February 24, 2014
I wrote many of you previously to urge you to join me on a delegation to Jacksonville, Florida, on February 26, two years since the vigilante murder of Trayvon Martin and 11 days since a Florida court refused to convict Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis. The role of this was to shine a spotlight on nationwide resistance being manifested on this day as hundreds of people in cities across the country gather at the seats of power and influence in hoodies and holding targets to say NO MORE to the murder of Black youth.
Juanita Young (she’s the mother of Malcolm Ferguson who was murdered by a NY cop in 2000. She has been a leader in the movement to stop police brutality ever since) and I are going on this delegation, and I’m writing now to urge you to join us. It will make a real difference if people whose voices have impact in society are in Jacksonville with us. It will send a message to the youth who live their lives with a bulls-eye on their backs that there are people who will stand with them in opposition to this; and to parents who fear that when their children leave the house in the morning they may not return safely that others share their concerns.
I again urge you to, if at all possible, join us on this delegation. If you can’t possibly do this, it will make a difference if you (1) Issue a statement or speak to the media in support of those who will be saying, We Are All Trayvon Martin; We Are All Jordan Davis; on February 26. (2) Contribute generously to help deal with the expenses of the delegation. [You can make a tax deductible contribution by writing a check to: The Alliance for Global Justice and putting Stop Mass Incarceration Florida delegation in the memo line.] (3) Spread the word on February 26: Here are links to a video Cornel West and I issued calling on people to act on February 26: http://revcom.us/a/330extra/cornel-west-carl-dix-all-out-february-26-en.html ; and to a statement on the Jordan Davis case I issued right after the verdict: http://revcom.us/a/330extra/statement-by-carl-dix-on-mistrial-in-the-murder-of-jordan-davis-en.html .
You can get back to me on this via e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling me at (347) 423-8854.