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Friday Nite Videos | May 21, 2021

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Stand Your Ground | John Oliver. All Along the Watchtower: A Pandemic Ballad. The Real Reason Workers Aren’t Running Back to Restaurant Jobs. Palestinian Artist Taqi Spateen Painting George Floyd. The Undying Hydra: A Freshwater Monster.

Stand Your Ground | John Oliver

John Oliver takes a look at why “stand your ground” laws were created, who they protect, and, crucially, who they don’t.

Marissa Alexander Released From Prison, But Still Not Free

Nadia Prupis Common Dreams
Initially facing 20 years in prison under Florida's "10-20-life" rule, Marissa Alexander's case focused national attention on the treatment of domestic abuse survivors by the justice system, particularly women of color, as well as Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Young Activists Occupy Florida Capitol, Demand Justice for Trayvon

Sarah Jaffe In These Times - Web Only Feature
Today, the Dream Defenders--a multiracial, multiethnic group of young people--celebrated the 10th day of occupying Florida's state capitol. They say they're not leaving until Florida takes concrete steps to deal with the bigger issues exposed by Trayvon Martin's shooting. When Gov. Rick Scott met with them and suggested they "pray" about racial profiling, they responded, "Faith without works is dead."

The Acquittal of a Murderer - Protests, Responses from Artists, from Portside Readers

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"Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens," Ella Baker(1964). Responses to trial of George Zimmerman; NAACP petition has over one million signers; "Justice for Trayvon" vigils in 100 cities; Stevie Wonder won't play in Stand Your Ground states; Bruce Springsteen dedicates song to Trayvon; Portside readers responses
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