#RememberingTrayvon

His death sparked a global movement; Black Lives Matter remembers Trayvon Martin five years later

SANFORD, FL — Today marks the fifth anniversary of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whose extrajudicial murder sparked a global movement to demand an end to state-sanctioned violence against Black people. Trayvon — who was profiled, stalked, and killed in his neighborhood of Sanford, FL, by vigilante George Zimmerman — is remembered by his family and friends as kind and gentle. Zimmerman’s acquittal and the subsequent police murder of Michael Brown and public uprising in Ferguson, MO, catalyzed the Movement for Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

Among the organizations that first responded to the immediate outrage from Black communities and allies alike was the Dream Defenders, a Florida-based grassroots organization committed to nonviolent resistance and shifting culture through organizing.

“The Dream Defenders were birthed, not because of Trayvon’s murder, but because we were inspired by the youth in Miami had already come alive — walking out of class to protest the loss of one of their own. We were inspired by them. That must be acknowledged,” said co-director Umi Selah. “Then and now, Dream Defenders is focused on defending the lives of children in Florida. His death was an alarm clock for so many of us who had grown complacent after the election of President Obama. His voice called out to us, and I will never forget the moment I heard his story.”

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In remembrance of Trayvon, his family, and the movement’s beginnings, Black Lives Matter is sharing #TrayvonTaughtMe, a toolkit for organizers and activists that stresses continued conversation about the extrajudicial killing of Black people by vigilantes and law enforcement, who are frequently granted impunity for their crimes.

“For decades, Black activists have demanded policy makers take seriously their responsibility to end the extrajudicial police and vigilante murders of Black children and people,” said Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. “Americans’ explicit and implicit prejudice against Black people led to the conditions under which Trayvon was murdered. We all have a moral and ethical responsibility to avenge his death — he could have been any of our kids.”

Additionally, in partnership with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) — an advocacy organization committed to moving white people to doing more to realize racial justice — BLM is sharing #TalkAboutTrayvon, a toolkit that encourages white people to have critical conversations about racism and steps we can all take to eliminate it.

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“Trayvon’s murder was a moment of moral reckoning for millions of white people,” said SURJ co-director Heather Cronk. “It was a belated awakening to the long history of violence against Black people and how our unwillingness to put privileges aside and have courageous conversations about racism, and anti-Blackness specifically, led to Zimmerman murdering Trayvon and getting away with it.”

In collaboration with Gbenga Akkinagbe, founder of Liberated People, and activist-writer Michaela Angela Davis, BLM is supporting the launch of the #OurSonTrayvon campaign, whose goal is to create a sustainable movement humanizing Black children in the collective imagination. Liberated People is donating 15 percent of the proceeds of the #OurSonTrayvon Hoodie to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

“When I began Liberated People, it was to illustrate how the struggle for justice and equality is similar all over the world,” Akkinagbe said. “I will never forget what Trayvon gave us five years ago: a name, a face, and a symbol to rally around, to connect to. In his honor, I am honored Liberated People has made the Our Son Trayvon hoodie.”

Among other things, the Black Lives Matter Global Network is strongly encouraging people to donate to the Trayvon Martin Foundation to realize its mission of ending gun violence and strengthening families by providing community support.

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The Black Lives Matter Global Network organizes to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people. By combating and countering acts of violence and creating space for Black imagination and innovation, we are building power and winning immediate improvements in our lives.

#RecordandoTrayvon

Su muerte provocó un movimiento global; Black Lives Matter recuerda a Trayvon Martin cinco años después

SANFORD, FL — Hoy se cumple el quinto aniversario del asesinato de Trayvon Martin, de 17 años, cuyo asesinato extrajudicial provocó un movimiento global para exigir el fin de la violencia sancionada por el Estado contra los negros. Trayvon — que fue perfilado, acosado, y matado en su vecindario de Sanford, FL, por el vigilante George Zimmerman — es recordado por su familia y amigos como amable y gentil. La absolución de Zimmerman y el posterior asesinato policial de Michael Brown y el levantamiento público en Ferguson, MO, catalizaron el Movement for Black Lives y el Black Lives Matter Global Network.

Entre las organizaciones que primero respondieron a la indignación inmediata de las comunidades y aliados negros Dream Defenders, una organización comunitaria basada en la Florida comprometida con la resistencia no violenta y cambiando la cultura a través de la organización.

“Dream Defenders nacio, no por el asesinato de Trayvon, sino porque los jóvenes de Miami habían cobrado vida, saliendo de clase para protestar por la pérdida de uno de ellos. Nos inspiraron ellos. Eso debe ser reconocido,” dijo Codirector Umi Selah. “Entonces y ahora, nos enfocamos en defender las vidas de niños en la Florida. Su muerte fue un despertador para muchos de nosotros que nos habíamos vuelto complacientes después de la elección del presidente Obama. Su voz nos llamó, y nunca olvidaré el momento en que oí su historia. Hoy, estamos trabajando para poner fin a la detención de jóvenes en Florida.”

En recuerdo de Trayvon, su familia y los fundadores del movimiento, Black Lives Matter está lanzando #TrayvonTaughtMe (#TrayvonMeEnseñó), una campaña de educación política que enfatiza la conversación continua sobre el asesinato extrajudicial de negros por los vigilantes y las fuerzas de la ley, a quienes se les impone la impunidad .

“Durante décadas, los activistas negros han exigido que los responsables políticos tomen en serio su responsabilidad de poner fin a los asesinatos de policías y vigilantes extrajudiciales contra niños y personas negros,” dijo Patrisse Khan-Cullors, cofundadora de Black Lives Matter Global Network. “El prejuicio explícito e implícito de los estadounidenses contra los negros llevó a las condiciones bajo las cuales Trayvon fue asesinado. Todos tenemos la responsabilidad moral y ética de vengar su muerte, podría haber sido cualquiera de nuestros hijos.”

Adicionalmente, en asociación con la organización “Showing Up for Racial Justice” (SURJ) -una organización de defensa comprometida a mover a los blancos a hacer más para lograr justicia racial- BLM está lanzando la campaña de medios sociales #TalkAboutTrayvon (#HablarSobreTrayvon), que anima a los blancos a tener conversaciones críticas sobre el racismo y los pasos que todos podemos tomar para eliminarlo.

“El asesinato de Trayvon fue un momento de recuento moral para millones de personas blancas,” dijo codirector de SURJ; Heather Cronk. “Fue una comprensión de la larga historia de la violencia contra los negros y cómo nuestra renuencia a poner los privilegios a un lado y tener conversaciones valientes sobre el racismo, y anti-negritud específicamente, llevó a Zimmerman asesinar a Trayvon y salirse sin ir a prisión.”

En colaboración con Gbenga Akkinagbe, fundadora de Liberated People, Y activista-escritor Michaela Angela Davis, BLM apoya el lanzamiento de la campaña #OurSonTrayvon (#NuestroHijoTrayvon), cuyo objetivo es crear un movimiento sostenible humanizando a los niños negros en el imaginario colectivo. Liberated People está donando el 15 por ciento de los ingresos #OurSonTrayvon hoodie a la Fundación Trayvon Martin.

“Cuando empecé a Liberated People, fue para ilustrar cómo la lucha por la justicia y la igualdad es similar en todo el mundo,” dijo Akkinagbe. “Nunca olvidaré lo que Trayvon nos dio hace cinco años: un nombre, un rostro y un símbolo para reunirnos, para conectar. En su honor, estoy honrado el Our Son Trayvon hoodie echo por Liberated People.”

Entre otras cosas, la Black Lives Matter Global Network está sugiriendo fuertemente que donar a la Fundación Trayvon Martin para cumplir su misión de poner fin a la violencia armada y proporcionar apoyo comunitario a las familias.