Don’t miss: “stand your ground” rally and Trayvon Martin documentary

“Stand your ground” rally and protest on Sunday

Once again Rev. Al Sharpton is the most outspoken national black leader in a  high-profile case.

This Sunday, his organization, the National Action Network, will lead a protest and rally in Clearwater, Florida, where last month 47-year old Michael Drejka shot and killed 29-year old Markeis McGlockton claiming self-defense under the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Furious that McGlockton’s girlfriend had parked in a handicapped spot, Drejka approached the car.

In a video of the incident, McGlockton angrily pushes Drejka to the ground. Drejka immediately pulls out a handgun and shoots McGlockton, who later dies of his wounds. His three young children witnessed the shooting.

Pinnelis County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri refused to arrest Drejka. In a Tampa Bay Times article, he says, “The law gives immunity to those in fear of their lives who use force to defend themselves.” He’s been widely criticized for his decision.

Yesterday, the case was turned over to the Florida’s State Attorney’s Office.

Don’t miss Part 2 of Trayvon Martin documentary 

I read Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, so I knew much of what is shown in Part 1 of Jay-Z’s six-part documentary, Rest in Power, the Trayvon Martin Story. 

Nevertheless, the documentary captures Fulton’s and Martin’s raw emotions, anger, and frustration in a way that words on paper do not. These parents had to endure not only the death of their 17-year old son, but the fact that shooter George Zimmerman seemed remorseless and was not charged with shooting the unarmed teenager.

Zimmerman pled self-defense and was acquitted.

In upcoming segments, the series will examine the media coverage of the killing and the implications of “stand your ground” laws.



Criminal Justice Books

6 Criminal Justice “Must Reads”

(This is the first in a series of columns on criminal justice issues that will replace the writing advice column normally in this space.

My goal is to provide information primarily for mothers with sons in prison, so my online presence should reflect this.

From this site, you can link to my podcast One Mother’s Voice (Spreaker.com), my Twitter and Facebook pages, and keep abreast of my work related to criminal justice.)

“Must Reads”

I am reading one of them Rest in Power: A parents’ story of love, injustice, and the birth of a movement by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Although we all know the public story of Trayvon Martin’s death, his parents (no longer married) in alternating chapters share their grief and gradual activisim as justice for Trayvon movement grew.

The complete list includes:

  1. Call to Rise: Life in Faithful Service to the Commnity That Made Me by former
  2. Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton with Cari Lynn
  3. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
  4. Rest in Power: A parents’ story of love, injustice, and the birth of a movement by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
  5. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  6. Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown by Lezley McSpadden and Lyah Beth LeFlore

These books are discussed in detail on my podcast (See link at right of page).