Rally For Justice on the Boston Common Thursday 4.12.2012
Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common(Gazebo near the corner of Boylston and Charles Streets)
"Join us... To show support for Trayvon Martin's family as they demand a thorough investigation of all circumstances surrounding Trayvon's death along with a demand for justice.
To emphatically express the citizen's opposition to a proposed "Stand Your Ground" [S661] bill presently before the Massachusetts State Legislature
After the rally you are invited to join a lobbying campaign of legislators at the State House" - Blackstonian
February 26, 2012 Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old......was shot and killed in Florida. The accused shooter was not held on charges, because of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. In a previous article I'd written for UNregular Radio paraphrasing the hell out of The Boston Phoenix's Chris Farone and wikipedia, I very loosly recapped the Florida "Stand Your Ground" law, as well as it's Massachusetts counterpart.
"Stand Your Ground (FL*) states that '...A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony...'"
"The language of the MA bill is a bit different stating: 'Section 8A. It shall be an act of lawful defense if a person, who is an occupant of a dwelling or in any place that they have a right to be, used deadly force, or less than deadly force, if he or she acted in the reasonable belief that an assailant was about to inflict great bodily injury or death upon themselves or upon another person who also had a right to be in the location.'
'Section 85U. No person who has committed an act of lawful defense as outlined in section 8A of chapter 278 shall be held liable in an action for damages for death or injuries to an assailant.'"
- UNregular Radio
Now's our chance to really make a difference in MA state legislature, they need to know that laws targeting minorities are not acceptable.