After the shameful verdict in the George Zimmerman case, which in essence held Trayvon Martin responsible for his own death, it is imperative that all people who believe in racial justice take action and speak out against this miscarriage of justice.

While the prospect of tackling issues of racial injustice can at times seem daunting there are helpful guides to assist you in taking action or even broaching the conversation with friends and acquaintances. One such guide was recently published by the organization Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ).

The Justice For Trayvon Kit offers suggestions for short medium and long-term actions that white people can take to be better allies in the fight for justice. While the Kit largely addresses its self to an American audience there are ways that Canadians can use it as an outline to follow when discussing racism in our own country.