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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator


Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Tell Marc Anthony:

Publicly Support Trayvon's Law at Your Florida Concerts

Dear Friend,

I was just sworng in as a U.S. citizen this week. It’s been a long struggle that included a 1,500 mile walk from Miami to Washington D.C. in 2010 for immigrant rights, supported by thousands of Presente.org members, that came to be known as the “Trail of Dreams.”1 I’m told I should be celebrating right now. Instead, I’m sad and concerned for the country I’ve come to know as my home.

I’m sad because in my home state of Florida an unarmed child, Trayvon Martin, was killed, and the country I am now a citizen of considers it “justice.”2 As if that wasn’t enough, very few prominent Latino voices have said anything about it, much less recognized the killing of Trayvon as a threat to every young person of color in this country. Trayvon was wrongly perceived as dangerous, pursued, and killed for it, in the same way that many Latinos are prejudged to be “dangerous” just because of our skin color, customs, language, or ancestry.

This is why I’ve dedicated this week to recruiting 12 undocumented youth to drive to the Florida state capitol tomorrow. We’re driving there to join the Dream Defenders, a group led jointly by black and brown youth, who have occupied the governor’s office for weeks demanding action on what they’re calling "Trayvon’s law", which would help reduce gun violence, racial profiling, and the criminalization of young people of color.3

Here’s where you come in. Prominent African American artists like Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, and Kanye West have already come out strongly in support of justice for Trayvon.4 We need prominent Latino artists to do the same. It might be just enough to force a conservative state to do something for Trayvon, or at least send a strong message to the rest of the country that what happened to Trayvon is unacceptable. It just so happens that we have a real opportunity with Marc Anthony holding a concerts in Florida from Aug. 23-25.5

Can you ask Marc Anthony to publicly support Trayvon’s law at his Florida concerts?

Marc Anthony is a superstar, the top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. He also understands what it’s like to be racially profiled. While he sang “God Bless America” at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, this year, people started tweeting horrible things such as “Why is an illegal singing God Bless America?.”6 Marc Anthony is a U.S. citizen. He was born in New York City of Puerto Rican parents.

If someone as popular as Marc Anthony supports “Trayvon’s law” at a his Florida concerts with thousands of Florida residents present, it will go a long way towards making it a reality and towards encouraging other prominent Latinos to speak out for Trayvon Martin and millions of black and brown youth just like him.

Tell Marc Anthony to publicly support Trayvon’s Law at his Orlando concert on Aug. 25

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Juan Sousa-Rodriguez of the Trail of Dreams

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

1. "Trail of Dreams." Trail 2010.
2. "Honor Trayvon Martin: Build the Movement." Color of Change.
3. "Gov. Scott: Prove Your Commitment to the Youth with Trayvon's Law." MoveOn.
4. "Stevie Wonder’s Florida Boycott ." Slate. July 17, 2013.
5. "Marc Anthony Tour." Marc Anthony Online.
6. "Baseball Fans SUPER ANGRY Hispanic American Superstar Sang ‘God Bless America’ at All-Star Game. Public Shaming. July 16, 2013.