Much has been said about the death of Trayvon Martin, the trial of George Zimmerman and the ensuing acquittal . We are hurt, angry, saddened and confused at the acquittal of George Zimmerman and the denial of Trayvon Martin’s boyhood. This is the first of a multi-part series that offers suggestions to question on everyone’s mind: “Where do we go from here?”
Apparently, George Zimmerman’s record wasn’t relevant in the case of Trayvon Martin, despite that fact that his girlfriend took out a restraining order against him. Earlier that same year Zimmerman was charged with resisting arrest and battering an officer. It seems this man has a known violent history which, given his eventual killing of a child, makes us question if his history would have been relevant if his and Trayvon’s races were swapped?
While we can’t undo Trayvon’s untimely death we can save the life of another child or adult affected by this type of violence. What might have happened if, as a national community, we followed the suggestions of activists who are trying to reduce and address intimate partner violence? There is no profile of people who commit domestic violence. Every race, class, gender and age is represented in the stats.
Here are just a few organizations that are working to fight domestic violence through advocacy, counseling, and education that are actively searching for volunteers, leaders, interns and people like YOU who want to stand up and take action: Futures Without Violence has offices in San Francisco, Boston and D.C., Man Up is based on male advocacy and leadership against domestic violence in Atlanta, Turnaround Inc in Baltimore, Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project of Cambridge and Safe Horizon of New York.
You can turn your outrage into constructive collective action. Participate and become part of the solution.
by Shannon Shird