California, March 31, 2012 - In response to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL, the 12th District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., sends its deepest and most sincere condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin.
In honor of his life and imbued with the desire to end this cycle of profiling and violence, the District's leadership will convene a forum at its May District meeting to discuss the tragedy that felled the young high school student.
The 12th District calls our Brotherhood to action. Representing over 1000 brothers and 40 Chapters in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, we stand ready to utilize all necessary resources to change the direction of violence, racism and social injustice in our communities.
"We are deeply troubled by what has been reported to have abruptly ended the life of this young man. We support all efforts to get to the truth of this matter and fully expect justice to prevail," said Sedrick Spencer, 12th District Representative of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
"Life is precious and delicate; we are confident that truth will overcome all attempts to distort this reality," he said. As part of this initiative, we offer our resources and network to any organizations responsibly working to end violence in our communities.
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., was founded in 1911 at Howard University. It has a long history and tradition of providing leadership in social, civic and economic issues that relate to strengthening the African American family.
It is determined to continue its many mentoring programs directed to the youth as well as supporting and being strong advocates for the President's Fatherhood Initiative, which seeks to impress upon fathers the necessity of providing guidance and direction to their children.
The brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 12th District, hope that this tragedy can expose the necessity that this nation and all responsible individuals, educational institutions, places of worship, organizations and governments must commit to stopping the violence in our communities.