Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, released a Mother's Day video online last night asking for supporters to voice their opposition to Florida's controversial stand-your-ground law, and others like it.
The video was posted on YouTube, as well as GlobalGrind.com. In it, Fulton says "this will be my first Mother's Day without my son Trayvon."
"I know it will be hard, but my faith, family and friends will pull me through," she says. "On Sunday I'm going to say a prayer for other mothers across America who share this unbearable pain.
The video concludes with Fulton asking viewers to ask their governor to "re-examine" stand your ground and similar laws. Supporters of the teenager's family have been critical of the law, which allows the use of deadly force in response to a reasonable fear that death or serious injury is imminent.
Amid the controversy, Gov. Rick Scott announced a task force to review the law, which met for the first time this month and resolved to kick off a statewide round of public hearings June 12 in Sanford.
The man charged in the teen's shooting death, George Zimmerman, says he fired in self defense after he was attacked and beaten by the teen.
Fulton's video is also posted on the website for a foundation started by the family. Michael Hall, one of four directors listed for The Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation in incorporation documents, said it has been online more than a month.
State business documents also list Fulton and Trayvon's brother, Jahvarius Martin, as directors.
The family established the foundation through the non-profit Miami Foundation, a "private foundation alternative" that offers logistical and accounting support to fledgling charitable organizations, said Vice President Nancy Jones.
"They're looking to advocate for social justice issues," she said of the Martin family. She said the money collected by the fund does not go to the family's legal fees or travel expenses.
"We've had a lot of interest in it," Jones said. "I talk to people almost daily about it."
The site says the Martin foundation's goal is to be "a worldwide Internet hub that will remove judgment of youth through awareness campaigns" to "mobilize pro-justice advocates" and collaborate with organizations "whose missions are to organize, uplift and advocate for the advancement of young people around the world who, for whatever reason, are judged to be 'different,' and thus a 'threat' to other people."
The family has also created Facebook and Twitter accounts, distributing news about the case and others like it.
Social media has been central to the shooting controversy since it began, and both Trayvon's family and Zimmerman's defense have entered the online debate. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, created a blog, along with Twitter and Facebook accounts, and has begun distributing statements about the case online.
O'Mara has also established a legal defense fund for Zimmerman at his site, GZLegalCase.com. The Martin family's foundation is online at JusticeTM.org.
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