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Will Zimmerman verdict echo in Florida’s ’14 elections? Activists attempt to make sure it does

by John Kennedy | July 22nd, 2013

Florida’s “stand your ground” law has emerged as a powerful political symbol in the wake of the George Zimmerman case, with Democratic-allied activists looking to carry the issue into next year’s elections as a sign of Republican leadership working to oppress minorities.

Like the 2011 changes made to the state’s voting laws by Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-led Legislature, organizations say the self-defense law mostly threatens poor, black and young Floridians.

Florida groups that used the voting measure as a rallying point to drive supporters of President Barack Obama and state Democratic candidates to the polls last fall are now organizing behind the call for repeal of stand your ground. Republicans are saying the push to change the law is a “misrepresentation” of the legal strategies in Zimmerman’s case.

“For many people, this is an example of just the type of policies Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott are pushing through in this state,” said Elbert Garcia, a spokesman for Florida New Majority, which worked last fall to encourage voting in black, Hispanic and low-income communities identified as less likely to cast ballots.

Florida New Majority is now assisting other veterans of the presidential campaign, such groups as the Miami Workers’ Center and PowerU Center in Miami in organizing activists angered by Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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