“Knock, knock, who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Congratulations [your skin is White] you’re on the jury.” That joke was the opening remark of Atty. Don West as he addressed the jury of six Florida White women at the opening of the trial of Zimmerman. The defendant was on trial in Sanford, Fla., for the Feb. 6, 2012, shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Anti-death penalty activists from Houston and Dallas piled onto buses last Wednesday in route to Huntsville to protest the execution of Kimberly McCarthy. McCarthy became the 500th death row inmate executed in Texas since the state reintroduced the death penalty in 1982.
Austin (TPA) - Considering the expanding economic success of the state of Texas, African American interest groups from the civil rights, business and education communities are speaking with one voice in their request that the Texas House of Representatives fully restore the prior $5.4 billion cut from public education in addition to adjusting for inflation and rapidly growing student enrollment. Taking into account the Lone Star State’s economic prowess, these organizations also believe that Texas can afford to accept the Medicaid expansion that would create healthier communities across Texas. The groups united for education and health are Texas NAACP, Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, Austin Area Urban League, Texas Association of African American Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Publishers Association. Leaders from these organizations held a press conference on April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Speakers Committee Room in the Texas Capitol to explain why these issues are of vital importance for the African American community and all of Texas.