The Black Law Students Association at Thomas M. Cooley Ann Arbor We are Trayvon Martin Justice Rally
MARCH 27, 2012
A Message from Our National Chapter (NBSLA) Monday, March 26th, marked the one-month anniversary since our 17 year-old brother, Trayvon Martin, was fatally killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman in central Florida. That watchman, George Zimmerman, continues to walk the streets as a free man. Trayvonâ€™s mother and father continue to mourn the loss of their beloved son and questions remain unanswered.
FAMU Lawâ€™s BLSA Chapter started ourandstudent byfor gathering in front of the Seminole As young legal professionals, we must lead by example teach our movement, children how to fight justice. County Courthouse and demanding a federal probe into the murder of brother Trayvon and meeting with local prosecutors. Throughout the nation, local BLSA chapters, community organizations and advocacy leaders are organizing rallies and protests calling for the immediate arrest of George Zimmerman. We cannot stop there. We have been called to action to seek justice for Trayvon and make sure that a travesty like this does not happen again. We must not only bring awareness to this situation but to these laws.
â€œI think people are angry because this brings us back to a time in our history where black people fought for equal rights and were victims of racism.â€?
â€œI was 17 years-old once. I was a teenager just like Trayvon. It could have been me.â€?
â€œThe reality is racism is still very alive in America. It is not just white people who are racist. Anyone can be racist if they harbor enough hate for one group.â€?
â€œSome people do not understand the reaction to the Trayvon Martin travesty. Instead of being angry towards them, sit them down and have a conversation.â€?
“This is not about black and white. A human being killed an innocent human being, and nothing is being done about it.”
“Gun laws like Stand Your Ground hurt more than they help. Innocent people are being killed every day because these laws encourage people to take matters in their own hands.”
About BLSA at Thomas M. Cooley Ann Arbor
BLSA Ann Arbor chapter was founded in September 2009, when our campus first opened its doors. We are a recognized chapter with NBLSA and a regional chapter of the Mighty, Mighty Midwest region. We welcome all to join our chapter!
Thank You BLSA would like to thank all of the students and faculty who supported our call to action. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the students who participated in our rally and shared their thoughts in our discussion.
We would also like to thank the Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) for contributing to our rally.