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Tanisha Price-Johnson participates in the vigil with her nephew, Savion Bullock.

Saturday morning, about 100 people gathered in El Presidio Park for a day of action in honor of Trayvon Martin. The event, organized by the UA Black Student Union, was one of hundreds of vigils planned to take place throughout the nation. "We don’t want it to stop here. A lot of times we see people get enraged and angry about things like this and then it just sort of dies down," one attendee said. Read more» 2

Sen. John McCain called on lawmakers across the country, including in Arizona, to review the Stand Your Ground law that allowed George Zimmerman to walk free in the days after he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and conceded that the country still has “a long way to go” towards achieving full equality for African Americans. Read more»

Former GOP candidate Jesse Kelly, a two-time loser in Arizona House races, weighed in on the George Zimmerman trial Friday, contrasting protests over the verdict with the lack of uproar over an absent fast-food sandwich. "Misplaced rage: Thousands of people protesting ... and not ONE ... demanding the return of McDonald's McRib," he wrote. Read more» 1

After Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida, demonstrations nationwide drew thousands of people, including to this one in New York City’s Union Square.

Before the mass shootings in a Connecticut school, a Colorado theater, and a Wisconsin Sikh temple, a shot from Sanford, Fla., was heard around the world. One year ago, a neighborhood watch volunteer took the life of an unarmed teenager, inciting international outrage and causing President Obama to reflect on how the teen could have been his own son. Read more»

A recent Tampa Bay Times investigation identified nearly 200 instances since 2005 where the state's Stand Your Ground law has played a factor in prosecutors' decisions, jury acquittals or a judge's call to throw out the charges. Read more»

Marissa Alexander, 31, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday for firing one shot in the direction of her abusive husband in a 2010 dispute.

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which has been used to defend George Zimmerman's murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, failed as a defense strategy in two separate court cases. Read more»

A woman holds a sign during a protest against ALEC, the NRA and 'Stand Your Ground' laws outside ALEC headquarters in Washington, D.C. on March 29.

The American Legislative Exchange Council — facing pressure for backing voter ID and ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws — has announced it is eliminating the task force that deals with such issues. Read more»

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum reaches a climax, George Zimmerman sleeps behind bars, and we hear Ann Romney is some sort of saint. It's been a big week in politics. Here's the roundup. Read more»

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, led the effort to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court opposing Arizona’s SB 1070. The brief was signed by 68 House Democrats.

House Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, on Tuesday filed a challenge to Arizona’s SB 1070, the immigration law to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month. Read more» 2

People gathered in New York's Union Square on Wednesday to protest the February shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

The National Rifle Association used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to push stand-your-ground laws through state legislatures. Read more»

A demonstration in Sanford, Flor., on Monday.

“Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First," “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Arizona is among the many states with a similar statute. Read more»

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is so bad you have to wonder whether it was written accidentally by idiots or on purpose by morons. Read more»