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Monday, July 15, 2013–Today on NBC’s Today Show, Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network (NAN), announced that NAN is organizing “Justice for Trayvon” vigils in 100 cities across the country on Saturday, July 20th to press the federal government to investigate civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. Hundreds of national preachers, led by Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN will hold prayer vigils and rallies in front of federal buildings calling on the Justice Department to investigate the civil rights violations made against Trayvon Martin. Over two-hundred ministers participated in a conference call on Sunday evening and are pushing congregants to register in various cities at . . .

Rev. Sharpton also discussed the renewed mobilization for the Saturday, August 24th National Action to Reclaim the Dream March on Washington that he and Martin Luther King, King, III, are leading. Fifty years after the 1963 March on Washington, Voting Rights, and the Justice for Trayvon Martin movement are key civil rights rallying issues and NAN is escalating the call for the Department of Justice to investigate whether George Zimmerman committed civil rights violations against Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. According to Rev. Sharpton: “Trayvon Martin had the civil right to go home. He was not doing anything wrong.”

On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, July 14th, Rev. Al Sharpton discussed going to Sanford, Florida, in 2012, with Trayvon Martin’s parents and Attorney Benjamin Crump to meet with the U.S. Attorney, and they asked for civil rights charges to be pursued at that time. The Department of Justice decided to wait until after the state trial to decide whether to go forward. Rev. Sharpton is now calling on the Justice Department to complete a full investigation and will send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that will be signed by himself, Melanie Campbell, (National Coalition on Black Civic Participation), Marc Morial (National Urban League), and Benjamin Todd Jealous (NAACP) to resume the filing of civil rights charges that the family of Trayvon Martin and Rev. Al Sharpton initially met in Florida with a U.S. Attorney about.

The August 24th, 50th Anniversary March on Washington will focus on voting rights and ending state laws like Stand your Ground and Stop and Frisk. It will be the first national march since the acquittal of George Zimmerman. According to Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN, Dr.King’s dream has been undermined by both the Supreme Court Voting Rights decision and the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

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      • Ever notice that a black man who survives to over 30 years of age is a ‘rev.’.
        Crips, Bloods, Crips, Bloods, Crips, Bloods.

    • With these racists, Zimmerman has no rights.
      It’s called vigilante justice.
      They’d be more genuine if they’d just come out and say it: Pay back is a M-F.

      • Attempted mob rule. Very ugly, virulently anti-American, horribly destructive to liberty in places in which it is practiced.

  1. Just once I’d like to see Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc. come to protect the rights of any color but their own. It would boost their credibility lots.

    • I’d like to see them try to protect the rights of their own color from other members of their own color.

    • seems to me they have more to gain by praying and preaching that black people not allow their kids to grow up with nigga attitudes! their world would be safer! pray that they don’t challenge authority. pray that they protect their reputations by not hanging out . pray that they don’t befriend known niggas. pray that they buy non niggas music. that would make their world safer.
      america is a white world. central and south america is a brown world ,africa is a black world.teach those kids to make better choices. let church be your guide.providing sharpton,jackson are not the pastor.

  2. This is the sort of garbage that pisses people off. Martin already got all the justice he deserved, in the form of a 9mm hollow point.

    • Martin was living in his fantasy bad boy world when he overplayed his big man confidence and ran into the wall called reality.

      Typical youthful invincibility overplayed because of limited real life experiences with consequences.

      • Given the biggest threat to young black men in this country is other young black men I figure that given TM’s enjoyment of marijuana he would probably got shot sometimes soon anyways.

    • I was taught to “double tap” and then take necessary action to remove the threat.

      GZ was soft on TM as he only shot one round.

      That took great restraint on his part….No hate there

  3. I’m old enough to remember Al marching with a sign saying “Tawana Brawley Was Raped”. 15 year old Brawley claimed she’d been abducted and raped for four days by a bunch of white guys. She turned up at the hospital with her hair full of feces and racial slurs written on her belly. Magnificent racist rabble rousing ensued, as only the Reverend can whip up. In the end she admitted she was lying. Typical for Al–reliably on the wrong side of the truth.

    • It’s easy to remember Sharpton’s face nightly gracing all the major news networks back then; arm over Brawley’s shoulder like the outraged protective figure he was. Of course, the media was so eager to gobble it up and perpetuate the myth they simply accepted what he claimed without any verification other than the “reverend’s” assertions.

      Sharpton with his race baiting ways was more than eager to egg Brawley on whether he truly believed her or not so as to whip up racial tensions for his own notoriety and monetary gain.

      That has always been his MO; it’s what he’s doing now.

  4. Well, that’s good. Now the cities (I’m looking at you Oakland) have an organization to send the bill to.

    • The civilian disarmorment industry has always been quick to point out that there are reasonable limitations on free speech. Well, Sharpton/Jackson/Holder/Obama? How about putting your money where your mouth is?

    • The next article will probably outline all the goods “liberated” from Walmart by those “protestors”. Apparently “looting” is a racist term now as well.

    • Many Pastor’s/Rev’s line there pockets with the emotions of the Black Community which helps to give them power. There are no Civil Rights Violations, this is just to get the base jumping. If it is not the shackles of poverty and vice, its Pastor’s/Rev’s like these that hurt more than help.

      • Call me old fashioned, but when someone calls themselves a Rev., I think it’s reasonable to ask them what church they lead.

      • He’s not a “Rev” but Marion Barry’s been doing this for decades. And doing VERY well, I might add. DC is the liberal center of the Earth.

  5. Two points I feel that need to be made.

    “Trayvon Martin had the civil right to go home. He was not doing anything wrong.”

    Actually, Al, he brought his fists to a gun fight, which I think we can all say was wrong in retrospect.

    Second – Al, you are no Martin Luther King. You are not even in the same neighborhood as him. The ultimate disservice done to Dr. King’s dream and legacy is that self-appointed, busy body, media hounds such as you have laid claim to said dream while doing absolutely NOTHING to advance it.

    • WOW!!! you guys are up in arms about using the “lords” name in vain, but then proceed to bash people based on the color of there skin? The only comment on here that is even remotely sensible is this gentleman’s (@505). First off, i am pro gun, pro 2nd, pro stand your ground, but lets look t the facts, 1, trayvon had every right to walk home. 2. while zimmerman called the police he was told to remain in his vehicle, he confronts some kid whos only crime is being black, starts a fight then when it doesnt go his way so he blasts him? im sorry but if i shot every one who gave me a bloody nose in fight there would be alot of dead people. he was unarmed, 17. who here wasnt a hot headed 17 year old kid? and as for the weed in his system 1.5 anagrams(it takes 30 to even pop on a drug test).
      i am ashamed to have served this country and the narrow minded people who waste O2. i believe in the constitution and in a country were ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.


  6. Of the 13.1% of “All Black” Americans, how many really regard Al Sharpton as a worthy Leader? I am guessing well less than 50%. The MSM, though, regards Sharpton as a worthy spokesperson for all African Americans, so he gets to broadcast his hate and divisiveness on National TV, while truly good men like Dr Benjamin Carson MD are ignored (except by Fox News).

      • And/or are collecting as much as $80K per year (including the phone) via Entitlement Money (Housing Subsidy, Child Care, Food Stamp Debit Cards, Health Care and other possibles) and their only “work” if filling out Federal and State Applications to get the $$. It needs to stop.

  7. How about vigils for the thousands killed in gang killings? Who are they kidding? This is all about disarming lawful citizens of their guns. Here is where the fuel for going after handguns comes from. It will be a talking point in the next round of attacks on our 2cd Amendment rights.

    • Remember, they CANNOT win on facts so they have to go for emotions Even in the trial, recall the ADA John Guy told the jury in both opening and closing remarks, to “think with their hearts, think with their hearts” basically asking the jury to ignore the facts and feel bad for poor Traven because he was good boy and was just walking home. The evidence showed us all otherwise.

      So, it fits the narrative, ignore facts, concentrate on emotions and remove your brain from the argument. This is how they get control of everyone. As the song goes, “we wont be fooled again” — at least I hope most will not.

  8. I haven’t given a $hite about race relations for a while now, so will someone please tell me, what happened to EQUALITY?

    Some aren’t as equal as others, blah blah blah… but the fight was for EQUALITY right? How’d that get out of hand again?

  9. Seems like the good ol “rev” didn’t get the full out riots he wanted. So he is trying again.

  10. Wow – I didn’t realize Sharpton had lost so much weight! Is it because he has regular TV gig now? I hope he’s not ill.

    (please don’t interpret my concern for his health as approval of any kind – I can’t stand the dude… it’s just pretty shocking to see, because I remember him as a bit of a chub-chub)

    • During the Bensonhurst riots in 1990, an Italian guy stabbed Sharpton who at the time was so obese his body fat stopped the knife like a humpback whale’s blubber, and he was not seriously wounded.

      His later weight loss was stated as being for health reasons. It was Dick Gregory who went on a hunger strike to pressure Nixon to immediately end the Vietnam war and he lost over a hundred pounds but our troops were still there (me, for one).

      Al Sharpton is a worthless racebaiting no-good creep at any weight.

  11. Oh, I’ve been trying to stay out of this. But I’m really p+@#ed at the effort to turn “stand your ground” into a race debate. Hence the James case, which got about ten minutes on the national news:

    I guess James’s widow had a few too many tattoos for the national media (I thought she looked like a normal soldier’s wife of 13 years) but James (who was a white Iraq vet) was shooting hoops with his 8 year old daughter at the park, and an elderly (black) retired bus driver named Dooley who lived across the street tried to run off a kid on a skateboard. James pointed out that there were no “No Skateboarding” signs and the geezer pulled out a gun. No good choice (I’ve had conflicts with angry old farts) so to protect his daughter James tackled the guy and got shot to death in front of his daughter in broad daylight.

    Living in… interesting… neighborhoods, I think I’ve paid my dues as a gun guy. Four DGUs, three of which resulted in commendations for restraint from the Houston cops. (The fourth was a notorious neighborhood thief, and no cops were needed to run him off.) However, I was involved with my neighborhood watch (back in the days of CB radios, before cell phones and concealed carry) and the cops who advised us said “Stay in the car, report, don’t confront anyone.” People who thought “Death Wish” was a training film and showed up at neighborhood-association meetings with ALL of their guns were diverted into therapy, heavy on the Thorazine.

    And, in the case of the Dooley/ James case, if you break into my house you will meet a hail of gunfire and dog bites. That doesn’t give me the right to go across the street and run off a teenage skateboarder at gunpoint and shoot an Iraq veteran in front of his daughter. “Castle doctrine” is one thing (and one thing I live by) but Florida’s stand-your-ground is nuts.

      • My gut level all along about this divisive case… I was told 20-some years ago by badged and sworn officers that if I wanted to do neighborhood watch my job was to observe and report, and under no circumstances should I produce a firearm unless there was a serious threat within the property line of my domicile. (One of my DGUs was convincing my upstairs neighbor’s coked-up boyfriend to quit beating the snot out of my neighbor in the driveway at 4 am.) Odd note – in Texas “criminal mischief at night” is grounds for deadly force. Daylight mischief is apparently a misdemeanor, but all of my DGUs were at night and involved cocaine. As mentioned, interesting neighborhoods. A P220 is a pretty good arguement. I stopped the outrage and didn’t have to shoot anyone, which according to the responding officers is A Good Thing.

    • Dooley was convicted of manslaughter. So much for “Stand your Ground is a free pass for murder”.

      The truth is that “Stand your Ground” is not new, nor is it radically different from self-defense laws in “duty to retreat” states.

    • This happened less than a mile from my house, I live in the same neighborhood in Valrico and play Tennis with my wife at the park where the incident occurred. I agree that “Stand Your Ground” was seriously misapplied in this case. Dooley is a nutcase, and while I agree that one shouldn’t have any obligation to retreat in a confrontation, people need to use their brains. I am at a loss as to why some people feel that a gun on their hip gives them free reign to go looking for trouble. People like this are why Floridians are a laughing stock.

  12. Probably the most obnoxious conference call ever made in the history of the world, ever. Thank Allah I’ve never been on a single one of those telecommunications clusterf@cks in my life.

  13. Don’t these idiots bother to actually inform themselves about facts? I mean, seriously, I don’t get too emotional most of the time, but this crap just plain pisses me off. These professional agitators are granted carte blanche coverage by the mass media to engage in character defamation and, basically, lying to anyone who will listen to them, on a grand scale. If any of them bothered to actually watch the trial, or learn about the (very reasonable) laws, they would, assuming they are mentally all there, come to the inevitable conclusion that the verdict was just and appropriate, and that Trayvon Martin was a no-good wannabe-thug, the world probably being a better place now that he is 6 feet under.

    If we want “justice,” let us have some real justice, by prosecuting the vile, lying media anchors, reporters, pundits, and management, and this scumbag Al Sharpton, for their blatantly false race-baiting narrative. Why do we let these crooks get a free pass so that they can continue their commie agitprop and criminal ratings profiteering at the expense of truth? It makes me so mad I could spit.

    • “assuming they are mentally all there…”
      You just put your finger on it. All the “public figures” in this debacle (i.e., “Revs,” newsdroids, TV “personalities,” politicians, scammers, and rabble-rousers/rioters/community “organizers”) have repeated the half-truths and out-and-out lies to themselves so often that they’ve deluded themselves into believing that they’re the truth.

  14. More hapiness at a young man’s death:

    E. Jones says: ” Trayvon Martin was a no-good wannabe-thug, the world probably being a better place now that he is 6 feet under. “

    • Not a wanna be. He was a thief, doper and fighter that might be alive today if his parents had taught him to respect other people. Now he’s being made into a saint. Makes me ill.

  15. It truly is frightening, the information for anyone to see, live , in color: or multiple, ad nauseum, cliff notes of the trial showing that Zimmerman was justifiably defending himself from an assault by a young man, that by his own posting on social media, proudly claims the thug life and of fighting repeatedly in the street.

    And STILL, people will ignore all fact, logic and the considered opinion of a jury that did look at all the facts; instead they look to the media; proven time after time to be nothing more than the worst type of yellow journalism. They have the same level of reporting as what you would find in the National Enquirer.

    After this travesty called the “reporting” on the Zimmerman/Trayvon circus by the print and broadcast news; I have complete contempt for those so called “journalists”.

  16. If it wasn’t for the fact that TM was killed by Zimmerman who’s a white/mexican guy, and the media constantly pushing it, then Sharpton wouldn’t give a damn.

  17. So lets get some peaceful counter demonstrations going. Open or concealed carry if legal to do so.

  18. “According to Rev. Sharpton: “Trayvon Martin had the civil right to go home. He was not doing anything wrong.””

    Actually, Martin was engaging in a misdemeanor crime that likely crossed the line into felony territory when he was shot.

    Details matter and this guy is trying to cash in by waving the bloody shirt.

  19. The Feds want to charge Zimmerman under the Hate Crimes act – USC 18 § 249 – text here:

    Interestingly, there are parallels with this law and federal firearms laws. In order to circumvent the constitution, the Feds have to craft these laws under the guise of violations of intestate commerce just like firearm laws. In the Hate Crimes law the following must apply:

    “(B) Circumstances described.—For purposes of subparagraph (A), the circumstances described in this subparagraph are that—

    (i) the conduct described in subparagraph (A) occurs during the course of, or as the result of, the travel of the defendant or the victim—

    (I) across a State line or national border; or

    (II) using a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce;

    (ii) the defendant uses a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A);

    (iii) in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A), the defendant employs a firearm, dangerous weapon, explosive or incendiary device, or other weapon that has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce; or

    (iv) the conduct described in subparagraph (A)—

    (I) interferes with commercial or other economic activity in which the victim is engaged at the time of the conduct; or

    (II) otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce.”

    They apparently have Zimmerman under paragraph II (iii) above. However, they way I read this is that if the Kel-Tec (Cocoa, Florida) Zimmerman used was made in Florida and never traveled out of the state then they don’t have him.

  20. “Al Sharpton and NAN will hold prayer vigils and rallies in front of federal buildings calling on the Justice Department to investigate the civil rights violations made against Trayvon Martin.”

    So it is a fact that Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights? Who established that?

  21. What did Big Mouth Al do to protest brother Doc Gosnell who killed for cash the innocents and the unborn . He had no problem “snipping ” the spinal cord , in the neck , of those precious little humans who survived the botched abortions . Where is the rage Al .
    Your brother , in likeness , proudly proclaimed 21 illegimate children with all sorts of mothers and with bold ignorance cared less for their sustenance or wellfare . Yes Al , it is whitey who will pay your tab . But it is those poor little tykes who will be street taught and street fed , and abandoned to grow up (if they survive ) and fall victim to a society they are ill equipped to adapt to .
    Where is the rage Al ? One is left to ponder as to whose nuts should be cut , yours , his or preferably both .
    Dennis .

  22. Sharpton gets a pass because no one, not even the people that raise and important fact about Reverand Al. He is quilty of the incitement to murder seven people at Freddys fashion mart in Harlem. There was time when he would have faced capital murder charges for his role in the incident. It is a disgrace that NBC and the other networks treat him as respectable person.

  23. Al Sharpton is interested in Al Sharpton. I’d be curious as to the fundraising efforts of his group: where do funds come from

  24. Love it how people make up scenarios to buttress their unsupportable position. I read an article written by some ass-hat in Chicago that was crying because Zimmerman wasn’t tried by a jury of TRAYVON MARTIN’S PEERS. LMAO. and these people have the right to vote.

  25. Al Sharpton needs to do some research, watch the court case, look at the evidence, and then stop instigating the matter. Zimmerman thought Trayvon was a thug and up to no good and went to investigate. It just of easily could have been a white guy in a hoodie that was shot and not a black guy. The 911 tape just of easily could have said “He looks white” instead of “he looks black.” There is no intent, no motive, and no evidence to suggest that Zimmerman followed Trayvon in the back alley to “eliminate him.” The sensationalist media has played the race card for more sensationalism and more viewers (more money) and this is the result. People need to look and see it for what it is.

  26. this about the neo-Marxist infiltrating every social institution including churches see (Saul Alinsky) to do away with the bill of rights , 2A and stand your ground and CCW laws,,, The Race part is smoke screen to keep our eyes off the source… They want a Socialist America and the power brokers get the One World Government ,, See G. Bush Sr. 1000 points of light , we become slaves and follow our masters..

  27. The target cities have nothing to worry about. They may be chanting “Justice for Trayvon,” but what they’re really saying is “More Free Sh1t for Us.”

    So all they have to do is give the marchers more free sh1t and they’ll go home. See? Fixed.

    No need to thank me. Just send free sh1t

  28. Guys like Al Sharpton are only making race relations worse. Instead of the gradual mixing and acceptance between people of different race, he is basically declaring: “Blacks are blacks, whites are whites.” I long for the day when race and ethnicity will stop dividing people. But from the looks of it, that’s unlikely to happen.

  29. Reverend Al says that Saturday there will be “Justice for Trayvon” National Day of Action Vigils in 100 Cities. Their website lists all 9. Well that’s almost 100. Here is the list. I need to think of an appropriate sign to take with me. Any suggestions?

    The bigger problem is the closest one to me here in Fort Worth is Chicago, and that’s about 800 miles away!

    Los Angeles, CA
    312 N. Spring Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Time: 9:00 am

    Chicago, IL
    Dirksen Federal Building
    219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL
    Time: 12PM – 3PM

    Minneapolis, MN
    United States Federal Courthouse
    300 South 4th Street
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

    Buffalo, NY
    Downtown Niagara Square
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    Time: 6PM

    Nassau County, NY
    Nassau County Criminal Court House
    99 Main St.
    Hempstead, NY
    12 Noon

    New York, NY
    1 Police Plaza
    New York, NY

    Staten Island, NY
    Borough Hall
    10 Richmond Terrace (Opposite the Staten Island Ferry)

    Syracuse, NY
    James M. Hanley Federal Building
    100 S. Clinton Street
    Syracuse, New York 13202

    Philadelphia, PA
    James A. Byrne U.S. Federal Court House
    601 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

  30. The way these guys are ranting racism seems like they’re trying to compare current events with the killings that took place in the sixties. TM was more racist than GZ was. TM had a history of violence and other trouble while GZ was a much more upstanding person. Would things have turned out differently for TM if GZ was black? TM might have had more respect for him and not copt a racial atitude.

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