Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black
teen who was gunned down by racist coward George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012,
is running for office in Miami-Dade county.
Fulton confirmed Saturday that she’ll be putting her name in
for a chance at a spot on the County Commission.
“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our
communities and make them safer,” she told The
Miami Herald. “But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will
run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”
“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,” she continued. “I am ready to take on these issues and many
others in county government.”
Fulton will be running against the Miami-Dade Mayor
Carlos Gimenez for the seat, which is being vacated by Commissioner Barbara
Jordan in 2020.
Fulton came into national prominence shortly after the death
of her son in February 2012, and quickly became a fierce voice against racism,
and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law that allowed her son’s murderer to walk
away free. Her 17-year-old’s death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement
and furthered the ongoing national discussion on structural racism, inherent biases,
and violence towards black people. She has since appeared on numerous network
TV shows speaking out for civil rights, campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016,
co-written a book, and helped form the Trayvon Martin
Foundation. The Foundation has launched initiatives to “empower families
and communities through violence prevention, mental health access and
awareness, and educating the community’s children,” the foundation says, and is
a standing testament to her son’s legacy.
You can watch an excerpt of one of Ms. Fulton’s moving speeches below: