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AFL-CIO Exec Council Says it Will Fight to End “Stand Your Ground” Laws

26 Jul

In a press release yesterday, the AFL-CIO Executive Council issues a statement callin for “Social and Economic Justice for People of Color.”   The AFL-CIO is the latest in a long line of organizations calling for an end to “Stand Your Ground” laws in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial.  Florida’s stand your ground law was not used in the Zimmerman trial yet it has become a hot button issue for those who feel that Zimmerman should have been convicted.

The labor movement gains its strength from our common belief that all people have intrinsic value and deserve dignity as their birthright, and that people of every race, religion, color and sexual orientation deserve access to the “American Dream.”

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The Trayvon Martin case is a painful wake-up call that much work remains to be done in the march toward opportunity and justice for all. President Obama recently noted that we all need to do some soul-searching and start a conversation about race in America in families and churches and workplaces. As we re-dedicate ourselves to continue this march, along with our allies, we will heed the President’s call to begin conversations about race with our leadership, members and staff to ensure that this tragedy leads to real action and tangible change.

The AFL-CIO will be deliberate in our commitment to advancing a full dialogue regarding racial disparities and violence in all our communities.

We shall encourage our national affiliates and our state and local bodies to participate fully in a dialogue with our partners and allies and work diligently to support policies at the federal, state and local level that eliminate discrimination, profiling and violence and to denounce Stand Your Ground laws that are advanced by the anti-worker, pro-voter suppression American Legislative Exchange Council.

 

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As Predicted, Holder Uses Trayvon Martin to Shill for Repeal of Stand Your Ground

16 Jul

As Predicted, Holder Uses Trayvon Martin to Shill Anti-Gun Rhetoric

Posted on July 16, 2013

It did not take Attorney General Eric Holder long to call for an end to Stand Your Ground laws after the George Zimmerman acquittal.  At least he had the decency to admit that the Trayvon Martin case had absolutely nothing to do with the stand your ground defense:

“Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation’s attention, it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods. (Cheers, applause.) These laws try to fix something that was never broken. There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the “if” is important — if no safe retreat is available.”  Attorney General Eric Holder speaking to NAACP Convention July 16, 2013

Of course, most people will not see the disconnect between the Trayvon Martin shooting and stand your ground laws.  As a politician first and a law enforcement officer second, Eric Holder knows this and that is precisely why he chose this crowd to make this pitch.  You see, the Attorney General of the United States has somewhat of an obligation to demonstrate some level of understanding of the case.  Those to whom he is speaking do not.  AG Holder knows that they will return to their communities throughout the nation and the message will be “repeal stand your ground for Trayvon.”

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NOT GUILTY George Zimmerman Acquitted

14 Jul

George Zimmerman has been acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Reverend Al Sharpton sys he be on the phone with the Us Department of Justice tonight pushing for Federal civil rights charges. What are your thoughts on Federal charges for Zimmerman? #georgezimmerman #trayvonmartin #revalsharpton #acqittal #usdeptofjustice