While George Zimmerman was being acquitted on all charges in a Florida courtroom, dozens of young black activists were meeting in Chicago. The convening was hosted by the Black Youth Project, a group dedicated to research and action to increase the political power of today's young black leaders. Known as the "Beyond November Movement", their voices are especially important in this moment, when the value of black life has once again seriously been put into question by America's judicial system.

Read their statement after the jump.