NEW MILLENNIUM CHURCH CALLS FOR ECONOMIC BOYCOTT OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA IN THE WAKE OF THE TRAYVON MARTIN KILLING
March 22, 2012, LITTLE ROCK—New Millennium extends our deepest condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by George Zimmerman on February 26 while walking to his father's home. Sanford, Florida police did not disarm Zimmerman. They did not arrest Zimmerman. Local prosecutors have not charged Zimmerman with committing a homicide.
Sanford, Florida is a suburb of Orlando in Seminole County. Orlando is a popular tourist, conference, and vacation destination. But a community that refuses to protect an unarmed teenager from being threatened by an armed vigilante, that refuses to arrest the vigilante who shot the teenager, and that refuses to aggressively investigate and prosecute the vigilante cannot reasonably be called a proper destination for tourists, businesses, and vacationers.
Our congregation joins the voices of people who are dismayed, frustrated, and morally outraged concerning Trayvon's death. We do not accept the conduct of Chief Bill Lee and the Sanford, Florida Police Department and are offended by the behavior of state prosecutors in Florida.
Therefore, we call for an economic boycott of Orlando. We will not support or attend conferences in Orlando. We will not vacation in Orlando. And we urge all other persons and groups who believe in justice to do the same. Orlando, Sanford, and Seminole County do not deserve the patronage of people who believe in justice for crime victims.
Remember Trayvon Martin! Boycott Orlando!
Contact: Rev. Wendell Griffen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Grif Stockley (grifstockley@sbcglobal. net)