Posts tagged "Florida"

Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Chicago Teachers Union issues strike date; racism at the Republic National Convention; Standard and Poor's downgrades Illinois

The Chicago Teachers Union issued a strike date late Thursday evening – the union will begin its strike on Sept. 10.  The announcement comes after a summer of brewing tensions between the CTU and Chicago Public School officials. CPS has prepared a $25 million fund to keep services open for students if teachers walk out.... Read more »

Friday's Barbershop Show: Will Trayvon Martin launch new racial justice movement?

The death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot by a leader of a neighborhood watch group, almost went down in history as another black youth fatally shot, with a killer never brought to justice. But the heartbreaking details of the case – the 17-year-old Florida teenager was holding only a pack of skittles and... Read more »