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HOME
adverb

16.

to, toward, or at home: to go home.
17.

deep; to the heart: 
“The truth of the accusation
 struck home.”
 
 
 
 

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BELOW IS THE 

GUN

 OWNED
BY THE 29 YEAR OLD

 NEIGHBORHOOD

WATCH

VOLUNTEER

NAMED
GEORGE
 
WHICH 
 
KILLED
THE UNARMED 
17 YEAR OLD BOY
 
NAMED
TRAYVON
 
IN THE EVENING OF
26 FEBRUARY 2012
IN FLORIDA
-AN
AMERICAN CITY
 
 
 
IN THIS AMERICAN STORY OF GUN VIOLENCE,
THE  BOY WAS WEARING BLACK SKIN.
THE  BOY WAS WEARING A HOODIE.
THE BOY WAS WALKING ON A STREET.
THE BOY WAS RETURNING TO A HOME
FROM A CONVENIENCE STORE.
THE BOY WAS CARRYING  HIS PURCHASES:
CANDY + TEA.
 
 

THE BOY NEVER CAME HOME.

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THE CHILD WAS KILLED
IN THIS CASE
BY 
THE

ARMED

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER

ON A RAINY EVENING
IN A CITY, A NEIGHBORHOOD
THE BOY’S FATHER CALLED

HOME.

THE

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER

DID NOT WATCH FOR THE BOY’S SAFETY

IN RETURNING HOME.

HE KILLED THE BOY.

 
 
 
 
 

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IN THIS AMERICAN STORY
OF GUN VIOLENCE,
ONE BULLET
THROUGH
THE
 
 

HEART

KILLED
ONE
YOUTH’S
 LIFE,
STOLE AN AMERICAN LIFE + FUTURE STORY,
 DEVASTATED A FAMILY,
REVEALED WHAT/WHOSE
“STAND YOUR GROUND”
LAWS
PROTECT
AND/OR
ARE FOR
AND
“PROFILED”
THE HORRIFIC/HEARTBREAKING
STORIES
OF
GUN VIOLENCE
AMERICA, HOME, HOME ON THE RANGE
WITHOUT
ROY ROGERS/GENE AUTRY
” THE WILD WEST COWBOYS”
TO THE WORLD.
 
 

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THIS KILLER
WAS
ACQUITTED.
 

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THIS KILLER
HAS HIS
GUN
BACK.
 
 
 
 

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WHEN ARE AMERICANS

 GOING TO
STOP
 
 USING
 GUNS + GUN LAWS
 
TO
OVER POWER 
THEIR
OWN
 INTERNAL

 

FEARS?

 
 

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FEAR/WATCH
 
WATCH/FEAR
 
 
 

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CHILDREN + ADULTS
ARE
DEAR
LIVES
NOT
TARGET PRACTICE.
 
 
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NO MATTER
IF THEY ARE
 YOUR
FEAR:
WEARING
BLACK, BROWN
AND/OR
WHITE 
SKIN.
THEY ARE DEAR.
 
 
 
 
 
RIGHT?
RIGHT?
 

 

 

 

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HOME,HOME
ON THE RANGE….
 
RIGHT?
RIGHT?

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HOME,
HOME
ON
THE
RANGE
WHERE…
AND
 WHERE
CHILDREN
CAN OR CANNOT
PLAY….
AND
ARE OR ARE NOT
A SPORT
FOR SOMEONE’S 
BIAS/FEAR.
 
 
 
 
 
ROY ROGERS + GENE AUTRY  
 
 
 

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I DO NOT WANT VOLUNTEER KILLINGS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
THE GROUND/HOME I STAND ON, WALK ON, PLAY ON, BREATHE UPON.
 
 
 
 

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HOME
adverb

16.

to, toward, or at home: to go home.
17.

deep; to the heart: 
The truth of the accusation
 struck
 home.
 
 

 

 

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 

 
 
THANK YOU TO MICHELE JANSEN,
STATION MANAGER OF KBEM.
 
 

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VERDICT: Zimmerman is Acquitted in KILLING of Trayvon Martin + TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN + Oh say can you see…? THE COMPLEXITY OF SOCIAL/CULTURAL/FAMILIAL/INDIVIDUAL BIASES + D: “ARE YOU FOLLOWING HIM?” GZ: “YEA.” D: OK WE DON’T NEED YOU TO DO THAT” GZ: “OK” + THE HALL OF LAMENT- APRIL 2012 + “Ma’am that scream or yell do you recognize that?” + “HIS HEART WAS STILL WAS BEATING… HE WAS STILL IN PAIN… HE WAS STILL IN SUFFERING” + HUMANITY’S HEART AND BLOOD IS RED

The Whole System Failed

CHARLES BLOW
NYT OP-ED
 
 

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R. I. P.

 TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN

and

all other

AMERICAN

youths + men

who are seen through

the lenses of

FEAR

by what they are wearing:

black skin.

R.I.P. TRAYVON 14 JULY2013; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;

I AM WEARING A BLACK WORDLESS VOICELESS BLANK CARD.

R.I.P. TRAYVON

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SHAME ON FLORIDA.

GUNS + RIGHT TO KILL LAWS + SUN = FUN.

NOT.

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Zimmerman’s Acquittal Reverberates,

Setting Off Protests and Talk of Race

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/us/debate-on-race-and-justice-is-renewed.html?_r=0

 

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VERDICT:

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

ACQUITTED

IN 

THE KILLING

OF

TRAYVON MARTIN

Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin

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FEAR/WATCH

WATCH/FEAR

 

 

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FEAR/ARMED

UNARMED/FEAR

 

 

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WAS 

THE ARMED

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

SCARED

SCARED

SCARED

OF
THE UNARMED
 
TEENAGER,
 
 CARRYING SKITTLES AND TEA,
NAMED
TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN,
 A BOY WEARING
BOTH
 BLACK SKIN AND A BLACK HOODIE,
WHO WAS RETURNING
 
FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD
 CONVENIENCE STORE
 TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AND
HOME
 WHERE
 HE
 WAS
 EXPECTED TO RETURN?
 

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WHAT WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
SCARED SCARED SCARED
OF?
 
 
 

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WHY WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
SO SCARED SCARED SCARED
OF THE BOY HE WAS FOLLOWING
THAT HE COULD NOT
TELL THE BOY
THAT HE WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER?
 

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WHY WAS
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER
SO SCARED SCARED SCARED
OF
THAT HE REFUSED TO FOLLOW
THE 911 DISPATCHER’S
INSTRUCTIONS
TO
NOT
FOLLOW
HIS
FEAR?
 

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Oh, say can you see
 by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed 
at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
 
AMERICA’S STAR SPANGLED BANNER ANTHEM
 

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CAN AMERICANS, WE, THE PEOPLE,

SEE/ACKNOWLEDGE

OUR CONDITIONING + BIASES?

HOW DO WE ORGANIZE OUR PERCEPTIONS

IN COMPLEX SOCIAL/CULTURAL SITUATIONS?

HOW DOES OUR EXPERIENCE + BACKGROUND

SHAPE OUR LENSES?

HOW RIGID ARE OUR OUR BELIEF SYSTEMS?

DO YOU, CAN YOU, BREAK OPEN TO SEE NEW TRUTH?

DO YOU REMAIN STANDING YOUR GROUND, RIGID,

NO MATTER WHAT NEW INFORMATION PREVAILS?

29 JUNE 2013

NEW YORK TIMES: CHARLES BLOW

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/opinion/blow-the-zimmerman-trial.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130629&_r=0

10 July 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/opinion/blow-beyond-the-courtroom.html?_r=0

11 July 2013

What about Martin’s right to ‘stand his ground?’

 

12 July 2013

 

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PODCAST:

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Stand Your Ground:
 Sybrina And Tracy Martin Fight
For Justice For Trayvon
 
26 June 2013

Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law will be tested in the courts this week.

 In this report, Sybrina and Tracy Martin talk about their struggle

 to deal with a life without their son and their fight for justice.

 Travyon Martin was an unarmed teenager who was shot

 by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman,

 on his way back from a grocery store.

 His death sparked outrage in the Black community across the U.S.

 Church leaders, protesters, athletes and celebrities showed their support by wearing hoodies,

 the connotation-laden article of clothing that sealed Travyon’s fate.

 

 Artist Catherine L. Johnson,

whose studio is beside the Mississippi River

in Lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota,

also used 40 loaned hoodies worldwide

in very special way.

 

MINT PRESS’ contributing writer, Jo Erickson,

a BBC investigative reporter/ documentary producer

interviewed the artist, Catherine L. Johnson, on 24 May 2013.

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Please click on the links below.

The links provide actual time, dimension and depth to the audio podcast.
 
 
 

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THE LINK BELOW IS ABOUT MY 911 CALL

UPON SEEING A PERSON THROWN TO THE SIDEWALK

AND

THE PERSON’S  HEAD

BEING REPEATEDLY KICKED.

THE  VISUAL BOARDS IN THE MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATION

HOVER OFF THE WALL, LIKE A SUSPENDED BREATH.

THE AMBIENT LIGHT REVEALS OR VEILS THE WORDS

DEPENDING ON THE POSITION

OF THE VIEWER

AND

THE LIGHT

AS WELL AS

THE SONICS THEY ARE HEARING

AND

WHAT THEY ARE SEEING.

THE PERCEPTION OF THE WORDS ARE LIKE TRIGGERS:

WHAT ONE RECALLS,

REMEMBERS,

SUPPRESSES

OR

WHAT TRUTHS/PERCEPTIONS

PREVAILS

AND/OR

EMERGES.

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SONICS.

 
 

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Catherine Johnson, Artist: Installation named "Hall of lament"

Left, Trayvon Benjamin Martin.

Right, “THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN”,
 a multimedia installation, April 2012, by artist Catherine L. Johnson,
used with permission. 
 

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SHOUT OUT FOR HOODIES
7 APRIL 2012

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30 March 2012

Pamela Espeland for MINNPOST:

In response to the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin

 and the stupidity of Geraldo Rivera,
 
St. Paul artist Catherine L. Johnson has issued a call for hoodies:

white, gray, or black, used and not laundered.

The loaned hoodies will become an installation

in the fourth-floor hallway
of the Northern Warehouse on Prince Street 
during the St. Paul Spring Art Crawl, April 27-29.
 

This has the potential to make a powerful statement. 

FMI: link below

 
 
31 March 2012
Richard Chin for St. Paul Pioneer Press

Lowertown artist wants hoodies for Trayvon Martin exhibit

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THE HALL OF LAMENT PHOTO CREDIT KEITH DEMMINGS; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;

Photo credit: Keith Demmings

FORTY hoodies were loaned worldwide.

The red hoodie signified Trayvon Martin.

Humanity has a heart.

All of us have a heart and blood

circulating oxygen so we can think, call, respond and breathe

the color red is humanity’s universal color.

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Each hoodie was suspended by a wire 109″ from the ground, hovering,

with the cap down and toe tags identifying each loaner.

THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

multi-media installation

was

my

RESPONSE.

It was an elegy.

At that time, my nephew, my brother’s eldest son,

Lake, was the same age as Trayvon-a teenage boy I never met..

I was in London.

I had NOT seen Lake for 8 years.

There is a knock on the door at 1 am.

I was waiting for his return.

I open the door:

there is a tall male figure wearing

a wet

black hoodie

with his head down.

It was raining.

I did NOT know who this man was.

My  initial reaction was confusion and fear.

I waited.

The teenager boy lifted his head.

It was my nephew.

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11 APRIL 2011

“I want to thank God.

We simply wanted an arrest,

we wanted nothing more and nothing less,

and we got it.

And, I say Thank You,”

“Secondly,

I just want to speak

from my heart to your heart

because a heart has no color

—it’s not black, it’s not white,

it’s red 

and

I want to say thank you

from my heart

to you heart.”

SYBRINA FULTON

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 QUESTIONS

TO THE VIEWERS/PARTICIPANTS OF

THE HALL OF LAMENT:

STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATION, APRIL 2013:

IN RESPONSE TO THE POSTED CARD

OF THE IMAGE OF A PERSON

WEARING A HOODIE:

IS THE PERSON A MAN OR WOMAN?
WHAT IS THE RACE OF THE PERSON?
WHAT IS THE AGE OF THE PERSON?
WHAT IS THE PERSON HOLDING IN THEIR POCKET?
 

ANSWER:

ME, THE ARTIST, CATHERINE L. JOHNSON.
 
 

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  THE INSTALLATION ALSO POSTED A MAP
 BETWEEN THE HOODIES
OF WHAT STATES HAVE PASSED

THE STAND YOUR GROUND/CASTLE DOCTRINE

INTO LAW
 

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THE SONICS ON A CONTINUOUS LOOP:
 MAHALIA JACKSON SINGING ” HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW”
ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGING  “I’LL FLY AWAY”
 

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5 JULY 2013

SYBRINA FULTON,
TRAYVON MARTIN’S MOTHER,
TAKES THE STAND
STATE VERSUS ZIMMERMAN
 

Trayvon Martin’s mother,

Sybrina Fulton,

takes the stand during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court,

July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Florida.

Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, was the first to take the stand.

She began by describing her son’s tattoos, including Fulton’s name,

which she said was on his wrist.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda

played her the tape of the 911 call

the night of the fatal altercation

with former neighborhood watch captain

George Zimmerman.

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PROSECUTOR de la Rionda:

“Ma’am that scream or yell, do you recognize that?”

Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin:

“Yes.”

 

When asked who she thought it was,

The mother of Trayvon Martin said,

“Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”

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5 JULY 2013
STATE VERSUS ZIMMERMAN
 
MEDICAL EXAMINER, DR. BAO.
TRAYVON MARTIN WAS NOT KILLED INSTANTLY:

 HIS HEART WAS STILL WAS BEATING…

HE WAS STILL IN PAIN…

HE WAS STILL SUFFERING.

 
 
 

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STATE VERSUS ZIMMERMAN

TBA

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WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED THAT NIGHT?

WHAT DO YOU THINK OCCURRED TO OUR COUNTRY’S

CONSCIOUSNESS, AWARENESS BECAUSE OF THIS TRAGEDY ?

WHAT DID THIS TRAGEDY REVEAL/DISCLOSE/UNVEIL?

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VERDICT:

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

ACQUITTED

IN THE

 THE KILLING

OF

TRAYVON MARTIN.

Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin

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Martin’s parents were not in the court

during the reading of the verdict.

But his father, Tracy Martin, later tweeted that his son

would have been proud of the fight put up for him.

“Even though I am broken hearted

my faith is unshattered,”

he wrote.

“Together can make sure

that this doesn’t happen again.”

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R.I.P. TRAYVON

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R. I. P.

 TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN

and

all other

AMERICAN

youths + men

who are seen through

the lenses of

FEAR

by what they are wearing:

black skin. 

 
 
 

 

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE