With the recent arrest of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, questions about movements, class, social media and criminal justice have become more prominent. Why did this struggle generate so much attention? What were the strategic successes and mistakes? And where does the pursuit of justice, especially for a campaign centered so squarely on arrest by a system that seldom penalizes Black murder, go from here?
This edition of the podcast, we talk with community organizer and writer Ajamu Baraka about the Trayvon Martin matter, the movement that emerged, the rise of neo-fascism and how the activists fighting for justice around the Trayvon Martin murder succeeded in keeping the case on the national radar when cases like Sean Bell’s and many others saw no justice at all. This wide-ranging interview covers history, anti-capitalism, Occupy Wall Street, race and many subjects.
Close music by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
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- April 10: International Day of Solidarity with Trayvon Martin