Joe Madison Calls for “National Hoodie Day” on April 10 to Honor Trayvon Martin

April 10 is the day that Florida grand jury is convened to the hear the facts of the Travyon Martin case and Sirius talk show host Joe Madison is asking all Americans to wear a hoodie in memory of the slain teenager who was shot by George Zimmerman.

This is what Madison told an outlet about a National Hoodie Day:

"I'm going to announce that April 10 be National Hoodie Day. Across the USA, all of us wear hoodies to show our support for Trayvon Martin. This is the day the grand jury convenes in Sanford. Our collective fashion statement will send a strong message that the entire nation is watching that justice prevails."

 

Columbia Journalism Review Takes Business Insider to Task About Trayvon “Photos” From Nazi Site

So as to not piss off the "truth seekers" who sent the "other" photos of what could or could have not been Trayvon Martin all over the Internet in an attempt to provide "truth" and criticize the "race baiting" going on in this case (and how many more quotation marks can we use in an opening lead?), we will let the online page of the Columbia Journalism Review explain how it called out Business Insider for not sourcing the image from Stormfront, an neonazi organization that we think might not be too keen on the whole racial thing.

These are the images CJR was referring to:

From: http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/sourcing_trayvon_martin_photos.php

Well it appears that CJR did a little homework (as real journalists tend to do) and sourced these images to Stormfront and how Business Insider kept correcting and editing and correcting again, but in the end, according to CJR, Business Insider had to post this:

Source: http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/sourcing_trayvon_martin_photos.php

Because in the end, some of those pictures are not Trayvon.

So to all the "truth seekers" who were adamant about these "shocking" images, oops. Why don't use a real picture of Trayvon and accept the fact that the twisting of truth will catch up to you? And in the meantime, taking a photo from his Twitter account and saying he looks like a thug is awful. We see a growing teenage boy dealing with divorce and trying to find his place in the world. Here, we have a picture for you here that you can use, and in the meantime, focus on the facts of the case and stop perpetuating more racism.

LIVE FROM BROOKLYN: @jasiri_X and “Song for Trayvon”

This is "Song for Trayvon" by Jasiri X.

It was recorded live from Brooklyn.

Tonight at Sanford City Commissioners Meeting: “The Whole World Is Watching”

Just one month after the death of Trayvon Martin, the city of Sanford, FL is now part of the Internet's global consciousness, and it is probably a consequence that the city's leaders had no idea would happen. But in the world of new media, where news is socially shared, dissected, forwarded and consumed in clicks, tweets, and status updates, this is no longer a story for just a few reporters and television networks.

Tonight at a city commissioners meeting (once a place reserved for mundane municipal issues), Martin's family, accompanied by civil rights leaders, politicians, and supporters, delivered what they said were over 2 million signatures and demanded that the city arrest George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin on February 26.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

"The whole world is watching Sanford," Jackson said. "The whole world is watching Florida today."

A line of speakers, including U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, echoed Jackson's message. The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a petition he said had 2 million signatures on it demanding Zimmerman's arrest.

Sharpton said the following: "You are risking going down as the Birmingham and Selma of the 21st century." In addition, other speakers called to a repeal of Florida's Stand Your Ground law, and according to the Sentinel, the city's commissioners did not take any action, but Mayor Jeff Triplett said that another public comment meeting will happen in two weeks. The Sentinel reported that Triplett said, "We are in the pursuit of truth and justice."

The newspaper also reported comments made by Martin's father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton:

"We're not asking for an eye for an eye. We're asking for justice, justice, justice," Tracy Martin said.

"I know I cannot bring my baby back," Fulton said. "But I'm sure going to make changes so that this doesn't happen to another family."

The Sentinel also reported that Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson made note that tonight's crowd outside the meeting was peaceful and nonviolent: "If you are not here to be in peace, you are not welcome." 

Sanford Police Department Response to Orlando Sentinel Report About Martin Investigation

 

 
 
Sanford, FL, March 26, 2012: In response to the recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, the information was not provided to the media through an authorized source at the Sanford Police Department, but possibly by a leak from within the department.  The information in the article is consistent with the information provided to the State Attorney’s office by the police department.   
 
“We do not condone these unauthorized leaks of information,” said City Manager, Norton Bonaparte, Jr.  “Acting Chief Scott will be doing an internal investigation within the Sanford  Police Department as this type of action compromises the integrity of the law enforcement agency which has pledged to uphold the law”.  
 
Mr. Bonaparte stated that disciplinary action including possible termination will be taken against anyone found to have leaked the information.

Diego Luna On CASA DE MI PADRE: “Who Cares” If People Are Offended

Last week, Diego Luna, who co-stars with Will Ferrell in CASA DE MI PADRE, was interviewed about the movie. The full interview can be heard here.

According to CineMovie.TV, the movie had a successful opening, bringing in $2.3 million in 382 theaters, which are good numbers for a foreign language comedy (the movie is in Spanish).

Screen Grab: http://www.cinemovie.tv/cinemovie_new/more-movie-interviews/2089-diego-luna-interview-who-cares-if-people-are-offended-by-casa-de-mi-padre-audio#.T3DEvkot4PM.twitter

Here is CineMovie.TV posted about Luna's comments:

"I think it's going to be more the American audience that is going to be offended by many scenes and lines that Will Ferrell has about Americans. It's there.  We have to understand it's a comedy and it's a satire of many things… politics, Mexico, the relation between Mexico and the States, of the world we're living in.  But also about film and spaghetti westerns, soap operas and just the process of filmmaking.  I think there will be many actors offended also.  Who cares!  I enjoyed the journey a lot. "

Complete Audio of Day 1 of the Supreme Court Proceedings Regarding Health Care Debate

Remember, you don't have to get your news from the filtered news media.

Here is the entire audio for the Day 1 proceedings regarding the Affordable Health Care Act for America, also known as Obamacare.

Martin’s Mother: “They’ve Killed My Son, and Now They’re Trying to Kill His Reputation”

As developments continue to be reported by The Associated Press and other outlets about the killing of Trayvon Martin, Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke to reporters today.

Screen Grab from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57404609/trayvon-parents-son-disrespected-even-in-death/

"Even in death, they are still disrespecting my son, and I feel that is a shame."

"They've killed my son, and now they're trying to kill his reputation"

The Rev. Al Sharpton also weighed in:

"As much as it will hurt, they will try to make your son a junkie, a thief, assaulter, everything else before this is over. If you want to discuss something relevant, discuss what Zimmerman might have had in his system. Discuss his past. "Why are we asking about what Trayvon is capable of, when you have records of Zimmerman assaulting law officers? You have domestic violence. No one asked his lawyer about his character that has been documented. He has the record of violence. … So why are we going out of our way to try and create something in Trayvon's background when you have documented stuff in Zimmerman's background and won't even question his attorney about it? Let's not play this double standard of trying to demonize who is dead and sanitize who was the cause of the death."

Our orginal report erronously aattributes the quote to Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father and not Sybrina Fulton. We have since corrected it.

Sanford Police Tells Orlando Sentinel That Zimmerman Statement Claims That Martin Attacked Him

It now appears that the case regarding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford is being shared in the media, as The Orlando Sentinel reported the following story this afternoon with the following headline: Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head.

Here are some excerpts from the report:

Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.

That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.

Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened, but that night, Feb. 26, and in later meetings he described and re-enacted for police what he says happened.

In his version of events, he had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him.

The article also includes the following information:

Police have been reluctant to provided details about all their evidence, but this is what they've disclosed to the Sentinel:

Zimmerman was on his way to the grocery store when he spotted Trayvon walking through his gated community.

Trayvon was visiting his father's fiancée, who lived there. He had been suspended from school in Miami after being found with an empty marijuana baggie. Miami schools have a zero-tolerance policy for drug possession.

Zimmerman called police and reported a suspicious person, describing Trayvon as black, acting strangely and perhaps on drugs.

Zimmerman got out of his SUV to follow Trayvon on foot. When a dispatch employee asked Zimmerman if he was following the 17-year-old, Zimmerman said yes. The dispatcher told Zimmerman he did not need to do that.

There is about a one-minute gap during which police say they're not sure what happened.

Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.

Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police.

Trayvon then said, "Well, you do now" or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose.

Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.

Zimmerman began yelling for help.

Several witnesses heard those cries, and there's been a dispute about from whom they came: Zimmerman or Trayvon.

Lawyers for Trayvon's family say it was Trayvon, but police say their evidence indicates it was Zimmerman.

One witnesses, who has since talked to local television news reporters, told police he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Trayvon on top, pounding him and was unequivocal that it was Zimmerman who was crying for help.

Zimmerman then shot Trayvon once in the chest from very close range, according to authorities.

When police arrived less than two minutes later, Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose, had a swollen lip and had bloody lacerations to the back of his head.

Here is the local Tampa TV broadcast that ran the piece about one of the witnesses this weekend:

 

Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

Trayvon Martin School Suspension Linked to Pot Residue Found in His Backpack

The Associated Press and several news outlets are reporting this afternoon that a spokesperson for the family of Trayvon Martin has confirmed that the 17-year-old Martin, who was shot to death by George Zimmerman on February 26 in Sanford, FL, was suspended by Miami-Dade County schools because traces of marijuana were found in Martin's backpack. According to Ryan Julison, the family spokesperson, the traces were were in a plastic baggie inside the backpack.

Julison said the following:

We maintain that regardless of the specific reason for the suspension, it's got nothing to do with the events that unfolded on February 26."

In addition, the AP reported that Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice confirmed that Martin does not have a criminal record.