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Eddie Levert joins Stevie Wonder in Florida boycott

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Jul 24, 2013 | 5:56pm EDT

Soul veteran Eddie Levert is standing united with Stevie Wonder by vowing to boycott Florida until a controversial self-defence law is overturned following the controversial acquittal in the Trayvon Martin murder case. The Superstition icon declared he would no longer book shows in the area, and 22 other states which carry similar laws, earlier this month (Jul13) after neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges relating to the teen's death last year (12). Zimmerman claimed he shot the unarmed 17 year old in self-defence as part of Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which permits locals to take appropriate action if they believe their safety is under threat. Gospel sisters Mary Mary announced last week (ends19Jul13) that they were following Wonder's lead in boycotting Florida for the foreseeable future, and now Levert has thrown his support behind the campaign too. In a recent Twitter.com post, he writes, "Well!!!!! I'm going to join MR STEVIE WONDER IN HIS BOYCOTT OF FLORIDA I EDDIE LEVERT WILL NOT PLAY FLORIDA UNTIL THEY CHANGE THIER (sic) GUN LAWS". Zimmerman's acquittal has sparked mass protests across America, with a number of stars including Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus all speaking out against the verdict.

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