Yesterday, we sent an email asking you to sign a petition started by Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP, urging the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman. However, shortly after we sent that email, MoveOn's website was hit by a hostile denial of service attack, apparently in response to our Justice for Trayvon campaigning. The website is back up now, and we urge you to sign this important petition right away. Read more below.
Dear MoveOn member,
On Saturday, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman. But we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.
We're calling on the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman and have launched a petition to Attorney General Eric Holder. The petition says:
The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida's prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.
The most fundamental of civil rights—the right to life—was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.
Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today. Thank you.
–Benjamin Todd Jealous
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