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Zimmerman Verdict: Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, Stevie Wonder will boycott Florida, telling an audience in Quebec, Canada:

For those that we have lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. “What) we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.

I know i am not everybody. I am just a human being but for the gift Gos has has given me and what it means, I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.

Twenty-four states have “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow you to use deadly force when when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat.

A fan captured the announcement and posted it to YouTube.

Zimmerman was found not guilty by a 6 -person jury in the shooting shooting death 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Florida’s “Stand Your Gun” law was part of the jury’s discussion. The National Rifle Association was instrumentla in passin the 2005 law.

I have been hearing from friends that they will be boycotting Florida products. (Remember the 1977 Anita Bryant Florida orange juice boycott, where LGBTQ activists and allies?). Is this boycotting Florida strategy for people outraged by the verdict in the Zimmerman case?

Checkout the awesome Stevie Wonder performing “Superstition” live on Sesame Street.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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