The Killing of Trayvon Martin

Obama Justice Department: No federal charges to be filed in Trayvon Martin slaying

By Thomas Gaist, 27 February 2015

Three years after the killing of the unarmed teen in Florida, the US government announced it would not press civil rights charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.

Obama, race and class

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2013

President Obama’s remarks Friday on the Trayvon Martin shooting were aimed at diverting public attention from the vital issues of poverty and social inequality by promoting racial politics.

Organizers of Trayvon Martin rallies promote Democratic Party

By our reporters, 22 July 2013

There is popular anger over the acquittal of Zimmerman, seen as a travesty of justice. Sections of the Democratic Party, however, have sought to exploit the tragic case for their own ends.

After the Zimmerman verdict

Build a united struggle of workers and youth to defend social, democratic rights

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

20 July 2013

This statement is being distributed at demonstrations being held today in cities throughout the US.

More than a dozen arrests after protests over Zimmerman acquittal

By Gabriel Black, 17 July 2013

Protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayon Martin flared throughout the US over the weekend and have continued into this week.

Race and class in America

By Barry Grey, 16 July 2013

The focus of the response of the media, the political establishment and the various middle-class pseudo-left groups to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer has been to frame the case in exclusively racial terms.

Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, acquitted of all charges

By Barry Grey, 15 July 2013

The acquittal of George Zimmerman is the reactionary culmination of a process that has from the start been a travesty of justice.

Trial of killer of Trayvon Martin nears conclusion

By John Burton, 11 July 2013

Defendant Zimmerman’s own words expose the implausibility of his self-defense claim.

Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin: The historical issues

By Fred Mazelis, 27 April 2012

In the two months since the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin there have been numerous attempts to equate his killing to the lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

Bail for George Zimmerman, charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, set at $150,000

By Kate Randall, 21 April 2012

Bail for George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was set at $150,000 on Friday.

A reply to the ISO’s Sherry Wolf on racial politics and the killing of Trayvon Martin

By Joseph Kishore, 19 April 2012

The recent World Socialist Web Site article, “The killing of Trayvon Martin and racial politics in America,” provoked a response from the International Socialist Organization’s Sherry Wolf.

Prosecution outlines case against Zimmerman in killing of Trayvon Martin

By Kate Randall, 14 April 2012

An affidavit filed Thursday outlines the prosecution’s second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman.

Prosecutor files charges in killing of Trayvon Martin

By our reporter, 12 April 2012

The prosecutor investigating the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida announced Wednesday that the state would file charges of second degree murder against George Zimmerman, Martin’s killer.

Prosecutor waives grand jury as defense team quits in Trayvon Martin case

By James Brewer, 11 April 2012

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey has indicated that an announcement in relation to the killing of Trayvon Martin is coming soon.

The killing of Trayvon Martin and racial politics in America

By Joseph Kishore, 5 April 2012

Over the past several weeks there has been a concerted effort by sections of the Democratic Party political establishment and its supporters to seize on the killing of Martin as an opportunity to promote the reactionary politics of race.

New evidence against shooter in death of Trayvon Martin

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2012

Newly released audio and video recordings have strengthened the case against the neighborhood watch vigilante who shot to death Trayvon Martin, further exposing the refusal of local and state officials in Florida to take any action against the killer.

Video: Florida workers and students speak on killing of Trayvon Martin

By Andre Damon and C. W. Rogers, 31 March 2012

In this video, the WSWS speaks to workers and young people at the March 26 rally in Sanford, Florida, against the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The killing of Trayvon Martin and the social crisis in the US

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for president

By Jerry White, 31 March 2012

The killing of Trayvon Martin was a horrific crime that has provoked anger and protests throughout the country and internationally. A 17-year-old young man was shot in cold blood, and his killer has not been arrested or charged of any crime.

More troubling facts emerge in the Trayvon Martin shooting

By James Brewer, 29 March 2012

While Florida authorities have dragged their feet in pursuing an investigation, a local newspaper has published leaks aimed at smearing Trayvon Martin.

Parents of Trayvon Martin speak to the WSWS

By Andre Damon and C.W. Rogers, 29 March 2012

In this video, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, speak about their son's death and legacy.

Democrats seek to channel mass anger over killing of Trayvon Martin

By James Brewer, 28 March 2012

Democratic politicians are intervening in the mass outrage over the Trayvon Martin killing, both in a Washington forum and at demonstrations across the country, to divert popular anger into safe political channels.

Thousands march to demand arrest of Trayvon Martin killer

By Andre Damon and C.W. Rogers in Sanford Florida, 27 March 2012

Thousands of people took part Monday in a protest in Sanford, Florida, to demand the arrest of George Zimmerman, the killer of South Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The killing of Trayvon Martin

By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2012

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a consequence of the dominance of political reaction in the United States for more than 30 years.

Florida shooting focuses attention on “Stand Your Ground” laws

By Kate Randall, 23 March 2012

The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has focused attention on so-called Stand Your Ground laws that have been adopted in numerous US states.

Federal authorities to investigate Florida shooting death of black teenager

By Kate Randall, 21 March 2012

The shooting death in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked a national outcry demanding that the man who shot the unarmed black youth be charged.