The I Am Trayvon Martin Project

[The Trayvon Martin murder has brought the issue of systematic abuse and racial profiling to a new level of recognition and response.  Now there are new efforts to gether evidence and publicize not only on this case, but of the ongoing horrors which Black, Brown, and all targeted communities and oppressed people face daily and hourly–an experience which refutes the false claims of “American democracy” and “post-racial society.”   One such effort among many was announced in the Huffington Post by Rob Smith–whom we do not know, but we applaud this initiative.  He describes himself in this way: “Rob Smith is a writer, lecturer, activist, and Iraq War Veteran. His work has appeared on Salon.com, CNN.com, and USA Today among others, and he is currently working on a memoir detailing his time spent in the Army as a young gay man. He makes his literary debut this summer in the anthology book ‘For Colored Boys.’ Smith currently resides in New York City.  He can be reached at robsmithvet@gmail.com.”  — Frontlines ed.]
03/28/2012
by (Iraq War Veteran, Writer, Lecturer, and Activist)

A month ago, a black teenager named Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Florida while walking back from running an errand for his brother. His killer was not tested for drug or alcohol. Trayvon was. His killer has not been arrested. In the past 30 days the case has received a great deal of media attention, but we’ve heard little about the fear, anger, and oppression that black men feel every day for being constantly profiled as criminals. Those voices aren’t being heard as much as they should be, which is where the “I Am Trayvon Martin Project” comes in.

We want to hear the stories of the young Black and Latino men from the mailroom to the boardroom who have been harassed, racially profiled, and have feared for their lives for no other reason than the color of their skin. We want to have an online space so that these voices can be heard, so that these stories can be shared, and so that the issues brought up by the death of Trayvon Martin are no longer kept to the shadows.

We invite you to visit youtube.com/iamtrayvonmartin and upload videos of your stories. I invite you to share the link to this article on your face book/twitter accounts, and ensure that your friends see your stories, and share theirs as well. We invite you to use the hash tag #iamtrayvonmartin when you mention this project on twitter or link to your videos.

We invite you to stand up and make your voices heard, your presence felt, and to ensure that we never forget Trayvon Martin, because he could’ve been any one of us. Sharing your story and making your voice heard isn’t the only way to do this, but it’s a start.

We want to hear you. Youtube.com/iamtrayvonmartin #iamtrayvonmartin

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