Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 26th through July 30th:
- Dream Defenders to draft ‘Trayvon’s Law’ legislation from halls of Florida’s state capitol – Reverend Jesse Jackson announced his support of the Dream Defenders today, the latest in a string of high-profile affiliations, which includes entertainment and civil rights icon Harry Belafonte.
The Dream Defenders are leading a push to repeal Stand Your Ground laws, address racial profiling, and launch a national discussion on issues catalyzed by George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
- Congressmen introduce ‘End Racial Profiling Act of 2013′ – Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) held a press conference today to introduce the “End Racial Profiling Act of 2013.”
Representatives from the NAACP and black law enforcement groups were also on hand for the discussion.
- GOP: The Pope Has Some Lessons for You… –
- Bill Thompson vs. ‘stop and frisk’: The first sign of the Zimmerman case shifting politics – The fiery denunciation of New York Police Department’s stop and frisk tactics by New York mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, the only African-American in the race, is the most obvious sign yet that the debate over racial profiling in Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case could shape politics outside of the Sunshine State.
- Jackie Gardina: A Gay-Marriage Ban With Limits – For those couples living in the 36 states that prohibit same-sex marriages, history provides a small glimmer of hope: States have never imposed a blanket non-recognition rule on marriages that violate their laws. Even in the highly charged anti-miscegenation era, when statutes went so far as to criminalize interracial unions, several states that prohibited such marriages were willing to recognize them in certain circumstances. Given this, neither the federal government nor same-sex couples residing in states where laws ban their marriage should assume that such unions are automatically void.
- Jonathan Klate: Trayvon’s Mother, George Zimmerman, and the Broken Heart of God – Like Trayvon Martin, my son died at 17. From the agony, I learned that οur healing intention must be for others and the world, not just for ourselves, or it can never be deeply resolving. Witness Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton. Fulton has much to teach us all.
- The Moral Verdict on Bradley Manning: A Conviction of Love in Action – The sun rose with a moral verdict on Bradley Manning well before the military judge could proclaim his guilt. The human verdict would necessarily clash with the proclamation from the judicial bench.
- Mock The Poor — The Conservative Media Solution To Poverty – War On PoorAs fast food workers in 7 cities walked the picket line fighting for better wages and working conditions the conservative media turned its focus towards a solution to help lift up our working men and women out of poverty — mock them.
- Tutu won’t worship ‘homophobic God’ – South Africa’s Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he will never worship a “homophobic God” and will rather go to hell.
- Is ‘Stand Your Ground’ racially biased? George Zimmerman vs. Marissa Alexander – George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin. Marissa Alexander received a 20-year sentence for firing what she said were warning shots.