And in Florida, Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, is running for the seat of Miami-Dade County commissioner. Fulton turned to activism after her son’s murder in 2012, when the unarmed African-American teenager was shot and killed by neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman, sparking nationwide protests. In addition to tackling gun violence, her platform also focuses on economic development and affordable housing. This is Sybrina Fulton speaking in her campaign video.
Sybrina Fulton: “I didn’t want to be the voice for Trayvon after he died, but I decided I have no choice. Now I’m called to act and called to serve. It became clear to me there is an opportunity to turn our family’s tragedy into something positive for many other families. It took my son being shot down in order for me to stand up, but I’m standing now.”