Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sybrina Fulton: Mother of Trayvon Martin is Running for Office in Florida

Sybrina Fulton, right, and Tracy Martin, parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, arrive in Seminole circuit court for the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford, Fla., Monday, June 17, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
Sybrina Fulton, right, and Tracy Martin, parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, arrive in Seminole circuit court for the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford, Fla., Monday, June 17, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

*Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin says she is running for Miami-Dade County Commissioner, CBS Miami reports.

Trayvon was gunned down at age 17 by then-neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was subsequently acquitted. The case sparked nationwide protests and led to the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Since her son’s murder, Fulton has advocated to make South Florida communities safer. She co-founded the Miami Gardens-based Trayvon Martin Foundation in the district she’ll represent should she be elected to the Miami-Dade County Commission. Fulton will face off against Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert in the election, according to the Miami Herald.

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Thank You @blackthought for your powerful original composition ? #RestInPower, a tribute to the life and legacy of #TrayvonMartin and the title track of the docu-series that premieres July 30th on @paramountnet and @BET #Trayvon17 pic.twitter.com/RmBEgmNiD5

— Sybrina Fulton (@SybrinaFulton) July 20, 2018

“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer,” Fulton told the newspaper. “But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”

The Trayvon Martin Foundation aims to “emotional and financial support to families who have lost children to gun violence,” according to its website.

Fulton addressed her family’s tragedy and the aftermath of Trayvon’s death in a book she co-authored with her son’s father, Tracy Martin, titled “Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.”

“Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade, and have access to good paying jobs,” Fulton told the Miami Herald. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”

Some of the other issues she wants to take on include affordable living and wages.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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