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Performer Assaulted For Dedicating A Song To Trayvon Martin

Society & Culture  (tags: Trayvon Martin, African-American, Sanford, Florida, George Zimmerman, second degree, murder, trial, verdict, not guilty, #JusticeForTrayvon, blues festival, Lester Chambers, song dedication )

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Lester Chambers was assaulted on stage at the Russell City Hayward Blues Festival after dedicating his hit, "People Get Ready," to Trayvon Martin.

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Patricia Cannell (789)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:44 am
WTF? I thought there was something called "Freedom of Speech"? Am I mistaken?

Dandelion G. (387)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:51 am
This is the IMPORTANT part.....

Lester is an uninsured musician, and after being rushed to the hospital following his assault, faces mounting medical bills and a challenging recovery. To help contribute to Lester’s medical bills, a tax-deductable donation can easily be given to the Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, that will directly benefit Chambers.

Donations can easily be made online here:, please add ‘Sweet Relief Lester Chambers Fund’ as the dedication.

Donations can also be mailed to the address below, (checks can be made out to ‘Sweet Relief Lester Chambers Fund’):

2601 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 204
Fullerton, CA

Please help if able.


Chambers told the audience if Mayfield were around today, he’d change the lyrics “there’s a train a comin’” to “there’s a change a comin,’” his wife Lola Chambers told a newspaper Sunday. I agree, with the voter rights being tightened and making it harder on top of things like this, most certainly change is comin.


Brian M. (209)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:20 am
So true, Dandelion.

Nancy C. (815)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:27 pm
Thank you Brian and Sheryl Just so sad. Will post in groups on fb...

Brian M. (209)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:32 pm
Thanks, Nancy!

Antonella C. (83)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 8:31 am
...and in New York there is the statue of liberty.... which liberty?????????

Brian M. (209)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 11:50 am
Here in Jim Crow USA, apparently free speech is least until some angry white, jacked up on insanitea, decides to beat you into the dirt. That woman must be proud of much courage or honor does it take to send an elderly man to the hospital?
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