Trayvon Rally
Ibn Akbar from Boston, Mass., right, joins a "Justice for Trayvon -100 City Vigil" Saturday, July 20, 2013, as they demonstrate in front of the federal court in Washington. Friday, just before the scheduled "Justice for Trayvon" vigils and rallies in 100 U.S. cities, President Barack Obama talked to a nation rubbed emotionally raw in the week since the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was acquitted in a Florida courtroom. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton, organizer of the demonstrations, said the fact that Obama weighed in about stand-your-ground laws, the focus of those demonstrations, will help "set a tone for both direct action, and needed dialogue." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Ben Crump, one of the attorneys representing the parents of Trayvon Martin, issued a political call to action.

The op-ed is excerpted below:

As I travel the country, many people tell me they wish they had been on the jury in the criminal trial of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. I tell them that although they did not have a vote in those proceedings, they do have a vote in establishing Trayvon’s legacy.

This vote, your vote, will be historic. It starts when you sign the petition by Trayvon’s family to amend “stand-your-ground” laws in 21 of the 31 states where they are on the books. It continues when you cast your vote in the 2014 midterm elections and each election cycle beyond until we make history by passing a Trayvon Martinamendment to the stand-your-ground laws in every state that has them. These actions will make you part of new voting bloc: The Trayvon Martin voter.

Read the rest at the Washington Post.