Trayvon Martin Foundation

The Trayvon Martin Foundation sends its deepest condolences to the Family of King Carter.

The Trayvon Martin Foundation sends its deepest condolences to the Family of King Carter a 6-year-old boy who was fatally shot while playing with his friends in Pinewood, just north of Miami.


“The senseless violence has to stop! My heart aches every time we revisit the struggles in our own community. We must fight for the right of our children to grow up in peace and safety today.” said Sybrina Fulton mother of Trayvon Martin.


The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to helping the family through this difficult tragedy and pray God gives them peace in the middle of this storm.

Trayvon Martin Foundation Peace Walk / Peace Talk & Remembrance Day

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We Are Here (Alicia Keys) is one of the Trayvon Martin Foundation partners working to make life better for inner-city children.

We Are Here is partnering with #cut50 to host this petition as part of their campaign for #JusticeReformNOW. Join the hundreds of thousands who have already put their name onto this petition.


  • Our Justice System is broken, and the stats are striking.
  • The US spends $80 billion a year to incarcerate 2.2 million people.
  • 70 Million Americans have a criminal record.
  • 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars.
  • But most tragic, we believe, is that 2.7 million American children currently have at least 1 incarcerated parent.

We also believe that we have a critical moment of opportunity to create change.

Right now, both houses of Congress have introduced comprehensive justice reform legislation. More

Thank You!

For those of you who donated to ”Give Miami Day” and continuing our cause of changing lives positively THANK YOU!


Your donation allows the Trayvon Martin Foundation the opportunity to find solutions for youth, help parents who have been victimized by senseless violence, provide scholarships to inner city youth, rebuild relationships and strengthen a positive self-image within the community.  


Again thank you.


Troy E. Wright

Executive Director



Hundreds of peaceful and concerned citizens come together to walk for peace and remember the sacrifice of Trayvon Martin.

We must continue to strive for peace in our communities. 
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YOUR DOLLARS IN ACTION YES! Youth Empowerment & Solutions Summit a BIG Success

In summary because of your support together we :
•  Hosted 1200 teenagers in Miami- Dade & Broward County who came up with positive solutions to issues that plague them.
•  Created over 25 breakout sessions successfully designed to strategically find solutions for bullying, rape, police brutality, effective communication, empowerment, cyber bullying, social media and more.
•  Gathered concerned mothers who have experienced senseless violence in the family and restored, empowered and equipped them to become transformation agents in their own communities.
•  Began structuring 20 scholarships in 20 cities across America for youth.
•  Successfully organized a conference for males to rebuild lost relationships and strengthen existing relationship to promote positive self-image within males in the community.
•  Through travel and direct communication with politicians and community organizations campaigned to stop violence.
•  Engaged with hundreds of teens on stress, body image, teen violence, internet addiction, sexting and more.
•  Received promises from hundreds of students to do their best, do better and try to change the world positively.
The bottom line is the Trayvon Martin Foundation is helping to change lives.
However without your donation the foundation cannot continue to do what we do. Can you help us? 

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Felishia Monet (99 Jamz) & Austin T. Hendrix - Wright to attend YES! Summit as a host and panelist.

Miami is a haven for celebrities, spring breakers, retirees, immigrants in search of the American dream! Often described as having beautiful weather only matched by the beauty of its residents, regarded as the “Magic City,” Miami has many jewels! One of those jewels is on-air personality Felisha Monet!


Growing up in NY, Felisha kept her radio tuned to Hot 97 radio legend Angie Martinez! Inspired by all that Angie stood for as a woman excelling in a male dominated field, Felisha dreamed of one day having her own show! Her dream has now become her reality and she has hopes of repeating the cycle and becoming that same inspiration for others.


She made her debut on radio after moving to Tallahassee in 2001! A local DJ noticed her at working at a mall job and thought her charismatic personality was better served gracing the airwaves than selling sneakers! She thought of Angie Martinez and her own childhood dream and decided to go off her instincts, quit her job and a few weeks later she was a regular voice on Tallahassee’s HOT 105.7! She was later recruited to work for Clear Channel’s WBWT 100.7 The Beat. More

 Austin T. Hendrix-Wright a native of Seattle Washington and the Nephew of the Legendary “Jimi Hendrix, was introduced to some of music industry greats at an early age. Trained in Guitar and piano he played with Michael Johnson, Stanley Jordan, Earth Wind and Fire, and various gospel groups in the Seattle community. In an attempt to gain new insight and a college education, Austin chose the prestigious Historical Black College University, Morehouse. Obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Serving as event planner for Morehouse and contributing entertainment writer for the Maroon Tiger; Austin assisted in the production for big functions like the annual BET Hip Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, Grammy Awards and other national events. More 

YES! Panelist – Jonathan Pollard Attny & Lisa Nicole Cloud. (Married to Medicine) More to be announced this week

Lisa Nicole Cloud -  Business women,Bravo TV Married to Medicinewww.

Lisa Nicole Cloud is a woman of passion, purpose, and vision. Lisa, a true multifaceted business mogul, has achieved phenomenal success as a direct sales expert, author, business and success coach, speaker, sales trainer, clothing designer and philanthropist. Lisa is the CEO of several successful companies. Lisa is proof that through hard work, focus on personal development, and great mentorship, one can truly live the life they've always dreamt of. More Info

Jonathan Pollard is a trial lawyer and commercial litigator based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who focuses his practice on competition law.   Jonathan has extensive experience litigating a wide-range of competition claims, including non-compete, trade secret and antitrust claims.  He has tried both jury and bench trials to verdict and successfully prosecuted appeals in the Eleventh Circuit.  He is licensed in Florida and all federal district courts in Florida.

Meet The Next Secretary Of Education! John B King to speak at YES! National Youth Empowerment & Solutions Summit

The man who will succeed Education Secretary Arne Duncan has both an inspirational personal story and a record of controversy in what's become a national debate over the Common Core learning standards.


At age 40, John King Jr. will become one of the youngest Cabinet members in American history. He's been deputy U.S. education secretary since January, after serving as education commissioner in New York.


Duncan called him "one of the most passionate, courageous, clearheaded leaders in our field" with a "remarkable personal story."


King grew up in Brooklyn, the son of two educators. But both parents died by the time he was 12, and King described a chaotic life of bouncing between relatives in this Huffington Post essay. He credited public school teachers, particularly at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain junior high in Coney Island, with helping him stay on track.


Despite being kicked out of a prestigious prep school, King managed to get into Harvard. It was there that he developed a passion for education while volunteering at an after-school program in a Boston public housing project. He later taught high school social studies in Boston and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and earned degrees from Yale Law School and Columbia University's Teachers College (a master's and a doctorate in educational administrative practice).


King became a leader in the charter school movement when, still in law school, he co-founded Boston's Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. It became the highest-performing urban public school in Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2009, he was managing director of the network Uncommon Schools, which runs charters in New York and Boston. In 2011, King became New York state education commissioner, where he led the transition to the Common Core.


New York was one of the first states to adopt the standards, after winning a federal Race to the Top grant, and implementation made King into a lightning rod. Many parents and teachers criticized the state for rushing the rollout without giving schools enough support. Criticism grew as the state implemented new, more difficult tests aligned to the standards. In 2013, the percentage of students deemed proficient fell to roughly 30 percent statewide, half of what it had been before the Common Core.


King responded by holding public forums, which became so raucous that he briefly suspended them. Deborah Brooks, a parent from Port Washington who attended one forum, said the crowd complained about implementing new standards and tests at the same time, but she said it didn't seem like King cared.


"I kind of picture him sitting in the chair of the bulldozer or the steamroller, and, if you got in his way, woe to you."


Brooks, who has a daughter in sixth grade, was among many parents who protested the new standards by opting their children out of state tests. Ultimately, some 20 percent of children statewide did not take this year's tests.


King also earned the ire of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the teachers unions, who rarely agree. Cuomo sent a memo to King stating that the state's teacher evaluation system wasn't rigorous enough. He demanded to know why just 1 percent of teachers got the lowest ratings even though a large majority of third- through eighth-graders weren't proficient on Common Core tests.


The teachers unions complained that the evaluation system relied too heavily on student test scores and urged King to resign. Upon learning of his appointment as U.S. education secretary, New York State United Teachers issued a statement calling King an "ideologue with whom we disagreed sharply on many issues" and called on its members to complain to the White House switchboard.


But King, like Duncan, also has staunch supporters who praised him for standing firm as he demanded tougher standards for all of New York's children. Ijeoma Duru, a 23 year-old graduate of the Roxbury charter school King helped start, remembered him from when she was a sixth-grader. Now a teacher at Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School in Brooklyn, Duru praised King for pushing the Common Core, which she said is better preparing her students.


"Everything he did was for the benefit of students," she said.


New York State Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, who worked alongside King, called him a true leader.


"He led work on curriculum," she said. "He led work on access and opportunity for students in every ZIP code and every district and every corner of the great state of New York."


She said her only regret was that she and King implemented teacher evaluations at the same time as the new standards. As states around the country, including New York, now review the Common Core, Tisch urged King and the federal government to maintain quality, no matter what.


"It would be tragic for this country to move away from high standards," she said. "It would be tragic for this country to accept less for its students."


King will begin the new job in December, when Duncan heads home to Chicago.

Nona C. Jones to speak at Trayvon Martin Foundation YES! National Youth Empowerment & Solutions Summit. #TMFYES

Nona C. Jones

Nona C. Jones to speak at Trayvon Martin Foundation YES! National Youth Empowerment & Solutions Summit.

Nona C. Jones is the Chief External Affairs Officer PACE Center for Girls, a nationally recognized, statewide network of centers for at-risk middle and high-school girls.

Immediately prior to joining PACE Center for Girls, Jones served as Public Affairs Director for Gainesville Regional Utilities in Gainesville, Florida. In that role she had responsibility for the utility’s Federal and State Government Relations, as well as its state and local community engagement. She also served as Vice-President of the Florida Municipal Electric Association and was in line to become the youngest and first African American President of the organization.

She says, however, “There are many ways to make history and one of them is to change the lives of those that need you. Being the first African American and youngest to lead a statewide organization is a great bullet point for a resume, but working on behalf of the traumatized girls PACE serves everyday will be part of my legacy.”

Mario O Pipkin -Partner Level General Manager Strategic Enterprise Services IT Microsoft Corporation to speak at YES!

Mario Pipkin is Partner Level General Manager of the Strategic Enterprise Services IT Service Engineering (SESIT SE) division within Microsoft.  He and his team are responsible for ensuring Microsoft platforms are designed for and achieve operational excellence.  His organization spans multiple countries and is accountable for Microsoft’s core service platforms, data integration services and cloud migration efforts.


As America finds itself in the middle of social amendment, teaching our youth how to find solutions remain to be the key to positive change. Therefore on October 22, 23, 24th the Trayvon Martin Foundation will present Y.E.S! A National Youth Empowerment & Solutions Summit to change lives.


Leading the Summit of chosen students from Miami-Dade, Broward and select cities across America (800 each day) will be U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Microsoft’s Mario Pipkin and many more. In addition, experts in the field of solutions will teach current high school students and future leaders how to create solutions to issues that plague them.


The youth will use that structure as a cornerstone to create their own solutions in break-out sessions to stimulate ideas for change in their school and community.

"We often talk about change and being a part of something special however, it's another thing to take action after the conversation is over.... well the conversation is over, now is the time to implement solutions." Troy E. Wright Executive Director.

Will you say YES! To helping our youth change the world? Please email Tanya Augusma at Or Click Here to Sponsor today.

Each week for the next 8 weeks the Trayvon Martin Foundation will release a dignitary’s name who will lead this transformation.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to speak at Trayvon Martin Foundation National Youth Empowerment  & Solutions Summit 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
As America finds itself in the middle of social amendment, teaching our youth how to find solution's remain to be the key to positive change. Therefore on October 22, 23, 24th the Trayvon Martin Foundation will present Y.E.S! a National YouthEmpowerment & Solutions Summit to change lives.


Leading the Summit of chosen students from  Miami-Dade, Broward and select cities across America (800-1,000 each day) will be U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In addition, experts in the field of solutions will teach current high school students and future leaders how to create solutions to issues that plague them.


The youth will use that structure as a cornerstone to create there own solutions in break-out sessions to stimulate idea's for change in their school and community.


"We often talk about change and being a part of something special however, it's another thing to take action after the conversation is over.... well the conversation is over, now is the time to implement solutions." Troy E. Wright Executive Director.


Will you say YES! to helping our youth change the world?  Please email Tanya Augusma at or Click Here to Sponsor today.


Each week for the next 8 weeks the Trayvon Martin Foundation will release a dignitaries name who will lead the this transformation.


With a potpourri of powerful speakers and festive guest the Trayvon Martin Foundation “Circle of Fathers” may have changed the world for fathers in South Florida. Guest speaker former NFL great Jason Taylor.

“Once men realize we are an instrument of positive change, you get positive results like this….men dedicated to making sure they do their part to take care of home and the community, to protect their future.” Tracy Martin - Founder

“It is a blessing to see determined and encouraged men walk out of the conference and awards, full of confidence and pride. It’s a reminder of how important it is to tell loved ones how much you love and appreciate them.” Sybrina Fulton – Founder

“You know you’re doing something right when after a conference seeing a grown man cry, hugs his family and promises to be the man God mandated he should be. Hallelujah!” said Troy E. Wright Executive Director.

2015 Father's Of The Year
Lovester Montgomery III, Mario Robinson, John Nelson, Clarence Boyce Jr., Calvin Gibson, Anthon Fairbanks, Andre Royal, Cedric Floyd, Torrie Floyd, Rev Woodrow Jenkins, Leroy Burke, Michael Ware, James T Thomas, Marlon Graves, Randy Perkins, Rick Party, Big Man Kelly, Ted Evans, Raymond Carvil Sr., Wayne Messam, Melvin Washington, Roger Martin, Dr. Walter T. Richardson, Edward Shohat, Steven Hunter Esq., Guerin Augusma.

NYMAG.COM  Q&A: Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother, on the Black Lives Matter Movement, Racial Justice, Gun Violence, and Why She’s Not Ready to Forgive.

August 13, 2015

Black Lives Matter is, in a sense, Trayvon Martin's legacy. The hashtag first began appearing when George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who fatally shot the 17-year-old as he walked home in a small Florida town, was acquitted in July 2013. While Zimmerman walked free, Trayvon's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, found themselves at the forefront of an urgent new national movement that has only been fueled by a series of other shootings of black youth by the hands of police, as well as several deaths while in police custody. Fulton, at first unwilling to be a spokesperson, has since grown into her role traveling around the country to speak Read More

Circle of Fathers "Conference & Father of the Year Awards"   Guest -  (Former NFL Star Jason Taylor & Recording Artist David Banner! August 15th

Circle of Father's Conference - Father of the Year Awards!
Father of the Year - Awards Tickets

Trayvon Martin Foundation "Book Bag Give-Away" Oh What Fun!

A great day of community, education, fun, dancing and food at the Trayvon Martin Foundation "Book Bag Give-Away" with Sybrina Fulton ,Tracy Martin, Hanan's Academic Development Center & Community Builders and hundreds of youth.


"Equipping our youth with tools they need to succeed is important, everyone should do there part to prepare them today." - Sybrina Fulton - Founder


"If we say that children are our future, what future will they have if don't help them now." - Tracy Martin - Founder


"I would rather try to empower and educate our youth and fail, then to grow old saying I wish I had." - Troy E. Wright - Executive Director


"Train up a child in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it" Proverb 22:6

TMF Back To School Extravaganza! Saturday Aug. 8th 10:00am - 2:00pm

Sybrina Fulton recieves proclamation from MDCS for work done through Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Sybrina Fulton / Trayvon Martin Foundation - Video


The mother of Trayvon Martin was honored Wednesday for the work she has done for a foundation created in her late son's name.


Sybrina Fulton said she is honored to be recognized and continues to be a voice against violence toward children and building safer communities throughout the state.


Fulton was awarded a proclamation at the Miami-Dade School Board administration building for all she has done through the Trayvon Martin Foundation. She has dedicated her life to transforming family tragedy into social change following the shooting death of her 17-year-old son, which sparked a national debate about race relations.


Fulton said she has lots of back to school events planned, helping kids get off on the right foot as they head back to school next month.See Video

Highlands County hires first black female deputy.

Nicole Brown, the first female black patrol deputy hired by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, was sworn in by Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton. PHOTO COURTESY OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Highlands Today staff report

Published: June 24, 2015   |   Updated: June 24, 2015 at 04:47 PM

SEBRING — The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office has hired its first black female patrol deputy.


On Wednesday, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton conduced a swearing in ceremony for Nicole Brown, a recent graduate of South Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Academy.


Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. She began her career as a teacher of elementary autism classes at the Wingate Oaks School in Fort Lauderdale. This position led to an opportunity to become a clinical therapist at the Avon Park Youth Academy.... Read More

God Help Us! - Condolences to the Families of Charleston South Carolina

The Trayvon Martin Foundation sends its condolences to the families, congregation and loved ones in Charleston South Carolina victimized by senseless violence. There is no room for hatred or racism in this world.


We pray God gives you peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of the storm. We also pray God continues to heal your hearts with his love. -  Troy E. Wright Executive Director.

Sybrina Fulton "Circle of Mothers" honored by City of Aventura

Tuesday June 9th the Trayvon Martin Foundation co-founder Sybrina Fulton was honored by Mayor Enid Weissman (City of Aventura) for her diligence and work with the Circle of Mothers and endeavor to prevent senseless violence.

Trayvon Martin Foundation partners with Overtown community Center to "Save Our Sons"

Overtown Community Center "Save Our Sons" Event

No Lights, No Cameras, No Negative Press!
Action: Real men showing up to Save Our Sons.....
Brandon Okpalobi, A. Randolph, Alonzo Mourning, Etan Thomas,Troy Wright, Danny Agnew, James Mungin


Sybrina Fulton host the Trayvon Martin Foundation "Circle of Mothers"

Circle of Mothers

Three (3) days with some of the most social, historic and legendary women in America.

Circle of Mothers with special guest speakers Congresswomen Frederica Wilson, Maxine Waters & Corrine Brown. ‪#‎CircleofMothers‬

Trayvon Martin Foundation "Circle Of Mothers" This Weekend

May 22 - 24 2015

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Sybrina Fulton created the Circle of Mothers as a way to empower women. The purpose of the Circle of Mothers is to bring together mothers who have lost children or family members to senseless gun violence for the purpose of healing, empowerment, and fellowship toward the larger aim of community building. This will be done by:

1. Providing an opportunity for mothers who have experienced the loss of children to senseless gun violence to engage in experiential restoration activities that will equip them to self-manage their coping and healing process.

2. Bringing together a group of women from communities nationwide who are natural stakeholders to engage in a simplified strategic planning session for the Circle of Mothers program to prevent violent deaths in communities nationwide and heighten awareness about how violent crimes impact society.

3. Opening a national dialogue and form a national program agenda for the empowerment of mothers as community change agents.

Trayvon Martin Foundation Receives Legacy Magazine "Community Service Organization Of  The Year" Award

Troy E. Wright - President & Tracy Martin Co-Founder - Trayvon Martin Foundation
Sybrina Fulton - Co-Founder Trayvon Martin Foundation

This year’s stellar group of honorees is impressive. They range from several corporate directors, community leaders, several of South Florida’s top attorneys, Public officials and several successful entrepreneurs.  


"At Legacy South Florida, we pride ourselves in showcasing the best and brightest stars in our community. Their accomplishments inspire us and their commitment to serving others is the cornerstone of their power," said Publisher Dexter Bridgeman.


The star studded event was packed with eager and excited recipients who graciously received an award. In addition to the Trayvon Martin Foundation being honored as “Community Organization of the Year”, both Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton Co-founders of the Trayvon Martin Foundation received the well-deserved awards as the “50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2015”


“The Trayvon Martin Foundation has a great team of inspired leaders who are serious about finding solutions. I am so happy the Foundation is being recognized and equally as happy to see Tracy and Sybrina acknowledged individually for the work they do in the community and across the nation.” said Troy E. Wright Foundation President

"We Are Here" Give Large Donation To The Trayvon Martin Foundation 

 Throughout history, many recording artist and entertainers felt a responsibility to help others trying to change the world. However, last week in an emotional gesture, the true creative talent and philanthropist Alicia Keys new movement "We Are Here" put their money where their heart is by donating an undisclosed sum of money to the Trayvon Martin Foundation (TMF).


 “Wherever we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference.  Since I co-founded Keep a Child Alive 11 years ago, I have seen firsthand the impact we can have when we come together. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “We can Be the Change we want to see in the world.”  We ALL have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard. That is why I created “WE ARE HERE” because, it’s not about me. It’s about WE.”  Said Alicia Keys


The "We Ae Here" donation will help the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s aggressive mission to make an impact in the lives of youth and not let the name of Trayvon Martin be forgotten.


“Alicia Keys is an incredible women. It brings me to tears to know there are great people like Mrs. Keys who really care about our youth. The  "We Are Here" donation will help us toward our goal to change lives by offering educational opportunities, social skills and financial literacy programs.  We are determined to make a difference.” Said Troy E. Wright -Trayvon Martin Foundation President


Currently the TMF is establishing 20 scholarships in 20 cities for inner-city youth and launching a National Youth Empowerment and Solutions (Y.E.S) conference "Teen Summit". The conference (October 22, 23, 24th) will be led by college and high schools students to discuss and find solutions that plague them. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of youth from across the nation.


Also, led by co-founder Sybrina Fulton, (Mother of Trayvon Martin) the foundation will embrace mothers who have lost a child to senseless violence by uniting on May 22, 23 for a Circle of Mothers event. Co-founder Tracy Martin will host a Save Our Sons event later this year.


In addition, the TMF is rooted in the community by offering workshops and seminars for inner-city youth to provide  instruction, guidance and education.


If you would like to join philanthropist who are dedicated to creating positive change. Please contact Troy E. Wright to make a donation and change the world.


Creating opportunities for Seattle youth to achieve success in higher education and themselves.


Seattle, WA – April 8, 2015: Troy E. Wright President of The Trayvon Martin Foundation (TMF) selected Seattle as one of the recipient cities of the 20 scholarships in 20 cities initiative by 2016. One of the goals of The Foundation is to provide education opportunities to inner-city youth. This was accomplished by establishing partnerships with community, state, and private colleges as well as grassroots organizations.


"This is a great day, I am happy the foundation will be able to assist in changing lives in Seattle." Said Troy E. Wright

You Grow Girl!

The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin parents of Trayvon Martin in March 2012 as a not-for-profit organization under the auspices of the Miami Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts our world and to provide support, advocacy and education to inner-city families. The TMF President will make a formal announcement of the Initiative and introduce their local community partners, Extraordinary Futures, Young Urban Authors and You Grow Girl!, who have been selected to launch the Seattle Network for the Education Initiative at the Seattle’s Justice and Peace Mixer on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at

 the Columbia City Gallery.


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Proceeds raised from this event will go towards sending representatives from the Seattle Network as well as twenty Seattle youth to Miami, Florida for the upcoming Youth Empowerment & Solutions (Y.E.S.) Conference October 22-24, 2015 and provide scholarships to Seattle youth. For more information on the Initiative visit To learn more about attending the event, sponsorship opportunities or Seattle Network partners visit or


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16 States Have More People In Prison Than In College Dorms - Attack On Poor Not Just Blacks Anymore.

A new report from MetricMaps details a shocking statistic — in 16 states in the nation, there are more people locked up in correctional facilities than those residing in college dorms.

Most of the states highlighted in the report are in the South and most of the inmates are Black.

Out of the 16 states listed in the report, Alabama has 647 per 100,000 residents behind bars. reports that the state is one of only five with an incarceration rate higher than 600 inmates per 100,000 residents.

On Tuesday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk panel discussed this alarming report detailing the number of Americans imprisoned in U.S. facilities. 

NewsOne Now panelist and managing editor forPolitic365.comLauren Victoria Burke, told Martin, “If you take that money into education, you would actually stop the incarceration because it would be a preventative economic measure.”

Leadership Strategist Avis Jones-DeWeever added, “Let’s be frank about this, Black bodies are still a commodity in this country. ”It is a driving force for employment for a lot of people who are not qualified, quite frankly, to do anything else.”

Martin, host of NewsOne Now, expanded the conversation, “It’s not just Black[s] now…the number of White inmates and the issue of meth [in] West Virginia and Tennessee, in Georgia … it’s literally an attack on the poor.”

Martin went on to highlight that California spends $49,000 per year to house one inmate in a state prison.

 “Privatizing prison management is big business,” says Joe Jones, Founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families. “These private industries contract with governments, they put quotas in place in their contracts to say that the states have to maintain a certain level of occupied beds in order to fulfill those contracts. So if a state doesn’t have X number of inmates in a cell, the state then has to pay a fee to the contractor who is managing the prison.

“That is unconscionable and I don’t think most of us understand how the prison industry works.”

Watch Martin, Lauren Victoria Burke, Joe Jones, and Avis Jones-DeWeever discuss the disturbing statistics detailing the number of Americans that are incarcerated outpacing the number of Americans currently being housed in college dormitories in the audio clip below.

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Trayvon Martin Foundation - Packs-out Community Youth Mentorship Seminar

On a Saturday morning when most youth are trying to sleep in, youth from all across Miami-Dade and Broward County converged on the Trayvon Martin Foundation.


In a capacity crowd, a message of deliverance through empowerment resonated through the building and allowed the youth to find solutions.


“ It’s about time someone is not only listening to what we have to say, but actually are coming up with solutions to help us.” said one 15 year old participant.


Leading the charge were co-founders Tracy Martin & Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon) and new President Troy E. Wright to assure the youth felt free to speak their mind. Other speakers included Miami-Dade Police Department - Knowing Your Rights, Broward County Police on Communicating with Law Enforcement, Hope Bucaman & Nigil Wright -Conflict Resolution/Bullying, Amir Youseff – Diversity, Jasmine Wright- Social Media, Tracy Martin & Derrek Stewart – Values, Sybrina Fulton – Goal Setting, and Troy E. Wright – Self-Esteem.


“When we take action and do what we say were going to do, some people are surprised, but we are serious about helping out youth” said Tracy Martin.


The Community Youth Mentorship Seminar started at 9:00am, ended at 3:00pm and offered free snacks and lunch.


“I am so happy we can provide mentorship, they are our future” said Sybrina Fulton


In addition to other community and national seminars The Trayvon Martin Foundation will do these type of event every quarter. The goal is to get funding to do this on a daily basis and show there outcomes work.


“Our youth deserve more than what they have been given so for. We want to change the world and provide Social Skill training, Financial Literacy programs, Parenting courses and National conversations like the National Youth Empowerment & Solutions conference we will be hosting in October.  So if people ask why we need donations, they will clearly see we mean action.” Said Troy E. Wright President.


Father of Trayvon Martin: Bridgeton protesters must work toward solutions

Tracy Martin, father of the slain black teenager Trayvon Martin, visited Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday, March 7, for a men's prayer gathering event, where he discussed issues affecting the black community & the solutions needed to accomplish..

BURLINGTON TWP. -- Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin -- the black teenager killed after a confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012 -- visited Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday for a prayer gathering.


Martin, after the event, said he had heard about the fatal police-involved shooting of Jerame Reid -- the 36-year-old man shot and killed by Bridgeton police officers on Dec. 30.


Martin said communities throughout the country are all fighting various battles for justice and social equality.


Bridgeton City residents have gathered for two protest marches since Reid's death. When asked what message he had for the residents in Bridgeton seeking their own justice following a loss, he said though he supports protesting, it cannot stop there.


"I am a firm believer in protesting, but what you

He called the prayer gathering a "meeting of the minds."


"Where we look for strength and guidance," he said.


He added: "We are on a mission to educate against gun violence, gun laws and mandatory programs of 20-year sentences."

Tracy Martin, father of the slain black teenager Trayvon Martin, hugging an attendee of a men's prayer gathering at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday, March 7, 2015, where Martin discussed issues affecting the black community and the solutions needed to accomplish social change.

Spencer Kent | South Jersey Times


Martin's visit not only follows the recent protest rally for Reid, but the recent report by the U.S. Department of Justice that found evidence of racial prejudice in the police and courts in Ferguson, Missouri.


Martin also talked about the role of family and called on fathers to take on a more active role in their children's lives.


Many fathers and sons went up to Martin after the gathering to speak with him or to just give him a hug. His perseverance in dealing with tragedy had a positive affect on the men in attendance on Saturday.


Brian Cirkey, 48, of Camden and his 12-year-old son Joseph, were among those who approached Martin after the gathering.


"We wanted to come out to support a man who took a tragedy and inspire others. I wanted my son to take notice of that," Brian Cirkey said.



President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host Black History Month Reception - Salutes Trayvon Martin parents.

Three years after Trayvon Martin's killing, his mother meets Medgar Evers' widow

Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton

(CNN)When people are faced with overwhelming trauma in their lives, some become consumed by their difficulties, while others emerge stronger for it. In special circumstances, they may find their destiny, and seek to heal the world and make all of us stronger.

Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton are two great women whose achievements demand our attention. Although their personal stories are separated by five decades, these women share parallel lives. Thrust into a position of leadership for the greater good of society, they have used personal grief over the loss of a loved one to become agents for change. Read more

AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

Sybrina Fulton

MIAMI (AP) — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.

Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son's death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder.

"He took a life, carelessly and recklessly, and he shouldn't deserve to have his entire life walking around on the street free. I just believe that he should be held accountable for what he's done," Fulton said. Read more

MSNBC host hopes Trayvon Martin 'whooped the s--t out of George Zimmerman'

Statement - Federal Government Decision

February 24, 2015


On behalf of Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation we would like to thank the Federal Government for an extensive and thorough investigation in the civil inquiry against George Zimmerman.


We would also like to thank the millions of people around the world who have supported us through prayer and vigilance. Your letters of love and encouragement at times helped mend our broken hearts and made the difference in finding solace in dark times.


Although we are disappointed in the Government findings, we remain poised to do everything in our power to make sure that senseless violence is eradicated and no parent or community has to go through what we’ve had to endure on a daily basis.


The Trayvon Martin Foundation is dedicated to finding solutions to social injustice, protecting our youth, and empowering those who demand justice and peace.


No one, regardless of race, religion, or gender should ever have to suffer being victimized because of ignorance, profiling, or bigotry.


We must never forget what happened to Trayvon Martin. His tragic death has triggered a resilience in people who refuse to be ignored, mistreated, or disrespected.


The issue is not just a police, black, or white problem. But an issue of respect, consideration, and love for each other who may look, act, or speak differently. It is time for us to soul search and decide what we want this world to look like for our children and make a change starting today.


Therefore, stand with us who believe we can make a positive change. Stand with us who love our country and demand peace for all people. Stand with us who want to find solutions to heal our land so we all can live in harmony.


Troy E. Wright



Sybrina Fulton Ask God Why

Sybrina Fulton (Mother of Trayvon Martin) makes a heartfelt appeal for every man, women, boy and girl to make a difference to positively change our world.

By Dan Berger   @authordanberger - Aljazeera America

Fifty years ago today, assassins killed black power activist Malcolm X during a speech to the Organization for Afro-American Unity at New York City’s Audubon Ballroom. Although they ended the life of one of the 20th century’s most dynamic leaders, they did not kill his impact. His insights into racism and freedom are as necessary today as when he first spoke them. A half-century after his murder, Malcolm X may still be one of our best guides for making sense of American racism, the evil that once again roils the country in unrest. More

The Trayvon Martin Foundation Announce New President/Executive Director

Troy E. Wright

"I believe if you provide our children with an education, they will think their way to prosperity instead of the land of discontent."


The Trayvon Martin Foundation is pleased to announce Mr. Troy E. Wright as the new President / Executive Director. Mr. Wright’s ability to grow corporations and sincere desire to provide inspiration through education is well documented.


As the former Vice President of Experience Hendrix (Family of Jimi Hendrix) it was Mr. Wright, along with Hendrix’s father and relatives who battled for 2 ½ years to regain the rights of Jimi Hendrix and control 100% of name, likeness, and image for his estate worth millions of dollars. More recently Mr. Wright served as the Corporate Education Liaison at Florida National University where he established relationships between the University, businesses, and the local community.


Mr. Wright made history by founding the Washington State Mass Choir and becoming the first choir in Washington history to reach the Billboard Top 40. Mr. Wright not only produced a Stellar Award winning record (Kenny Smith "If There's No You") and Billboard #12 single (Eboni Foster "Crazy For You" but he also served as lead consultant for the Grammy Award winning documentary “Band of Gypsies”.


Since Mr. Wright’s arrival in South Florida he has dedicated his life to providing mentorship and inspiration in the community. Mr. Wright serves on seven Miami-Dade community boards including: Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, the African American Advisory Council, and he is the Vice President of the Higher Education Partnership of South Florida. He has established over 45 scholarships in Miami-Dade County.


When Mr. Wright is not serving the community he spends his time as a mentor for Big Brothers Big sisters, writing the biography of China Valles (Florida’s first Jazz radio announcer), and being a devoted father to his four sons “Father of the Year” as voted by a Seattle women’s organization. President Initiative 

Iyanla Vanzant Delivers A Strong Message About Love, Forgiveness & Moving Forward

Iyanla Vanzant to speak at Remembrance Dinner

Iyanla Vanzant joined Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin for the Trayvon Martin Remembrance Dinner. The occassion commemorated the life of Trayvon Martin and to raise public awareness of profiling, the impact of violent crime, senseless violence on the families of the victims and the impact of violence on our communities. This years special guest will be Iyana Vanzant deliverd a priceless message of love, forgiveness and moving forward. The Remembrance Dinner also celebrated life, progress and Foundation supporters who want change.

American Communities

Seattle, the Unlikely Protest Capital of the West

Seattle is not the city you think of when it comes to racial tensions. But surprisingly the home of Microsoft, Starbucks, and a 70% white population is brimming with a culture of individuals dedicated to protecting the rights of minorities in America today. In the wake of the Ferguson and Garner grand jury decisions hundreds took to the Seattle streets with rally cries of “No Justice, No Peace”, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”, and “I can’t breathe”. They staged “die-ins” all around the city causing stores to close and traffic to back up. These protest spanned multiple nights and raised the question… Read More

Malcolm X

Baltimore police shoot, Taser a man in front of Trayvon Martin mural

A man was left in critical condition on Sunday after Baltimore police shot and Tasered him in front of a mural commemorating Trayvon Martin – the Florida teenager killed by self-styled neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012.

The Baltimore Police Department said the encounter began when two officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the midst of the city's Upton and Sandtown-Winchester neighborhoods, according to the Baltimore Sun. Law enforcement did not elaborate on how incident unfolded, but Col. Garnell Green said police did attempt to use a Taser on the man before a gun was used. Read more

Guns in schools: Most student shootings take place outside the classroom


Fewer than 2 percent of student homicides happen at school, and students face far greater risk at home and outdoors


Al Jazeera - On Jan. 16, only about 20 minutes apart, shootings marred what would have been otherwise normal Friday evening basketball games at high schools in Mobile, Alabama, and Ocala, Florida. A student was shot and injured in each case; both survived. Thumbnail image for Guns in Schools: Gun control debate, stalled in DC, picks up in the statesThey were the 49th and 50th shootings at K–12 schools in the U.S. — calculated by Al Jazeera as incidents in which a gun discharges on school property and a student or teacher is involved but not police — since the December 2012 massacre of 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. more

Janelle Monae
President Barack Obama - My Brothers Keeper
Ferguson Grand Juror Sues Prosecutor To Lift Gag Order. read more
Florida police using African American mug shots as targets.Read more

Flavorwire-25 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2014

Sybrina Fulton

Trayvon Martin’s mom represents all the women who have stepped in and organized for the #BlackLivesMatter protests, from Ferguson to both coasts. This is becoming a new wave of the Civil Rights Movement. In a letter to Mike Brown’s mother and family this summer, Fulton wrote, “If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us. Some will mistake that last statement as being negatively provocative. But feeling us means feeling our pain; imagining our plight as parents of slain children. We will no longer be ignored.” -Flavorwire -  Read more

White-on-white murder in America is out of control

Picture by Joe Raedle

VOX - "Blacks represent 13% of the population but commit 50% of the murders; 90% of black victims are murdered by other blacks," writes Time's Joe Klein, calling for "provocative" thinking on race in America. "The facts suggest that history is not enough to explain this social disaster."

Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI's most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.

This is not to say that white people areinherently prone to violence. Most whites, obviously, manage to get through life without murdering anyone. And there are many countries full of white people — Norway, Iceland, France, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — where white people murder each other at a much lower rate than you see here in the United States. On the other hand, although people often see criminal behavior as a symptom of poverty, the quantity of murder committed by white people specifically in the United States casts some doubt on this. Per capita GDP is considerably higher here than in France — and the white population in America is considerably richer than the national average — and yet we have more white murderers.

To understand the level of cultural pathology at work here, it's important to understand that 36 percent of those killed by whites are women — a far higher share than you see with black murderers.

Clearly, the social disaster of white violence has complicated roots. But the beginning of an answer is to admit that we have a problem. It's striking that President Obama, who's frequently found time to comment on the height of black men's waistlines, seems oblivious to this torrent of white killing. To be fair to the White House, however, it would be uniquely difficult for Obama to address this delicate issue. The real tragedy is that none of Obama's 43 white predecessors have addressed it either. Indeed, looking back on America's political iconography, there are disturbing trends toward the glorification of white violence. Peer inside the US Capitol building, and you'll find a monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis — the leader of an insurgency that caused an unprecedented quantity of violent white deaths.

But whatever the causes or past mistakes, the important thing is to confront this important subject in the future. As we look ahead to a 2016 matchup that should give us two Euro-American major party nominees for the first time in a decade, perhaps America can finally get the debate about white violence it deserves.Updated by 


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