By Alicia M. Cohn - 05/11/12 03:24 PM EDT
In the video, released Friday by the Second Chance on Shoot First
campaign, Sybrina Fulton urges viewers to send Mother's Day cards to
governors nationwide, particularly in the 26 states that have passed
"Stand Your Ground" laws, urging them to "re-examine" the legislation.
In the wake of Martin's death in late February, many Democrats called for a review of the Florida legislation that allowed his killer, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman, to avoid arrest for six weeks following the shooting. Zimmerman argued self-defense and the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida allows the use of force in cases where "reasonable belief" of a threat exists.
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, called for a repeal of the law, and the Congressional Black Caucus introduced a resolution in the House to do so.
Many Republican leaders defended the law, while allowing that injustices existed in the case of Martin. "Stand Your Ground" laws have been signed into law by both Republican and Democratic governors since Florida passed its in 2005.
Zimmerman's arrest for second-degree murder in April did little to calm the outcry. He was released on bail later in the month and will face trial next year.
The Second Chance on Shoot First campaign will continue to work against the now high-profile legislation — which it has re-dubbed "Shoot First" — in the meantime, with support from the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Urban League, the NAACP, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.