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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Karen Bass issues statement on two year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death

February 26, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the two year anniversary of the killing of Trayvon Martin:

“We have not forgotten Trayvon Martin. His life was cut too short, as have the lives of far too many young men of color, and we were horrifically reminded again this year that young men of color face continue to face danger in their own communities after Jordan Davis was shot and killed.

“I join many Americans in being both angered and saddened with a criminal justice system that far too often simply fails African Americans. But instead of lashing out, I am committed to bringing essential change to our nation’s laws—from working with President Obama to remove assault weapons from our streets and introducing legislation to make sure that young people convicted of drug offenses are no longer locked out of receiving financial aid for college to abolishing ‘Stand Your Ground Laws’ that make it far too easy to kill innocent African Americans without punishment.”