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Trayvon Martin’s Parents to Speak at Dillard University

It has been over five years since the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed on February 26, 2012, by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Martin’s death sparked a national outrage and a renewed dialogue across social media and countrywide leaders about the reality of racial injustice in the United States. Martin’s parents, activists Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will appear at Dillard University on Monday (4.24) to discuss love, injustice, and the impact that their son’s short life has had on the international civil rights movement. 

Monday Mailbag

LETTERS: Plessy and Ferguson Foundation on Trayvon Martin Ruling, Culture and Climate

The great-great granddaugther of John Howard Ferguson, defendant in the landmark Civil Rights case Plessy v. Ferguson, weighs in on the Trayvon Martin ruling. Warren Senders offers his opinions on climate change as it relates to the unique culture of New Orleans.   

Rep. Richmond on Trayvon Martin: 'That's Me on a Daily Basis' (VIDEO)

In the wake of nationwide protests and President Barack Obama's Friday afternoon remarks on the Trayvon Martin case, the Sunday morning news shows took on the topics of race and justice today. Among the speakers were a pair of New Orleanians. Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans) took Obama's remarks a step further on CNN, while former NOLA Mayor Marc Morial addressed issues of urban violence on Meet the Press.

Trayvon Martin Justice Rally Saturday in New Orleans

Almost a week has passed since the acquittal of George Zimmeran in the death of Trayvon Martin, but even as the news cycle ebbs and flows the decision will continue to provoke passions for a long time to come. To put pressure on the U.S. Department of Justice to bring a civil rights case against Zimmerman, the Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on U.S. cities to organize rallie outside federal buildings on Saturday. New Orleans' own gathering is set for Saturday on Poydras.

Trayvon Martin Rally in NOLA

George Zimmerman’s long awaited trial came to a close last night with a not guilty verdict, sparking a group of New Orleanians to organize a public rally in Washington Square Park. The event, titled Solidarity for Trayvon Martin, will take place at 5pm, and attendees are encouraged to make signs, and to brave the heat in hoodies. The Community Kitchen Collective will provide food at 4:30pm. 

Sipp, Allen, Martin Protesters Vandalize City Monuments

By Shay Sokol

Community members have been up in arms following the NOPD killings of Justin Sipp and Wendell Allen earlier this month. What started as families picketing outside City Hall and NOPD Headquarters demanding justice for their sons has turned into vandalistic protest last night. Three public monuments - Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and the White League statues - were graffitied, respectively, with “For Trayvon Martin,” “For Justin Sipp,” and “For Wendell Allen,” and splashed with paint. 

NOPD Officer Jason Giroir Resigns Over Trayvon Martin Comment

By Shay Sokol

At 3 p.m. today, Officer Jason Giroir – the man behind the “thug” comment - resigned after Public Integrity Bureau Chief Arlinda Westbrook notified him that allegations of misconduct against him stuck, and that NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas called for a pre-termination hearing for Giroir. Giroir posted the online comment on referring to Trayvon Martin. “Act like a Thug Die like one!” he wrote Sunday.

More on NOPD Cop Who Called Trayvon Martin a 'Thug'

by Shay Sokol

In the wake of an NOPD officer's rapid suspension for posting comments calling Trayvon Martin a "thug," Mayor Mitch weighed in, and Giroir's past came into clearer focus. “The people of New Orleans and my Administration will not tolerate this reckless and offensive behavior,” Mayor Landrieu said in a statement yesterday.

NOPD Cop Suspended For Comment on Trayvon Martin Story

Being too loose with the online comments apparently isn't restricted to the U.S Attorney's office and those who take the name of a famous writer. One of the NOPD officers who was involved in the shootout that ended with two cops wounded and Justin Sipp dead is under internal investigation for posting incindiary comments about the Trayvon Martin case on the WWL-TV's website. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas held a press conference at NOPD Headquarters today to announce that Giroir is suspended indefinitely from the force, and that the Public Integrity Bureau will conduct an investigation into Giroir’s comments.

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