Trayvon Rally, local victim of law
- View SourceSubject: Update to Trayvon Rally
There will be a march down 15th street preceding the actual church rally. The march will begin at approx 5:30pm at the corner of NE 23rd avenue and NE 15th street, and will proceed down 15th street to the church parking lot.
The rally will begin inside the church sanctuary following the march.
Call Rev. Griner at 665-4066 or 377-5022 for further updates.
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From: "Arupa" <barupa@...>
To: "Arupa" <barupa@...>
Subject: HOME VAN NEWSLETTER 3/23/12
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:57:38 -0400JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON AND JAYOn the face of it, Trayvon Martin and my friend Jay didn’t have much in common. Trayvon was a teenager from an affluent and well-educated family who was successfully meeting life’s challenges and had a bright future. Jay was a homeless man camped in the woods near Williston Road. He was in fragile health and lived on disability. This is what they have in common: both were members of disenfranchised and endangered groups in society, since Trayvon was a black male teenager and Jay was a homeless man. Both were gunned down by people who claimed a self-defense justification. When I heard that Jay had been gunned down, in a public area in the presence of witnesses, by a man who was claiming self-defense, I was stunned with disbelief. Jay was a gentle soul who never gave anybody trouble, to the best of my knowledge. His severe asthma kept him from many life activities but he did love to read. He came by my house maybe twice a month to turn in a bag of books and get another bag. I’d usually make him a cup of coffee and we would sit and talk about this and that. Who could feel threatened by Jay?I testified for Jay before the Grand Jury. I thought that indictment of the man who shot him was going to be a slam dunk. When the Grand Jury did not return an indictment I emailed the assistant district attorney in charge and asked him what in the world had gone wrong. He explained to me Florida’s newly passed “Stand Your Ground Law,” a law he regarded as abhorrent and that he felt would lead to vigilante murderers walking free.Prophetic words. Jay didn’t have anyone to fight for him, but Trayvon does. I believe there will be justice for Trayvon and, in this justice, there will be some justice for Jay and for all the Jays and Trayvons who have been murdered by thugs and vigilantes.There will be a Trayvon Martin Community Rally for Justice on Saturday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, near the corner of NE 39th Avenue and across the road from Rawlings Elementary School. For more information on this rally, you can call the Rev. Milford Griner at 665-4066 or 377-5022. May this rally be well-attended. We cannot sit by in silence. This is our business and our concern, as members of the human family.SPRING AND PEANUT BUTTERSince the price of peanut butter started skyrocketing, we have received many, many donations of this essential manna. Thank you so much! Peanut butter is the fuel that keeps the Home Van running. As for Spring, it is a time of grace in the homeless community, without deadly cold or heat. On last night’s run our folks were happy and relaxed and we all had a good time. I also had long conversations with two old friends who have successfully gotten off crack after many years of enslavement. One of them has moved into an apartment and bought himself a fancy little scooter (bright red!) and just came by to show himself off! The other, who has been off crack for three years, has received a bus ticket back to Tennessee from his family, who now want him back. Crack is possibly the most addictive substance on the face of the earth, from what I have read. I am battling sugar addiction (with varying degrees of success). That struggle, multiplied a zillion percent, is what it takes to get off crack, but there are those who do it. I love happy endings!WATERThe weather mavvens are predicting an unusually hot summer for the southeast this year. Our ‘not unusually hot summers’ are bad enough. I am glad the Home Van has gone to one official driveout a week, because we will now have more time and more money to do water drop-offs at Tent City. If you run into a sale on bottled water, think of us. It is not too early to start stockpiling.Peace and blessings to all of you,arupa___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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