POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 11:09am
Longview, TX — Spurred by the February 2012 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, the NAACP announced a sweeping initiative this week to to help prevent similar incidents.
Nationally, the civil rights organization announced it will work to end stand your ground laws and to require across-the-board training on the dangers of racial profiling.
The Longview chapter president said Thursday that under the initiative known as “Trayvon’s Law,” the group will work in East Texas to end racial profiling, to train the city’s crime watch groups and to “dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.”
“We are trying to find out what is at the root of this problem, at the root and source, and get that out, get that exposed and changed,” said Branden Johnson, president of the Longview chapter. “We are a policy and advocacy based organization. We are looking at finding the policy and the issue-based problems.”
Johnson said the Longview chapter will hold several town hall meetings on yet-to-be determined dates to begin gathering community input on how to help move Trayvon’s Law forward in the community.
In addition, the proposals will be discussed at a rally planned at the end of the month and at a memorial service planned Sept. 15 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. Both events are sponsored by the Longview NAACP.
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