ATHENS – United Campus Ministries is holding a
Justice For Trayvon
vigil at the Athens County Courthouse
Monday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The courthouse is
located on the corner of Court Street and Washington Street in Uptown Athens.
years the midday vigil has focused on protesting war and social injustice.
UCM is encouraging participants to bring signs
in support of justice for
Trayvon Martin, the Sanford, Fla teenager shot to death
while walking home.
Prosecutors had charged Zimmerman, a
community watchman, with second-degree murder with a
lessor and included charge of manslaughter,
arguing Zimmerman initiated the confrontation while Martin was walking home at
the time of his death. Zimmerman and Martin were both residents of the
The verdict has
raised nationwide concerns
over Florida’s Stand
Your Ground. Enacted in 2005, the
statute allows someone who believed their live was in danger or
they were in danger of
grievous bodily harm to use lethal force. The law expanded the def inition of self-defense and
can immunize the use of deadly force.
Congressional Black Caucus is
reportedly working on a number of bills designed to limit the use of so-called stand
your ground laws as a defense in federal cases.
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