Change for Trayvon: Stand Your Ground laws must be reviewed
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Change for Trayvon: Stand Your Ground laws must be reviewed

    1. Petition by

      Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton with Change for Trayvon

Last year, our son Trayvon Martin was stalked, chased down and killed by George Zimmerman, and Zimmerman faced no punishment whatsoever. That's in large part because Florida is one of at least 21 states with some form of 'Stand Your Ground' law, which enables people like George Zimmerman to claim self-defense.

We're calling on 21 governors whose states have some form of 'Stand Your Ground' laws to review those laws and amend them so that people who instigate conflicts -- people like George Zimmerman -- won't be able to use these laws to get away with murder.

'Stand Your Ground' was never meant to give aggressors the opportunity to get away with murder, but that is what happened when our son, Trayvon Benjamin Martin was killed. After Trayvon's death, law enforcement used the law as an excuse to refuse to arrest George Zimmerman. Even worse, the jury in the case was instructed to think of what Zimmerman did as self-defense, even though Zimmerman ignored instructions from the police and instigated conflict with our son, who was just trying to get home to his father.

We are shocked and heartbroken by the jury’s decision to allow our son’s killer to go free. Despite our despair, we must honor Trayvon’s legacy by doing all that we can to protect other young people from being targeted, pursued, and senselessly murdered.

We are not the only ones calling for 'Stand Your Ground' laws to be reviewed. President Obama spoke out on the need for review, and prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain have joined him. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s not ‘black’ or ‘white’ issue, it’s a wrong and right issue. This is a matter of making sure that no other family will ever have to go through what we have been through. No parents should ever have to know what it feels like to watch your child's killer walk free.

Here in Florida, we are pushing for an amendment to Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law. Sign our petition to call on all at least 21 governors to review their laws and consider similar amendments so that they can protect children in their states, just as we wish Florida would have protected Trayvon.

We want to say thank you to all of you who have stood up for our son. Because of all of your efforts, Trayvon’s life is celebrated all over the world. Please continue to stand with us as we fight to ensure that his legacy is to leave behind a safer and more peaceful world for all our sons and daughters.

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    @MiaFarrow

    Aug 01, 2013

    Change for Trayvon: Petition to review Stand Your Ground laws http://t.co/rR8Uiec5gf

    mia farrow
    122k followers

    @BTraymartin9

    Jul 30, 2013

    Join me in calling on states to review STANDYOURGROUND sign my petition @ http://t.co/5x0XOrGoPU let's make a difference.

    Tracy Martin
    101k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • MARY A. JONES HAMMOND, IN
      • 8 days ago

      IT NEEDS TO BE VERY SPECIFIC AND INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY PEOPLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THE LAW

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    • Annie Green SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • 10 days ago

      Instigators should not use a law to hide behind an unjust law commit murder.

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    • Stephanie Harris ROCKY MOUNT, NC
      • 15 days ago

      Right is right and the world need to wake up stop the killing against Black Americans.

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    • Chandler Phillips LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
      • 15 days ago

      We can't pretend like certain laws do not affect some more than others. The reality is that many laws that are in place are skewed to target some groups of people more than other. It is sad, but it is true and it can no longer be ignored. Signing this petition is a step in addressing this issue and fighting to put it to rest before it is the one putting someone else to rest.

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    • Marygrace Presley BRIDGETON, NJ
      • 16 days ago

      It is shocking, and appalling a child was killed under the protection of a bad law.A CHILD WALKING HOME FROM A STORE WITH A SNACK.SHAME ON ANY STATE WITH THIS BAD LAW.

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