By signing the new law, the Republican governor replaced one of the best voting laws in the country with one that is arguably now the worst.
On August 5, 48 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, announcing, "This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless."
Oakland youth took leadership of the event, spotlighting the effects of the shooting and verdict. They took turns to speak movingly of their reactions to hearing of the death of Martin.
"If anything good is to come, this is the time to build a movement," said national NAACP spokesman Eric Wingerter this weekend as his organization gathered for its national convention.
Over 4,000 North Carolinians came together during the first day of the workweek to protest and participate in acts of civil disobedience.
This week, immigration reform advocates face some of their biggest hurdles ever.
Six years ago, Evelyn Rivera saw her mother hauled away to jail and deported before her very eyes. This week, she marched on Washington to get her mother back.
What is clear is that the immigrant rights movement is facing the fight of its life.
Mayor Bloomberg tried to defend his position supporting the NYPD's massive stop-and-frisk program directed against minority youth.
"We all come from somewhere else. Immigrants are a part of the fabric of America."