In an opinion piece for CNN, the mother of the late Trayvon Martin endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, citing the former secretary of state’s response to gun violence and plan for gun control as her main reasoning. Sybrina Fulton has been an outspoken advocate against gun violence since her 17-year-old African-American son was shot by former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in 2012.
“With so many of our children’s lives on the line or taken, we simply can’t afford to elect a Republican who refuses to even acknowledge the problem of senseless gun violence,” Fulton wrote. “The rising generation of our young people need a President who will stand up to inaction from Republicans and indifference from the NRA. I believe that person is Hillary Clinton.” The two women met in November to discuss criminal justice reform and guns.
“All of us must do more than speak out, protest and march,” urged Fulton. “We must vote!”
Read Sybrina Fulton’s full statement at CNN.