July 24, 2013

Suwannee NAACP to host town hall on stand your ground law

July 24, 2013 Submitted Suwannee Democrat

Live Oak — The Suwannee County Branch of the NAACP will host a town hall meeting and fish fry on Friday, July 26, from 5 p.m. until. The meeting will be at the Triumph Church Fellowship Hall located at 410 Taylor Ave. in Live Oak. The purpose of the meeting is to bring the community up to speed concerning local, state and national issues, especially the issue of the stand your ground law in the wake of the verdict concerning the death of Trayvon Martin.

Third Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister and Third Circuit Public Defender Blair Payne will be on hand, as well as Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ron Colvin and Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams. Local law enforcement officials will speak about local gang activity.

All members and the general public are invited to attend.

Representatives from the local branch of the NAACP attended a rally at the state Capitol in Tallahassee on Friday, July 19. The rally was in support of The Dream Defenders, an organization of youth who are camped out at the Capitol  asking for a special session concerning the stand your ground law.

Adora Obi Nweze, the president of the Florida Conference of NAACP branches, was keynote speaker. She spoke about the importance of peaceful protest, constant agitation and supporting the youth sitting in at the Capitol. She also said it was very important to educate the community concerning the law.

Hot fish and grits will be served.

If you have any questions, please contact Alonzo Philmore, first vice-president, Suwannee NAACP, at 386-205-9132.



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