Two "Project Hoodie" forums will be held in Tucson next week.
• "Project Hoodie: Justice for Trayvon Martin", hosted by the Tucson Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce, Tucson Chapter of the NAACP and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance is set for Monday.
• "Project Hoodie: A Tucson Conversation on Race", sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP and hosted by Pima Community College is scheduled for Thursday.
Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed in February in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer who followed the unarmed teen while speaking with a police dispatcher. Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time.
Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge.
The case became high-profile because of the circumstances surrounding the death of Martin, who was black, the initial decision not to charge Zimmerman and Florida's stand-your-ground law, which allows the use of deadly force in self-defense without an obligation to retreat first.
Arizona adopted a stand-your-ground law in 2010.
The forums are intended for parents and their children who are ages 13 and older, organizers said.
Invited to participate on the panel Monday were representatives of Pima County Sheriff's Department and the following police departments: Tucson, University of Arizona, South Tucson and Oro Valley. A representative of the Citizen Police Advisory Review Board also was asked to serve on the panel.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva is scheduled to make opening remarks at Thursday's event, which will be moderated by Maria Moore, program director of African-American Student Affairs at the University of Arizona.
If you go
"Project Hoodie" forums in Tucson next week.
• When: 6 p.m. Monday
• Where: Palo Verde High Magnet School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega
• When: 9 a.m. Thursday
• Where: Amethyst Room, Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave.
Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at email@example.com or 573-4104.