City Council Trayvon Martin Hoodies by CelesteKatz

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									                         THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
                      COUNCIL MEMBERS MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO
                                           AND LETITIA JAMES
                                                                                    CITY HALL
                                                                            NEW YORK, NY 10007
                                                                                  (212) 788-7116
 **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

CONTACT: Joe Taranto, Council Member Viverito’s Office                              March 26, 2012
         (917) 535-5531, jtaranto@council.nyc.gov
         Aja Worthy-Davis, Council Member James’ Office
         (212) 788-7081


    CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO WEAR HOODIES WEDNESDAY, CALL FOR
                   JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

New York, NY – This Wednesday, March 28th, New York City Council Members will wear
hoodies at an action on the steps of City Hall at 12:30 PM to call for justice for Trayvon Martin.
After a brief press conference, participating Council Members and their staff will attend the
Council’s Stated meeting in their hoodies. They will also bring Skittles and iced tea, which
Trayvon carried as he was shot and killed because he looked “like he [was] up to no good." This
action is being coordinated by Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Letitia James, and
several Council Members have already confirmed their participation (list in formation).

"The senseless murder of Trayvon Martin is an unspeakable tragedy and his family deserves
justice," said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. "Incidents like these only serve as a
reminder of how much further we as a society have to go until all people are treated equally. As
the 911 calls from that tragic night demonstrate, Trayvon was targeted strictly based on his
appearance. The fact that George Zimmerman has not been brought up on any charges only
reinforces the cynicism in communities of color about our law enforcement and criminal justice
systems. I send my deepest condolences to Trayvon's family and remain hopeful that, with the
growing pressure being felt throughout the nation, his killer will be brought to justice. This
Wednesday, we will send the message that the City Council will not stand silent against such
flagrant injustices, no matter where they occur."

"The sad reality of the Trayvon Martin tragedy is one that plagues urban communities
throughout America," said Council Member Letitia James. "People of color, particularly
young men of color, are faced with bouts of racism each day. As I zip up my hoodie, sip my iced
tea, and snack on some Skittles, I extend my heart to the Martin family and demand justice for
Trayvon."

The hoodie has emerged as a symbol to remember Trayvon’s story and the failure of the Sanford
Police Department to bring his killer to justice. Last week, Trayvon's parents joined a Million
Hoodie March in Union Square and on Friday, nearly 300 Congressional staffers held a "Hoodies
on the Hill" protest. Yesterday, congregants in churches across New York City wore hoodies to
call for an end to discrimination.
"Wearing a hoodie should not be a death sentence," said Council Member Debi Rose. "Today,
we are standing in solidarity with all of the Trayvons, cut down in their prime solely because of
how they look and what they wear. The choice of clothing that one chooses to wear should not
relegate them to unwarranted search, negative profiling, or the most tragic of outcomes, death.
All people of good conscience and a sense of justice must stand to ensure that this type of
vigilante justice is stopped now.

“As a parent of two teenage children I am concerned about their safety and this tragic incident
underscores my and many other parents fears in the African-American community. It is
important we come together as a community, city, and nation, in order to understand why and
how this took place so we can stop these calamities from occurring in the future," said Council
Member Leroy Comrie. "The attempt to hide behind the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in this
situation is transparent and the profiling that took place in this matter is disturbing. Listening to
the chilling 9-1-1 account as Trayvon called for help, compelled me to work with my local
Community Council to organize a march and rally this Saturday at 10:00am in Southeast Queens
to not only protest, but also to educate our youth about their rights. My hearts and prayers go out
to Trayvon Martin and his family in this difficult time and I hope justice will prevail.”

Earlier today, Speaker Christine Quinn announced that she would be introducing a resolution
with Council Members Mark-Viverito, James and other colleagues “that will condemn this
killing, the weaknesses in its investigation and the lack of an arrest. Our resolution will also call
for an examination of stand your ground laws nationwide, including their impact on increasing
the flow of illegal guns to New York City.”

"Trayvon Martin has tragically become something far more than a boy who senselessly lost his
life. His death has become a cry for us to do more to confront ongoing racism in this country,”
said Council Member Brad Lander. “I hope that the local police will make an arrest today,
and that the Justice Department will investigate whether this was a hate crime. But more than
that: I hope we will all see the need to confront the enduring racial bias that too often persists, so
deeply rooted in our personal reactions, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our policing
practices, and our public policies. Let's work to honor Trayvon's memory by doing more to
advance Dr. King's dream, toward which we still have so far to go."

"Wearing a hoodie shouldn't be a capital offense" said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.
"Trayvon's death struck a chord in New York City because we've seen far too many young Black
and Latino men killed unjustly. Council Members James and Mark-Viverito have brought the
Council together to stand up against this injustice, and I'll be wearing a hoodie with them to
show that Trayvon's death will not be forgotten."

"Trayvon's life was cut short at the promising age of 17. Thanks to runaway gun laws, his loved
ones will be unable to see him reach his full potential as a scholar or an athlete. His loss reminds
us all of the dangers of intolerance, while the inadequate handling of his death by the Sanford
City Police Department highlights the need to reform radical gun policies," said Council
Member Robert Jackson.

"In the face of this terrible tragedy, we must coalesce and demand justice for the unwarranted
death of Trayvon Martin," said NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Queens). "I would
like to express my deepest sympathies to Trayvon's family and call upon local law enforcement
to fully and fairly investigate the case because such blatant injustices are not acceptable in our
society."

"In this country, we need to have a clear and quick response to profiling and biased murders,
whether committed by civilians or police officers,” said Council Member Rosie Mendez. “We
demand justice for Trayvon Martin as well as for all New Yorkers who have been subject to
profiling."

"The Trayvon Martin incident was a horrible tragedy that never should have happened -- and
certainly not in this country," said Council Member Dan Garodnick. "The investigation needs
to be swift and comprehensive, and must conclude in a way that ensures that justice is served."

"This madness must stop! We demand justice, before we are forced into desperate means to
protect ourselves,” said Council Member Charles Barron. “The Department of Justice should
immediately arrest George Zimmerman and begin the prosecution of this case."

“There is no experience worse for a parent than losing a child. For the parents of young Trayvon
Martin though, the situation is made more unbearable due to Stand your Ground, outrageous
legislation passed by the politicians in Florida. George Zimmerman, the murderer, might remain
free because he claims that he felt threatened even though Mr. Martin was unarmed and returning
from the store. Without this law, Trayvon might be alive or, at the very least, we could rest
assured that justice would prevail. I look forward to standing with my colleagues in the City
Council in my hoodie to remember Trayvon Martin and demand justice for his family,” said
Council Member Gale A. Brewer.


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