While we know that many celebrities have spoken out in support of the family of Trayvon Martin, even participating in rallies around the country, a new social media campaign has been launched in order to directly benefit the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Its hope is to speak out against violent crimes, and to assist families who’ve been impacted by them. Spearheaded by Jason Lee, founder of the I AM READY Foundation in California, the social media campaign called #ForTrayvon will also stress the importance of peace, as well as justice after the disappointing verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. As an individual who lost his own brother to a violent crime, Lee said in a statement that he wants to see a change:
“I launched my foundation to create programs that would address the issues that seemed to constantly plague my community. After my brother’s murder, ending senseless violence was at the top of the list. As a witness of his murder and a victim of gun violence myself, I understand implicitly the pain that is felt daily by families and communities like Trayvon Martin’s.”
He’s not the only one ready for a change. Teaming up with the #ForTrayvon campaign, famous faces from Jamie Foxx, Meagan Good to Vanessa Bell Calloway, Eva Marcille and Dawn Richard (and a lot more) have all shown their support for the cause, as they’ve all posed in the “I AM PEACE” T-shirt for the campaign, which can be found at FORTRAYVON.org. All proceeds from the shirt will go to both the Trayvon Martin Foundation, as well as the I AM READY Foundation, the latter describing itself as a “for us, by us” organization that empowers youth to unlock their dreams and become educated in the process.”
Check out more shots of these celebs coming together for a great cause on the next page, and check out the site for more information on how to buy the “I AM PEACE” T-shirt, and to get involved.