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Petitioning Congressman Keith Ellison and 7 others

Emmett Till was one of the first. Let's make Trayvon Martin one of the last. Never Again!

Emmett Till was one of the first. Let’s make Trayvon Martin one of the last. NEVER AGAIN!

Many concerned individuals have stated that Trayvon Martin’s death on February 26, 2012 is on the verge of becoming this generation’s Emmett Till, who was murdered 57 years ago on August 28, 1955. Thousands of you– of various races - have used social media and the streets as a platform to compare Martin’s fate to that of Emmett Till and his family. *If you are not familiar with the story of Emmett Till, you can read it here: http://www.emmetttilllegacyfoundation.com

Emmett Till was murdered at a time when the lives of black males, young and old were not highly regarded, and the rights of black Americans were nearly nonexistent. Unfortunately, the lessons the world learned back then are the lessons we must once again learn today. America!!!! Is history officially repeating itself?

+ Both Trayvon and Emmett were African-American teenagers who left home and never came back.

+Both of their deaths are forcing us to talk about the unwritten racial codes that still exist today.

I, along with the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF) are standing up with the Martin Family for the justice that Emmett Till and his family will never receive.

Are you ready to take a stand with us?

The time is now!

It is time for youth and our next generation of thought leaders to stand up with us and join hands and voices with our countries leaders and those who have paid the price and paved the way. We must come together and be counted as a credible and important voice in this country against racism, racial profiling and injustice.

Yes, we know that many deny that these issues exist in America.

But America, all is not well....

+ The number of hate groups active in America grew to 1,018 in 2011, up from 1,002 the year before, according to a report issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2010. The report identified 26 hate groups currently active in Missouri, Michigan and Arkansas. Sixteen states have more, California has the most, with 84 active groups, followed by Georgia with 65. Active organizations in 2011 are included on a map found at http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map provided by the SPLC.

+ Children and teens of color are imprisoned at almost three times the rate of their white counterparts – suggesting that they are often unfairly targeted for arrest and confinement.

+ Members of African American, Native American and Latino/Hispanic communities are stopped and searched more often, for example, when "driving while black or brown" than whites.According to the ACLU, 88 percent of drivers stopped by New York police were eventually found to be innocent. In the overwhelming majority of incidents — 87 percent — blacks or Latinos were driving.

+ A report entitled; Evolution of Racism and Justice in America found at http://www.blackstate.com/finalex.html ,  states that Racism in America, the belief in white supremacy and the manifestation of that belief in thought, speech, education, art, literature, politics, economics, and criminal justice have been in America long before there was a "United States."

+ The stain of racial hatred had been in America long before the first Africans arrived. It merely changed forms. Slavery was the United States of America's original sin its consequences and ramifications are still being dealt with today, more than most Americans realize.

Richard Davis, police chief of East Palo Alto, Calif said during a hearing to discuss racial profiling, “When we deem a person to be suspicious or attach criminality to a person because of the color of his or her skin, the neighborhood they are walking in, or the clothing they are wearing, we are attempting to predict criminality,” he said. ”The problem with such predictions is that we are seldom right in our results and always wrong in our approach.” That approach has challenged life and caused death for some innocent young people.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” These issues matter!

Knowing that there is strength in numbers, via this petition, we are asking Federal, State and Local Government officials, Community leaders, law enforcement, media, entertainment, sports, education, business, faith based, social justice, civil and human rights organizations to:

+ Take action now, Lead, Host and facilitate high impact dialogue sessions or talking circles with young people (age 13+) and the next generation of young thought leaders, that will result in solutions, regarding Racism, Racial profiling and Injustice and the effect these issues, oppressive laws, attitudes and systems have on each of our communities and youth today.

+ Unite and become ONE VOICE in identifying responsible and nonviolent action steps that each community can take so that "Emmett Till was one of the first. Let's make Trayvon Martin one of the last. Never Again!" becomes a rallying cry for real change and justice.

+ Lead the way to make the Never Again Pledge:"I Pledge to Never again allow the ugly parts of our past history to become the present. I will forever Stand up against racism, hatred, injustice and crimes against our youth. I will always Stand up for peace, justice and equality for all.

+Keep Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till’s names alive to remind us of a place we never again want to return.

Emmett Till was one of the first. Let’s make Trayvon Martin one of the last. NEVER AGAIN! ....IS our rallying cry for real change and justice!

We cannot move this grassroots campaign forward without your support.

By signing the petition, your voice will be heard.  Encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same.

Your support is critical. Please join me, the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation board of Directors, the Till Family, allies, youth ambassadors and advocates in making a personal. financial and professional commitment to do what is within your reach to support the efforts of the "Emmett Till was one of the first. Let's make Trayvon Martin one of the last. Never Again!" grassroots campaign.

Let's make this campaign a symbol for justice and a rallying cry for real change.

Go to http://www.emmetttilllegacyfoundation.com/ to learn more about the foundation.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Feel free to Like our Emmett Till Legacy Foundation Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Emmett-Till-Legacy-Foundation/138927669624 and the Never Again Movement and Pledge page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Never-Again-Movement-and-Pledge/136014269806914 and follow us on www.twitter.com/EmmettTill

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Watts, co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF)

On behalf of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundations (ETLF), Board of Directors, Till family, allies, youth ambassadors and advocates for justice and real change.

Letter to
Congressman Keith Ellison
Government, Community, Business, Faith Based leaders & Rights groups
Congressman Richard Durbin
and 5 others
Congressman Bobby Rush
Congresaswoman Frederica Wilson
Congressman John Lewis
Congressman John Conyers
Senator Al Franken
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Government, Community, Business, Faith Based leaders & Rights groups
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Emmett Till was one of the first. Let’s make Trayvon Martin one of the last. NEVER AGAIN! ....This should and will be our rallying cry for real change and justice.

You may have heard and even witnessed many of our fellow concerned citizens state that Trayvon Martin’s death, on February 26, 2012 is on the verge of becoming this generation’s Emmett Till, who was murdered 57 years ago on August 28, 1955. As you know, thousands – of various races - have used social media and the streets as a platform to compare Martin’s fate to that of Emmett Till and his family.

Emmett Till, a 14year-old black teenager from Chicago was murdered in Mississippi for violating an unwritten Southern racial code by whistling at a white woman. His murderers were acquitted during a trial with an all white jury.

Trayvon Martin an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager from Miami was shot to death in Sanford, Florida by a white Hispanic neighborhood watchman, who recently has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder, and on April 22 was released on $150,000 bond.

Emmett Till was murdered at a time when the lives of black males, young and old, were not highly regarded, and the rights of black Americans were nearly non existent.

Civic and Community leaders, unfortunately, the lessons the world learned back then are the lessons we must once again learn today.

Leaders!! History is officially repeating itself.

+ Both Trayvon and Emmett were African-American teenagers who left home and never came back.

+Both of their deaths are forcing us to talk about the unwritten racial codes that still exist today.

I along with The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF) are standing up with the Martin Family for the justice that Emmett Till and his family will never receive.

It is time for youth and our next generation of thought leaders to stand up, join hands and voices with you and our countries leaders, influencers and those who have paid the price and paved the way. It is time that this collective group come together and be counted as a credible and important voice in this country against racism, racial profiling and injustice.

Yes, we know that, many deny that these issues exist in America.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” You and I know these issues matter! And yes, they do exist!

Knowing that there is strength in numbers, we are asking you, Federal, State and Local Government officials, Community leaders, law enforcement, media, entertainment, sports, education, business, faith based, social justice, civil and human rights organizations to:

+ Take action now, lead, host and facilitate high impact dialogue sessions or talking circles with young people (age 13+) and the next generation of young thought leaders, that will result in solutions, regarding: Racism, Racial profiling and Injustice and the effect these issues, oppressive laws, attitudes and systems have on each of our communities and youth today.

+ Unite and become ONE VOICE in Identifying responsible and nonviolent action steps that each community can take so that "Emmett Till was one of the first. Let's make Trayvon Martin one of the last. Never Again!" becomes a rallying cry for justice and real change.

+ Lead the way to make the Never Again Pledge: "I Pledge to Never again allow the ugly parts of our past history to become the present. I will forever Stand up against racism, hatred, injustice and crimes against our youth. I will always Stand up for peace, justice and equality for all.

+Help us to keep Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till’s names alive to remind us of a place we never again want to return.

+ Your support is critical. Please join me, the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF) board of Directors, the Till Family, allies, youth ambassadors and advocates in making a personal and professional commitment to do what is within your reach to support the efforts of the "Emmett Till was one of the first. Let's make Trayvon Martin one of the last. Never Again!" grassroots campaign.

This is our symbol for justice and a rallying cry for real change.
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Sincerely,