Statement in Support of Trayvon Martin appears in Florida Star: Join us!

This is the text of statement that appears on p. A-3 in the Florida Star. The “We Say NO MORE” statement on Trayvon Martin is now running in the weekly African American owned newspaper out of Jacksonville, with readers in northern Florida and southen Georgia.  The statement – signed by Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Don Cheedle, Carl Dix, Eve Ensler, Chris Hedges, and many others like myself from across the country – simply reads:

We Say “NO MORE”

The killing of Trayvon Martin and 2.4 million in prison make clear that there is a whole generation of Black and Latino youth who have been marked and treated as a “generation of suspects” to be murdered and jailed.

This is not an issue for African-American people alone but for all who care about justice; it is not a random tragedy.

We say NO MORE!

The statement below is being circulated for signatures and to influence broad public opinion. Funds are urgently needed to publish this statement in other Florida newspapers, and beyond, as quickly as possible. Readers can sign and donate by contacting: wesaynomore2012@yahoo.com.

Complete List of Signatories to Date:

Ron Ahnen. President of California Prison Focus

Charles Alexander, director of the Academic Advancement Program at UCLA

Rene Auberjonois , actor

Eleanor J. Bader freelance journalist

Shirley Bailey

Dan Barker, co-president, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Kathleen Barry , author: Unmaking War, Remaking Men

Missy Comley Beattie, peace and justice activist, Counterpunch contributor

Morris Benoun

David Ross Curtis Bird

Ken Bonetti, educator

Robert Bossie, SJC 8th Day Center for Justice

Herb Boyd, author / activist journalist / teacher

Richard Brown, Former Black Panther; co-founder of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights

John Burris, attorney

Reverend Dr. Richard Meri Ka Ra Byrd Sr. Minister and Pastor, KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science

Minnie Carey

Don Cheadle, actor

Eric Cheyfitz, Ernest L. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters, Cornell University

Noam Chomsky

Lyn Hejinian, Professor, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley; poet

Nicholas Heyward, Parents Against Police Brutality and October 22nd Coalition

Merle Hoffman, founder, president and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center

Erik James Hopper

Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys

Sikivu Hutchinson, editor, blackfemlens.org; freethoughtblogs.com/blackskeptics.org; author, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values War

Ron Jacobs, author and journalist

Peter N. Kirstein, Professor of History, Saint Xavier University; Vice President AAUP Illinois

C. Clark Kissinger, Revolution Books, NYC

Greg Laden, Scienceblogs, The X Blog

Vinay Lal, university professor and social critic

Dennis Loo, author, Globalization and the Demolition of Society

Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun and chair of the Interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives

Marilyn McMahon , attorney, California Prison Focus

Sharon Martinas, racial justice educator

Robert Meeropol, Rosenberg Fund for Children (parents convicted and executed for atomic espionage! added by Kirstein)

Leo Mintek, Outernational

Tom Morello, Nightwatchman

Willie Phillips, NAACP/Berkeley, Chairperson of Econ. Department

Elizabeth Cook, activist in New Orleans

Peter Coyote actor, author

Chris Crutcher author: Whale Talk; Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes; Deadline

Colin Dayan, author:The Law is a White Dog, How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons

Blaine Delancey

Carl Dix Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

Lisa Edelstein, actor

Niles Eldredge, Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History

Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, activist, founder of V-DAY

Richard Falk, teacher, author

Father Austin Ford, Civil Rights Movement activist in Georgia in the 1950s

Nick Fossett supporter of the Revolution

Julian Francisco, U.S. Marine; “someone who’d like to not get stopped every time I go on leave to visit my wife in New York”

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Frances Goldin

Nick Gotts, Aberdeen, Scotland

Elaine Hampton, retired bookkeeper, member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation

Kathleen Hanna, musician

Dennis Hardwick

Chris Hedges, author: War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Anu Ramanathan atheist and secular humanist

Florence M. Rice, consumer advocate

Tricia Rose, author and educator, Brown University

Al Sandine, author, activist

Lloyd Scott, IKAR

J. Tony Serra

Cindy Sheehan, peace and justice activist

Dr. Tolbert Small, poet and co-founder of Harriet Tubman medical clinic in East Oakland

Tavis Smiley, talk show host and co-author of The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

Dr. Donald Smith, past president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators

Martin Stolar, attorney, New York City

Joshua Streeter

Sunsara Taylor, Revolution newspaper

Saul Thomas

Kim M. Turner

Simba Amka Uhuru, Amka the Griot

Paul Von Blum, Senior Lecturer, African American Studies, UCLA

Cornel West

Donald R. Wright, engineer and humanist activist

James Yakura student, UCCS

David Zeiger filmmaker, director of ir! No Sir!

Oganizational and institutional ffiliation provided for identification urposes only. To add your name, and ontribute to further publishing, contact:

wesaynomore2012@yahoo.com.

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