Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and especially to Gladys Zimmerman. I’ve always felt she is the forgotten Mom in this case because her son lived through the events of February 26, 2012. Gladys, I want you to know that you are not forgotten and I think about you and the ordeal you and your family are going through daily. Due to an abundance of politics , and the lack of ethics and honesty in the justice system in Florida, I stand with you and your family in fighting the injustice we are witnessing.
It is clear to me, after reading through the State’s discovery, you have raised your children to be socially aware. George rented his townhouse. He wasn’t an owner, yet took action to try to stop the crime all residents were being subjected to. The community had to call police 411 times from January 1, 2011 to February 26, 2012. George’s mentoring of minority children and his fight for justice for Sherman Ware leave no doubt that you raised him well. I read in the discovery, that George volunteered to recruit block captains but seemed to be having a hard-time getting owners of the townhouses to get involved. One block captain admitted he quit in December of 2012 but didn’t tell anyone and the other block captain admitted she was suppose to introduce herself to the neighbors and advise about the Neighborhood Watch Program but she hadn’t done it. Other neighbors said they met George as he stood on corners trying to find more people to volunteer to be block captains. Here you have George, a renter, bringing the program to the community and spending endless effort in trying to get the owners to get involved and participate.
What does George get for his efforts? He gets the State of Florida vs. George Michael Zimmerman. Boricuafudd wrote a great blog piece, Are We Living In an Urban Jungle? and as we hear the parents in Cleveland encourage people to look out for neighbors and answer your door to police and answer their questions, we witness a vilifying of George for doing that exact same thing.
Mrs. Zimmerman you have raised very good children. Robert Zimmerman Jr. is a terrific spokesperson for your family. He has talent and I hope that this tragedy results in his getting a louder voice. Robert carries a great message on race and race relations. While George’s sister has been less visible, I got a sense of how much she cares about her brother in listening to the jail house calls. You have raised some terrific kids Mrs. Zimmerman. May you be comforted in knowing that and may the justice system that you and your husband gave time and effort to in another State be realized by the Zimmerman family in the State of Florida. God Bless you Mrs. Zimmerman.
I am aware that some of our participants here are watching their Mothers deal with a serious health crisis. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. For those who no longer have their mothers with them, I remind you to make sure you live in such a way that makes your Mom proud. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one the chain will link again. —Ron Tranmer
I am not a mother. I knew at a young age I didn’t want children. I do however respect and admire the women who take on the selfless role to raise children. I am fortunate to have my Mom with me. She too is going through a health crisis and today she’s with us and I plan on spending a great deal of time with her. She is my hero. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms; here and gone. ♥