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NAACP keeping up pressure in Trayvon Martin case

By Suzanne Gamboa

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:03 a.m. HST, Aug 26, 2013

WASHINGTON » NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Justice to pursue charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights.

Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida court for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed.

Jealous says about a million of the signatures collected were sent by cell phone, and many were from young people.

Martin has emerged as a recurring symbol at protests of continued unequal treatment of blacks and other minorities.

His mother was among the speakers at Saturday's events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Images of the slain teenager were displayed on T-shirts, posters, signs and buttons.

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AhiPoke wrote:
The NAACP is just furthering the ratial divide by persuing this process. By representing one side of an issue in an extremely biased (not fair minded) way only makes reasonable people gravitate to the other side. Their time would be far better spent trying to deal with internal problems within the black communities.
on August 26,2013 | 11:01AM
Anonymous wrote:
NAACP is a racist organization. All citizens should be allowed to be armed in order to defend themselves. Any Non-profit that favors a race should not be eligible for taxpayer funding or exemption from taxes...
on August 26,2013 | 11:57AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Wonder what the NAACP's position will be on the two black teens who are charged with beating to death the 88-year-old white World War II veteran in Spokane, WA.
on August 26,2013 | 11:10AM
likewise wrote:
The same as with the Australian student killed because some punks were bored. Crickets chirping.
on August 26,2013 | 11:36AM
serious wrote:
Are you telling me they didn't get a call from Obama? I saw the pictures and I agree with the Messiah, they could have been his kids. And, did anyone see his speech on racism?????
on August 26,2013 | 11:43AM
HD36 wrote:
Probably the same as the transtesticle beaten to death in front of the NYPD yesterday.
on August 26,2013 | 03:43PM
kailua000 wrote:
they will not take up a position on it because the victim was white. they only speak out when the victim is black and its white on black crime. the dont even speak out on black on black crime. they are hate mongers looking for press and this is the only way they can get it. They could have just robbed the old guy, not as if two teens were not able to over power an 88 year old man. But they chose to beat him to death with flashlights - but I guess thats okay because the victim is white and guns were not used.
on August 26,2013 | 12:37PM
likewise wrote:
Where do I buy my "I am Delbert Belton" tshirt?
on August 26,2013 | 01:21PM
MakaniKai wrote:
If Delbert Belton had a CCW permit (legal in WA State) and shot these two A holes that instead took his life, garans Sharton et al would rabble rousing in the Pacific NW.
on August 26,2013 | 02:32PM
millerscave wrote:
As usual, there will be no response from the NAACP, Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson. It seems it's ok for blacks to kill each other or other races, but let a non-black person kill a black, the race card is played & all hell breaks loose.
on August 26,2013 | 03:26PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Like labor unions, the NAACP' has outlived its usefulness due to its failure to successfully adapt to changes in our society.
on August 26,2013 | 11:20AM
serious wrote:
And, our Governor has the flags at half staff for ML King???????? why????
on August 26,2013 | 03:07PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Cuz Neil thinks it's still the 1960's
on August 26,2013 | 03:28PM
DAGR81 wrote:
He should be standing on the corner of King and Bishop Streets passing out nickels he borrowed from Senator Fong.
on August 26,2013 | 03:57PM
stingray65 wrote:
Just like Hilary Clinton said for those died in Bengzhai, what difference does it make!! they are already DEAD! And so as Trayvon..
on August 26,2013 | 11:24AM
puamamane wrote:
Where is the NAACP in the Oklahoma murders, 3 African Americans kill white kid "just for fun."
on August 26,2013 | 12:11PM
kailua000 wrote:
have you noticed how the light skinned kid is being called white - when in fact he's the same mix as our president - so is our president white? or is it only when someone does something bad the press identifies them as white, because he said he's black and zimmerman says he's always identified as hispanic. but the Press says they are white, so they must be white. If for no other reason our white-black president needs to come out on the Aussie case simply because now this is an international incident. but he makes us look bad all over the world so whateveahs!
on August 26,2013 | 12:39PM
Toneyuki wrote:
(2 African Americans, 1 wannabe) and it wasn't them that killed the Aussie, it was the gun.
on August 26,2013 | 12:39PM
kailua000 wrote:
yes and it was the flashlight that killed the 88 year old war veteran. Now we need to ban flashlights
on August 26,2013 | 02:47PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Shameless. That picture is of a fourteen year old kid. Not the seventeen year old that died.
on August 26,2013 | 12:40PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The AP story is a terrible misrepresentation of fact. The photo shows Zimmerman, as he looked when the incident occurred, and Trayvon Martin, when he was a 12 year old kid and not the 17 year old hood he was when the incident occurred. Is that fair reporting? I think not.
on August 26,2013 | 12:50PM
MakaniKai wrote:
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0824-banks-homicide-20130824,0,6439646.column NAACP and likes of Sharpton and Jackson will continue to stir the pot of racism. God forbid they would begin to address the tragedy of black boys and men killing one another!
on August 26,2013 | 02:23PM
cojef wrote:
Using Trayvon as ruse to raise funds for their operations. Funds are hard to come by and they must keep on using him for lack of a suitable cause. Selling all kinds of doohekies, pennants and the like.
on August 26,2013 | 04:22PM
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