by Frederick H. Lowe -The North Star News
The parents of murder victims Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis will participate in the launch of a national self-defense campaign on Monday, March 10, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla.
The rally will begin at 9:30a.m., and it will be held in front of the Tallahassee Leon County Center.
The call for self defense follows the shooting deaths of Martin and Davis, two unarmed teenagers who were murdered by white men in Florida.
Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman. And an all women’s, mostly white, jury acquitted Zimmerman of murdering Martin. And a jury failed to convict Michael Dunn of murder in the killing of Jordan Davis.
“Across the nation, African-American clergy, civil rights leaders, business owners and concerned citizens will be mobilizing to protest and challenge judicial biases regarding people of color and the poor under a new banner titled, ‘The Self Defense Campaign,'” organizers said.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, the parents of Trayvon Martin, the parents of Jordan Davis, and Tom Joyner, a syndicated radio talk show host, are scheduled to speak at the rally. The family of Marissa Alexander, a woman who fired a warning shot in the air to keep at bay her estranged and abusive husband, also will speak. Alexander faces 60 years in prison.
All three cases either were handled or will be handled by Florida prosecutor Angela Corey. Corey is seeking to have Alexander sentenced to 60 years in prison.