trayvon martin

  In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing our Truth which continue to be presented around the country, often around February 5th, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. Facing Our Truth's purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker are joining together to present a reading of Facing Our Truth on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30PM at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA with a moderated panel and community discussion to follow.

Here to tell us more are Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, and Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant, CEO and Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE.

2/25/15 Panel

Feb 25, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include: FCC on Net Neutrality, Keystone Pipeline Veto, DHS Funding, Trayvon Martin Charges, and Hillary Rodham Clinton and the glass ceiling.

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The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida have similarities and some differences, according to a Williams College professor. Neil Roberts is Associate Professor of Africana Studies. His forthcoming book Freedom as Marronage will be published this fall by the University of Chicago.

US Sens. Warren, Markey Balk At Student Loan Deal

Jul 23, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are faulting a compromise deal on student loans, saying it doesn't go far enough to protect students.

While the deal could lower rates for students over the next few years, it could spell higher rates as the economy improves.

Warren said that while she's in favor of a compromise, the deal that's currently on the table doesn't do enough to reduce what she said are the profits the government is making off the backs of students.

An event in Pittsfield Monday night served as a reflection and call to action and service in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. But during a discussion forum, community members were very much focused on current events.

The program titled “From Emancipation to Equality: The Unfinished Business of the Civil War and Civil Rights” was held as part of the countywide Lift Ev’ry Voice Biennial Celebration, and brought together members of the Berkshire County community with experts on race relations.

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Across the country, communities are continuing to react to Saturday’s acquittal of Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

On Sunday, the U.S. Justice Department said it is reviewing evidence in the case to determine whether federal criminal civil rights charges are warranted.

Today we want to hear your take on the verdict and whether George Zimmerman should face charges of racially motivated criminality. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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NEWBURGH – Unity was the message at a vigil and march for Trayvon Martin in Newburgh Monday night. Fifty people, residents and members of Community Voices Heard and the NAACP, gathered to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of the Florida teenager.

“From this day forward,” community activist Beatrice Harris said, “we have to stand together as ‘the people’.”  

The national #BlackLivesMatter movement began in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the 2nd District, says he is disappointed with the jury’s decision in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on Saturday night, leading to widespread protests in the days since.

"Trayvon Martin was obviously profiled and I think a terrible tragedy occurred," McGovern tells WAMC. "I’m glad the civil rights department of the Justice Department will be looking into this because I do think at the base of all of this is the issue of civil rights."

Poughkeepsie Rally Over Zimmerman Acquittal

Jul 15, 2013
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POUGHKEEPSIE – The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Florida murder trial of Trayvon Martin brought more than 30 people to Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie Sunday afternoon to honor Trayvon.

People ranging in age from 10 to 56 gathered holding signs reading “whose son is next?” and “enough is enough.”

Local activist organizations including Real Majority Project, the International Socialist Organization, AME Zion, ENJAN, NAACP and others were represented.

Mae Parker-Harris spoke about the sadness of this time for the whole community.

Trayvon Martin family in NYC on anniversary

Feb 26, 2013
The national #BlackLivesMatter movement began in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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Trayvon Martin's family is marking the one-year anniversary of his shooting death with a candlelight vigil in New York City.

Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are scheduled to take part in an event Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in Union Square Park, along with their attorneys and others. A moment of silence is scheduled for 7:17 p.m.

On the same day community watch volunteer George Zimmerman made his first appearance in court to face murder charges in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tells WAMC that the case is a good example of what can happen when the public takes an interest in pursuing justice.

Schneiderman appears on this week’s Capitol Connection program, which airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1.

Zimmerman Charged with Second-Degree Murder

Apr 12, 2012

The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen is set to appear before a judge on second-degree murder charges in a case that galvanized the nation.