Judge Wendell Griffen, in his role as pastor of New Millennium Church, and author Grif Stockley issued a press release this morning urging people to boycott Orlando, Fla., in protest of the Sanford suburb police department's failure to discipline the
officer watch leader who shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen-ager, on Feb. 26.
Rallies have been held in several cities and another is planned today in Orlando.
Press release on the jump.
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!
• Rev. Wendell Griffen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Grif Stockley (grifstockley@sbcglobal. net)
Wendell L. Griffen
New Millennium Church
6120 W. 32d Street (office)
21 Lakeshore Drive (worship)
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 562-9244 office
(501) 562-9346 fax
(501) 416-1917 mobile
Griffen Strategic Consulting, PLLC
Little Rock, AR
Sixth Judicial District, Fifth Division
400 W. Markham Street, Room 410
Little Rock, AR 72201