There will also be pre-trial evidentiary hearings in April.



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Still Supporting YOUR 2nd Amendment Right…. To Die From Gun Violence?

By Jueseppi B.



LAPD on manhunt for ex-LAPD officer: Suspect Christoper Dorner, former sniper Credits: NBC
Hat Tip/Shout Out to the ExaminerLA Times & WGN TV.
The LAPD is on a manhunt on Thursday morning in Los Angeles for an ex-LAPD officer who threatened warfare against police in an online manifesto and who has so far allegedly shot three police officers and two women. The Los Angeles Times reports on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, that local, state, and federal authorities are involved in the massive manhunt.

The ex-LAPD officer, 33-year-old Christoper Jordan Dorner, is suspected to have shot three police officers, one of them fatally, early Thursday morning in Riverside County.


Two women who were delivering newspapers in Torrance were shot by the former Los Angeles Police Department officer while the manhunt is under way. One woman was shot in the hand, the other in the back.


Christoper Jordan Dorner is believed to be driving a 2005 Nissan Titan and freeway signs in Los Angeles are asking motorists to call 911 if anyone spots the ex-LAPD officer’s vehicle.


The LAPD and the CHP are on a citywide alert and have issued a “blue alert” for nine Southern California counties warning that the ex-LAPD officer is “”armed and extremely dangerous.”







The former LAPD officer suspected in shootings targeting law enforcement and their families warned in an online manifesto that he had a deep understanding of the tactics being used to stop him, was heavily armed and planned far-reaching violence.


Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, posted the 6,000-word manifesto on his Facebook page following the killings of the daughter of a former Los Angeles Police Department captain and the woman’s fiance. Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence were found dead Sunday night in their car in Irvine.


Dorner is also suspected in the shootings Thursday of three police officers, one fatally, in Riverside County.







The manifesto promised a “violence of action,” a military term for swift, surprising, overwhelming force.


Dorner, a former Navy reservist who has undergone training at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, Va., said he was equipped with a sophisticated “Barrett .50” sniper rifle that would leave law enforcement vehicles useless. The rifles are sometimes used to stop vehicles with a round to the engine block.


Dorner said he also was carrying shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missiles for attacks to defend against “airships or gunships.”


“I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving,” Dorner wrote.


Numerous law enforcement officials were mentioned by name as potential targets, but he warned that he was casting an enormous net in his effort to spread the killing.


“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. [Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] is my strength and your weakness. You will now live the life of the prey,” he warned.




PHOTOS: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer


Ex-LAPD officer threatened to kill in online manifesto


Ex-LAPD cop tried to steal boat, flee to Mexico, authorities say




Two Riverside Police Department officers were shot around 1:30 a.m. Thursday while they were on routine patrol near Magnolia and Arlington, police said.

The officers were apparently stopped at a light when they were ambushed. Both officers were hit, but they were somehow able to radio for help.


The officers were taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other was undergoing surgery and was in unknown condition.


A command post has been set up at Arlington and Brockton. School has been canceled for Thursday at Notre Dame High School.


In addition, an LAPD officer was reportedly shot and suffered a graze wound in the area of Magnolia and the 15 Freeway in Corona.


A command post has been set up on the Magnolia overpass to the 15 Freeway.


Corona police said that schools in the area have been alerted to the ongoing situation, but that classes are continuing as normal.


Dorner is believed to be driving a black Nissan Titan pickup, California license plate 8D83987 or 7X09131. He may have changed the plates to elude authorities.


Dorner is wanted for allegedly killing Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan, the daughter of a former LAPD officer, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence.


The couple was found shot to death in the parking lot of their upscale apartment complex in Irvine on Sunday night.


Authorities say that Dorner wrote an online manifesto threatening to harm police officials and their families.


Law enforcement sources said police have placed security at the homes of L.A. police officials named in the manifesto and believe Dorner has numerous weapons.


In the online postings, Dorner specifically named retired L.A. police captain Randy Quan, the father of Monica Quan.


Randy Quan apparently served as Dorner’s representative in the process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal.


Dorner was fired in 2008 for allegedly making false statements about his field training officer, who he accused of kicking a suspect.


The LAPD Board of Rights found that the complaint was false and terminated his employment for making false statements. He appealed the action.


Dorner said in his online postings that being a police officer had been his life’s ambition since he served in the police Explorer program.


He said it was the LAPD’s fault that he lost his law enforcement and Navy careers, as well as his relationships with family and close friends.


Dorner claimed he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage at the people who forced him from his job.






He complained that Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing.


“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family.”


“There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep,” he wrote, referring to Quan and several others.


“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours,” he added.


In the document, he threatens violence against other police officers.


“The violence of action will be high…. I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” Dorner wrote.


Dorner also seemed to allude to the double murder in Irvine in the manifesto.


He says he he knows people who know him “are in disbelief” about media reports that he’s suspected of “such horrendous murders.”


“Unfortunately,” he said, “this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.”


Dorner’s last known address is in La Palma. He is described as a 6-foot-tall African American who weighs about 270 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.


Anyone with information is asked to call a tip line at (714) 724-7192. If you see Dorner, you should call 911 immediately.


Thank you to The  ExaminerLA Times & WGN TV.



From Ms. Emily L. Hauser:


1,600 Americans fatally shot since Newtown.


More than 1,600, actually. In 55 days.


That averages out to 29 people a day. On Christmas, 30 Americans were killed by guns. On New Year’s Day, it was 58. On Martin Luther King Day, 28. Last Thursday was a good day — only 13 Americans were shot to death that day.


Click here to see Slate’s utterly breath-taking graphic of the gun-death tally since December 14, the date of the Newtown massacre.


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 The problem with the second amendment is twofold: 1). It was written in 1791. I have said for years the second amendment needs to be repealed/abolished. The entire U.S. Constitution needs to be revised to reflect the year 2013, not 1791, when it was drafted. There is no reason on earth a document written in 1791 should govern a nation in 2013.

2).  It was written specifically for the weapons of the day, which were flintlock pistols and black powder muskets. It was also written to protect caucasian slave owners and all frightened caucasian citizens…from the African slaves brought over in the belly of slave ships from the Continent of Africa, in case of slave uprisings.


The second amendment, or which Americans are so damn proud, needs to be repealed/abolished. ASAP.












Mayors Against Illegal Guns





Mayors Against Illegal Guns is flying more than 100 gun violence survivors and family members of victims to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress next Tuesday and Wednesday.

They’re coming to share their personal stories of tragedy and loss. They’re coming to deliver more than 1.2 million petitions in support of common sense gun reform — including yours. They’re coming to Demand A Plan to end gun violence in America.


There has never been a moment like this before in the history of our country. More than 100 people whose lives have been changed forever by gun violence are going to be heard by Congress at a crucial moment.

Survivors and family members from mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, Tucson, and Virginia Tech. And those who have lived with the cost of the 33 Americans who are murdered with guns every day.

There’s no one better to share the message that we need to fix our broken gun laws. With your support, Mayors Against Illegal Guns will make sure their voice — and yours — is heard by Congress.

Please help Demand A Plan.

Thank you for your support,

Mark Glaze
Mayors Against Illegal Guns






Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Gabrielle On The Hill

By Jueseppi B.






Gabby Giffords made deeply moving opening remarks at today’s Senate hearing on gun violence. This was the first hearing on guns since President Obama stepped forward with his recommendations, and Former Congresswoman Giffords made the most of the opportunity to call on members of Congress to take action now:

“We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you.”

Please take a minute to watch Gabby Giffords’ powerful speech, and then call on your members of Congress to take action to end gun violence.




Gabby Giffords’ heartfelt appeal to Congress


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Gabby Giffords made deeply moving opening remarks at today’s Senate hearing on gun violence. This was the first hearing on guns since President Obama stepped forward with his recommendations, and Former Congresswoman Giffords made the most of the opportunity to call on members of Congress to take action now.






Former Congresswoman Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly called on Congress to take immediate action.

Here’s what Congress can do right now to reduce gun violence:


  • Stop the sale of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.


  • Make gun trafficking a federal crime with harsh penalties.



These are simple solutions that will save lives. They don’t interfere with the Second Amendment, and they are popular with the overwhelming majority of Americans — including gun owners and NRA members.

We need to follow Gabby Giffords’ lead and call on Congress to act RIGHT NOW:


Thank you for supporting Gabby and calling on Congress to act.

Mark Glaze
Mayors Against Illegal Guns






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Is The NRA (Nutjob Racist Anti-Americans) Finally Ready To Fall?

By Jueseppi B.






The NRA has blocked progress on gun violence prevention for years—but right now there’s an opening. Can help support our emergency campaign to keep the NRA on their heels and push for real change?


Are we finally ready to take on the National Rifle Association?


The NRA’s power has long been an explanation—and an excuse—for why we can’t pass serious gun violence prevention laws in America.


But in the wake of Sandy Hook, something has shifted. Maybe it’s the polls showing a 18-point jump in support for stronger laws. Or the fact that most gun owners and NRA members disagree with the NRA’s policy agenda. Or the bizarre press conference by Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s CEO, where he called for more guns in schools.




Whatever the reason, it’s suddenly clear that the NRA ISN’T all-powerful. Yes, they spend a boatload of money on lobbying and elections—but so did Big Tobacco, and laws limiting smoking are now commonplace. Public opinion matters. The NRA can’t block an idea whose time has come. 


The Obama Administration and state-level elected officials around the country are debating how ambitious their reforms can be. We urgently need to keep the NRA on its heels—to prevent them from regaining the upper hand in setting the agenda. So we’re putting together an emergency campaign to do exactly that. Can you chip in $5?



Yes, I’ll chip in $5 to keep the NRA on its heels so that real work on gun violence prevention can move forward.



Here’s what we’re doing.

1) Catalyzing a huge wave of local organizing to counter the NRA’s network. A broad range of folks need to come together—parents, law enforcement officials, health experts, gun owners, community leaders, religious leaders, and more—on the local level to act as a political counterweight to the NRA’s boots-on-the-ground network. And the good news is, there’s already a ton happening: MoveOn members have started over 100 local Community Committees Against Gun Violence, on the heels of over 300 vigils just after Sandy Hook.







And there’s much more energy out there—but people need support to get organized. We need to pay for organizers, and for local advertising—from online ads to billboards—so that folks know what’s happening in their town and can get connected. And then we need more resources for flyers, yard signs, meeting space rentals, and more.



2) Launching hard-hitting actions highlighting the NRA’s extremism at the national level. We need to pay for ads and organizers that support in-person volunteer-led events in New York and Washington, DC to draw the national media’s attention to the NRA’s political extremism.







Chip in $5 to keep on its heels and demand real solutions for gun violence.



Here’s just one example: a coalition of gun groups have called for a “gun appreciation day” just before President Obama’s inauguration. They’re asking people to go to local gun stores and gun shows “with your Constitution, American flags and your ‘Hands Off My Guns’ sign.”






Maria Roach, a MoveOn leader and founder of a new gun violence prevention group called United for Change USA, started a petition against this “Gun Appreciation Day,” and it already has over 20,000 signers. With support, she can pull off a high-profile event to deliver these signatures directly to the NRA headquarters in Washington, driving media attention and putting the NRA on the spot—does it really want to support something like this in the wake of the brutal murders of 26 people in Newtown?





There are hundreds of other member led campaigns bubbling up that we want to similarly support—since any of them could be the thing that breaks through and captures the attention of the national media.


We have a brief window to take all the people who are moved to act, give them the help they need to organize, and knit them together into a national campaign that can’t be ignored—to cement the emerging conventional wisdom that the NRA is a retrograde, out-of-touch, industry-funded interest group that can’t stop needed progress.


We CAN pass strong laws at the federal, state, and local level to prevent gun violence—if the NRA stays on the defense. And MoveOn members are already organizing to make that happen.


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It’s Been A Week….Whats Different…..

By Jueseppi B.







Absolutely nothing. 


Thats the sad part about the aftermath of the lives taken from us at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There has been talk, discussion, deniability,  finger pointing, stupidity, words tossed around.


But no action.


Commissions and press conferences and promises mean nothing Washington. The 28 funerals are what matter. Twenty child coffins…eight adult coffins. And we still have not learned a damn thing.



We’ve placed the blame for this massacre on mental illness.

We’ve placed the blame for this massacre on the absence of God.

We’ve placed the blame for this massacre on bad parenting.

We’ve placed the blame for this massacre on teachers not being armed.

We’ve placed the blame for this massacre on a need for more guns.


We’ve placed the blame for this massacre on everything BUT the reason 28 people are dead in Newtown, Connecticut.


Availability Of Handguns and Assault Weapons.

Availability Of Body Armour.

Availability Of Drum Magazines & Assault Ammo Clips.


Thats why we have to observe 28 Memorial Services.

Thats why we have to observe 28 Funerals.

Thats why we have to observe 28 Burials.

Thats why we have to observe 27 Grieving Families.


We have to do all this because Americans fight to have the right to bear arms.

We have to do all this because Americans fight to have the right to kill one another.

We have to do all this because Americans fight to have the right to own weapons of war.

We have to do all this because Americans fight to have the right to use weapons of mass destruction.



What town will mourn next?

How many will die in the next massacre?

What weapons will be used next time?

How long before we have more mass burials?

Will your family member be next?



Rest In Peace All Children Of God. May your families find peace and may America stop the gun violence.

We will never forget your faces……



















Daniel Barden
























Victims of Sandy Hook Shooting




James Mattioli











































































We will never forget your names………


Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (6).

– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (7).

– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (29).

– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (6).

– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (7).

– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (6).

– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male (6).

– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (47)


Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female (6).

– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female (6).

– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (7).

– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male (6).

– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male (6).

– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female (7).

– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (52).

– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female (6).


Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male (6).

– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (6).


Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female (6).

– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female (6).

– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (6).

– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (30).

– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female (56).


Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (27).

– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (6).

– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female (6).

 -Nancy J. Lanza, (52)

 -Adam Lanza, (20)



America Better Wake The “Samuel L. Jackson” Up.





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