“Councilman Nick J. Mosby will introduce a resolution calling for the city of Baltimore to review and minimize business dealings with the State of Florida in protest of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Though Florida Statue 776, the Justifiable Use of Force Act, more commonly known as the “Stand Your Ground” law which enables citizens to use deadly force on a subjective basis, was never cited by George Zimmerman’s defense lawyers, the jury was instructed to consider them during deliberations.”
The Divestment from the State of Florida legislation will be introduced during the Baltimore City Council Meeting on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 5 p.m.
This course of action by Councilman Nick J. Mosby is monumental. He will be setting a standard for public servants across the nation and encouraging them to stand tall against politics and injustice.
I would imagine that an array of constituents in his district and in the greater city of Baltimore may share feelings of disdain, admiration, or apathy. But what we must take away form this is that there are still public servants in this country that hear the cries and share the frustration of their constituents and act on them.
How many marches did we see for #TrayvonMartin? How many celebrities pledged to boycott the State of Florida? How many orators in our community, churches, and even family gave heart-quenching speeches of the “new Jim Crow” for our youth?
Councilman Nick J. Mosby took it upon himself to put the frustrations and concerns of his district into action. Though I hope the outcome of this legislation is in his favor, I admire the conversation his is trying start concerning politics/beliefs and law/justice.
- Baltimore councilman wants city to boycott Florida following Zimmerman acquittal (bizjournals.com)
- Young city eaders seek to end violence (abc2news.com)
- We Are All Trayvon Martin (shepherdspiehole.typepad.com)