Rallies, 'scream-outs' planned coast to coast in support of Trayvon Martin
Residents rally and chant during a Million Hoodies March on March 21 in New York City.
March 26th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Rallies, 'scream-outs' planned coast to coast in support of Trayvon Martin

A month ago Monday, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen, died at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer, stirring outrage and protests nationwide.

The African-American teen was fatally shot on February 26 as he walked to his father's fiancée's house in Sanford after a trip to a convenience store. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self defense, and he has not been charged.

The 17-year-old's death fueled calls for justice nationwide that continue to grow daily. On Monday rallies are planned from coast to coast to pay tribute to Martin or bring attention to the issue. Below is a list of some of the largest planned rallies.

iReport: Why you marched for Trayvon

12:00 p.m. ET: Eatonville Townhall

Location: Eatonville, Florida

Roland Martin will be hosting a town hall put on by the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, in conjunction with the family and representatives of Trayvon Martin.

The forum is being held prior to the National March for Justice on March 26. The event begins at noon at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville, Florida. Members of Trayvon Martin's family as well as their attorneys will be present along with state Representative Dwayne L. Taylor (D-Daytona Beach), NAACP Florida President Adora Obi Nweze, and Jerry Girley, president of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association.

12:30 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m.:  Remembering Our Lost at Carnegie Mellon University 

Location: Academic Mall at Carnegie Mellon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Details: A "Rally for Justice" that will be held at the Academic Mall, the main lawn on campus, to seek justice for Trayvon and all others who have been racially profiled or stereotyped, according to the student group organizing the rally.

"Please join the Black Graduate Student Organization at Carnegie Mellon University as we rally for justice and remembrance of Trayvon Martin," a note on the group's Facebook page says. "This event is open to the public and all university students in Pittsburgh. We seek justice, not only for his family and friends, but in honor of all racially profiled, stereotyped, and unjustly convicted citizens of this country, whose voices have long been suppressed and whose lives are often subject to overt discrimination and criminalization in a biased justice system. We are Trayvon."

3:00 p.m. ET: "Emergency Scream-out"

Location: Hall of Justice; 850 Bryant Street; San Francisco, California

The is touted as a "scream-out" because the organizers say at this point speaking out is not enough.

"This event is in solidarity with families and advocates in Florida who will be holding a rally for Trayvon Martin on the same day," according to a Facebook event page created by POOR Magazine and the Prensa POBRE & Idriss Stelly Foundation, which are sponsoring the event.

The rally will take place at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco.

4:00 p.m. ET:  Black Solidarity Rally

Location: U.S. Department of Justice; 1425 New York Ave. NW; Washington, D.C.

"Stand in Solidarity with forces around the country & let your voice be heard," organizers said. "Come out and put pressure on the U.S Dept. of Justice to prosecute George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin."

4:00p.m. ET: Texas Southern University rally

Location: Student Center at Texas Southern University; Houston, Texas

A rally at the school will be held to draw attention to Martin's case.

TSU student G. Christopher Cutkelvin told CNN affiliate KTRK that the outrage around campus surrounds wanting to know the truth.

"You know it's the pursuit of justice," Cutkelvin said. "It's not about color, it's not about race. It's the simple fact that, you know a situation happened, and the truth hasn't been told."

5:00 p.m. ET: Sanford, Florida town hall meeting

Location: Fort Mellon Park; Sanford, Florida

The City of Sanford is asking for civility and calm during the City Commission/Town Hall Meeting for Trayvon Martin. Martin's family will address those assembled during the meeting.

5:30 p.m. ET: "I am Trayvon Martin" March

Location: State of Georgia Capitol Building;  206 Washington Street; Atlanta, Georgia

A large crowd is expected to head to Georgia's state capitol for an "I am Trayvon Martin" march where student activists from several colleges as well as civil rights leader will focus on the need to take a long look at Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

"In Atlanta, birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, cradle of the American civil rights movement and home of the largest concentration of historically black colleges in the country, the tragedy of the 17-year-old Sanford, FL black male has struck a strong chord," a press release for the event said.

The event is expected to be attended by "Atlanta residents, student activists from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Georgia State University, and other local schools; along with various celebrities, public officials, clergy and members of the local NAACP, National Action Network, Black Law Students' Association, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta, the Occupy movement, and other local, regional and state-wide organizations," according to the release.

4:30 p.m. ET: Trayvon Martin march

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana residents are planning a march that will begin at Crispus Attucks High School and continue throughout the city.

5:30p.m. ET:  Justice for Trayvon Martin March

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the All Peoples Congress will be hosting a march as well as a "Speak Out" and vigil in Martin's honor. The group will march towards the Baltimore police headquarters and end with a vigil and rally.

"March participants are encouraged to wear hoods in solidarity with Trayvon Martin to take a stand against racial profiling," a press release for the event states.

6:30 p.m. ET: Trayvon Martin candlelight vigil

Location: Love Park; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Organizers of this event are asking residents to "stand in solidarity" with Martin's family and demand justice in the case. They will be having a vigil for Martin and hosting an open mic event.

6:30 p.m. ET:  Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin

Location: Fountain Stage in the Iowa City Ped Mall; Iowa City, Iowa

A rally is planned to show support for Trayvon Martin and will include a moment of silence, as well as those speaking out on their feelings and sharing their own experiences.

"A black person in a hoodie isn't automatically 'suspicious,'" leaders of the event say. "Let's put an end to racial profiling! Trayvon was walking home from buying Skittles at the local store, so we encourage you to bring some Skittles with you as well!"

7:00 p.m. ET: Justice & Peace Rally

Location: Hart Plaza; Detroit, Michigan

Those organizing the "Justice & Peace" include a coalition of Detroit's Civil Rights, labor, clergy and community leaders.

The leaders say they are "rallying for justice in what they call the racially charged murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida."

soundoff (341 Responses)
  1. Leonard Washington

    This should have been taken care of by the police department, not a one man "John Wayne" type person.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Taran

    The thug wannabe should have picked someone unarmed to attack. He got what he deserved. Now someone needs to do something about all those "black panthers" thugs.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      You said the thug wannabe got what he deserved? I will like to ask you the same question I asked the previous person. Can you please share with the country your video footage of what actually happened the night of the shooting? So Zimmerman said the kid punched him but did he say what he said or did to the kid to illicit the kid's response? So I guess every time an unarmed black person in America gets murdered, its their fault? And I guess the young black male who got ran over by those white supremacist thugs in Mississippi a year ago cause his death too?

      March 27, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. brian in dc

    How do all these people have time to rally during what would normally be working hours? Do they even work or are they living off of the backs of the people that do?

    March 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      No, these people aren't rallying off the backs of people who work. The democracy that we all enjoyed today was established simply because ordinary Americans like these people took time out from work to rally for racial justice and equality. particularly for the rights of African-Americans and other minorities and women to have the right to vote, to get equal pay and to be able to ride on the same bus and drink from the same water fountain! Its the kinds of civil justice African-Americans earned after enslaving for four-hundred years helping to build the American south! So to answer your question, no these people aren't rallying off the backs of people like you but doing so on their own free time.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. VVVVVVVVVV

    Everyone says Zimmerman continued to pursue after told not to by the dispatcher. Zimmerman said "OK" after that. Where is the information coming from that he continued to pursue after that? The media has been pumping out so much false information, I'm starting to wonder if I was tricked into thinking he continued pursuing.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      Where's the information coming from that Zimmerman persued the kid? Perhaps you didn't read the police transcript released several days ago. That transcript recorded a conversation Martin was having with his girlfriend on his cell phone up to the monent he was shot. And in that transcript, the kid was heard asking Zimmerman "why are you following me." And that was the kid's last words and no verbal response from Zimmerman attempting to asnwer the kid's question to defuse any misunderstanding. Furthermore, the transcript has nothing to support Zimmerman's responding to answer the kid's question simply because it appears that after Zimmerman perhaps shove the kid, his air peace fell out! let's face it, Zimmerman was the stalker and the persuer so how is it self defense?

      March 27, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. VVVVVVVVVV

    Still waiting for any evidence showing Zimmerman continued to pursue Martin after he was told to stop! Don't look like it exists.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      I just posted the answer to your question above!

      March 27, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      And by the way, if Zimmerman didn't follow and confront the kid, then how was he allegedly punched by the kid? Or are you that ignorant and stupid?

      March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. WHAT?

    go home,he's dead.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. I can see Russian tanker from my house

    why don't you go back to Fox News – Unfair and Unbalanced?

    March 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. mike58

    Dont start a fight with a man with a gun

    March 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    The object of these rallies is to repeal laws that allow citizens to legally defend themselves against robbers, home invaders, copper thieves, carjackers, etc. In other words, we are to be rendered defenseless victims of criminal thuggery. What an age we live in!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @mike: if i killed someone in self defense, i would be eager to prove it in court, just to get it over with. never in my wildest dreams would i expect no trial.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Renata

    The mainstream media are filthy, rotten liars and murderers. Why would the public believe anything you say, CNN? You are trying to turn this into a race war. It is obvious what you are doing. TM was banging Zimmerman's head against concrete, it is a wonder he is not a drooling vegetable. He shot TM in self-defense, case closed. Sorry, but this country does not exist to coddle and glorify black people.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      I asked two persons earlier and I'll ask you too. Can you please provide the country with your videotape footage of Trayvon banging Zimmerman's head to the ground? Perhaps you people are missing the real point and the real point is not just the shooting itself but the fact that the police refused to do an investigation and subsequently closed the case after rendering Zimmerman's shooting a proven selfe defense case. So how can the police prove it was indeed self defense if they didn't do an investigation? let's face it, the racism charge is not just against Zimmerman but also against the police who refused to do an investigation. Is an investigation too much to ask for? After all, law enforcement is the job and responsibility of the police and that also involves investigation crimes and finding closure. But unfortunately this racist precinct refused to do its job. An what if the victim was white and the shooter was black? Do you believe for one minute that the police would have come out and said ok case close, no investigation because the shooter said it was selfe defense? I doubt it!

      March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Get the facts straight

    Trayvon's past has nothing to do with the facts of this case! However, as for those black thugs who killed the white person in MS, they all should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Any crime is bad regardless of what the victim looks like. But as I stated before, all the outrage over this case escalated simply because the FL authorities refused to do an investigation and accepted Zimmerman's claim of selfe defense and subsequently closed the case. Was it too much for the authorities to do an investigation without publicly stating that the case was closed because it was selfe defense? let's face it, FL authorities blew it!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. hamon

    i want to know what the police are going to do with the bounty that the black panthers put on his head. Oh wait nothing........ if it was the KKK then it would be a different story. Zimmerman is already done fore even if (and will be) found not guilty. He will have to look over his shoulder the rest of his life because of stupid media coverage like this. None of the facts about Martin have been talked about and the fact that eye witnesses says they say a hooded person on top of Zimmerman and he had a busted face. No news coverage of the islamic woman getting beaten to death with a note next to her dead body saying go back to your own country, but yet since this kid (or thug, judging by his pictures) is black, it becomes national news. BTW arent we all one race? Isnt it called the human race?

    March 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      Zimmerman would have to look over his shoulder for the rest of his life? At least he has a life but unfortunately the coward has taken an innocent life.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. hamon

    But there were a string of assaults and robberies in a closed/gated community and a hooded figure walking around staring out houses. I would confront him too. If Trayvon Martin did fire a gun at Zimmerman and killed him, then it would just be the same typical news story you see on the news about a black man shooting some one. Oh and the news would say that Zimmerman was hispanic, not white.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Quizu

    When the 911 operator said stand down....according to zimmermans side of the story...he stood down and started walking away. Trayvon confronted him and said"do you have a problem". Z said "no" then trayvon attacked him and went for his gun. He punched z and beat him up. Z had grass stains on the back of his shirt and it was wet....there is an eye witness to t being on top of z and z was the one calling for help.......get the other side of the story...and get the facts straight. Treyvon was on a ten day suspension and was not the little angel the media first portrayed him to be......he was a teen with behavioral problems....and was far from his school in Miami where he should have been. There are hundreds killed daily and no one gives a darn....this entire story is for ratings....period.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Quizu

    Zimmermans friends say he is far from racist and he and his wife tutor low income black kids on the weekends....
    It amazes me how many people jump to hang Zimmerman when the deceased was the problem. He should not have attacked z....he should have just kept walking to his fathers fiancées house.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      i guess a trial to get all the facts is too much to ask? a person was killed. if george is innocent, he has nothing to fear. even though, or especially because, trayvon was killed, he deserves his day in court

      March 27, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
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