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Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida Until 'Stand Your Ground' Law Abolished

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 11:03 AM

After the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Miami teen Trayvon Martin, singer Stevie Wonder has signed, sealed and delivered his own verdict for the state of Florida.

The musical icon says he is boycotting the Sunshine State until its "Stand Your Ground" law, which was cited at Zimmerman's trial, is reversed, The Hollywood Reporter said.

"Until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished, I will never perform there again," he said to cheers.

Florida, however, is not the only state to feel Wonder's wrath.

"As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world," Wonder said Sunday at his performance in Canada's Quebec City.

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As mass protests continue around the country and other musicians pay tribute to Martin, many are calling for renewed awareness of civil rights and justice as they decry the jury's decision to find Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Martin, 17.

Wonder encouraged his own fans to support him in speaking out against what he sees as an injustice.

"The truth is that -- for those of you who've lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world -- we can't bring them back," he said in an emotional video posted on YouTube.



"What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do," Wonder said.

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