HatTip Sibilj – Trayvon’s™ Trail of Tears will ‘stand their ground’, fundraise and exploit for stricter gun regulations on Friday, May 25th in East St. Louis, IL.
ILLINOIS – East St. Louis native Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, parents of Trayvon Martin, and Trayvon’s older brother Jahvaris Fulton, will speak in East St. Louis (IL) on May 25th. The family will address the public during the “STOP THE VIOLENCE NOW –THE SENSELESS USE OF GUNS MUST CEASE: We Refuse to Remain Hostage to Crime!!!” Bi-state Youth & Community Rally, set for noon at North End Missionary Baptist Church, located at 463 N. 88th St. in East St. Louis.
Tracy Martin, graduate of East St. Louis Senior High School (1986), and Sybrina Fulton were thrust into the national spotlight when they tragically loss their son Trayvon to gun violence on Feb. 26.
All concerned Metro East and Greater St. Louis area community members can join Tracy, Sybrina and Jahvaris on Friday afternoon to take a stand against violence. Most fittingly, family members of Trayvon Martin will use the urban backdrop of East St. Louis to speak against violence and to plead with local youth to stop using guns senselessly.
Martin and Fulton say that they understand the heartache associated with the sudden loss of a child and want to encourage community members of Tracy’s hometown to remain vigilant against crime. As parents, they want to join Jahvaris in pleading with local youth to “STOP THE VIOLENCE NOW,” and to urge them to find other ways to solve their differences.
This free event is spearheaded by community activist Stephanie A. Miles, in cooperation with Metro-East Parent Connection and The IVPA E. St. Louis Safety Net Works (SNW) Coalition. It is supported by concerned citizens and groups, including Better Family Life and the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA).
“We are in this together,” stated Miles, “And we are thrilled that Tracy, Sybrina and Jahvaris are standing their ground in East St. Louis against violence and the senseless use of guns. While national TV programs such as ‘Saturday Night Live’ laugh and poke fun at cities like East St. Louis, children and young adults in our urban communities are dying, and moms and dads are grieving. It’s not funny. Future preachers, teachers, doctors and lawyers are lying in the streets. Like Tracy Martin and his family, our community agrees that the senseless use of guns must cease. We don’t have to accept things the way that they are.” (read more)