Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression. We don’t feel as if Trayvon Martin’s civil and political rights were protected. The way this case is being handled appears to be part of a larger pattern in which the civil and political rights of African Americans are not protected. Because of this, it’s necessary for us to come together and publicly protest, to draw attention to this issue.

Today was a coordinated national protest day. It was called, “National Day of Justice for Trayvon Martin.” Here at The Ohio State University, we held an event on The Oval.

To support the students and activists who are working to make OSU an increasingly welcoming and safe place for all people, there are a number of things you can do. One is you can tweet your support using the hashtag #OSUStandYourGround. To find out other ways, send an email to and let them know you want to help.

Story by, Lauren Michelle Kinsey
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