Can Tucson experience a Trayvon Martin tragedy? That is the question to be addressed at Monday night’s forum at the Dunbar Culture Center. Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old Black American teenager who was shot & killed in Florida on Feb 26, 2012. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman (Hispanic/White 28 year old) has been charged with 2nd degree murder in Trayvon’s shooting.
Correct address for this “Project Hoodie” forum is 325 W. 2nd St. (not what is listed on the poster), just east of Main Avenue, south of Speedway.
Tucson Police Department Chief Robert Villasenor
Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall
Pima County Public Defender Isabel Garcia
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Pastor Elwood McDowell
Black Women Task Force Annie Sykes
Tucson Urban League Jonathan Peck
Ward 5 City Councilmember Richard Fimbres
NAACP Dr. Patricia Harris Monroe
Attorney Krisian Salter
Mount Calvary Church pastor LaBryant Friend
When people of color/racial minorities are stopped by the police or security officers, they don’t know if it is prompted by their race (black hair, features, skin color) or because of any wrongdoing.
Ask any minority person if they feel they have been racially profiled by the police and you will be surprised by the answer. At a recent UA Law School forum on political discourse & civility I asked that very question of a Black-American male Yale Law School professor (one of the presenters) who lives in Connecticut, and he answered in the affirmative.