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. BOMBO ©

    I don't think the Pope would be wlking home with a bag of Skittles and a Slurpee. Maybe a latte and a box of Toblerone.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john

    But if we scream, cry and jump up and down like spoiled children we may get our way.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Only if you're black!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Whatever needs to be done to get justice...and yes, I'm white. Zimmerman is very lucky he did not SHOOT MY KID!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I hope that those attending scream-out rallies realize that changing Florida's SYG law, should that be accomplished, will not affect the law's existence at the time of Martin's death.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      The SYG law doesn't apply, anyway. He wasn't protecting his own person, or property on his ground.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WDinDallas

    and in the mean time, 30 black men have died in Chicago from gunshots over the past two weeks.

    This is a Red Herring....how is the economy doing?

    March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      But the black people say: "It's cute when we do it!"

      March 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Economy sucks...like the prez.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john

    Try walking into court with your hoodie on.. see if you are not asked to remove it. Now if 90% of the people who try it are black is that racist?

    March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      In Florida, 90% of the people in court are black! Is THAT racist?

      March 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      What does that have to do with anything?? OUTSIDE IS NOT COURT! That was sooo stupid!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rani

    I want Justice for Trayvon!!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      One more exclamation point and you may get it.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    They might actually file charges, because of the public pressure, just as they did with Goetz. But I suspect the prosecuters know that they have an unwinnable case here.

    So, they quiet the public outcry by filing charges, they go to trial after a year or two, and ultimately Zimmerman is found not guilty and the outcry begins again. Other than the handgun charge, Goetz beat all charges. Zimmerman won't even be found guilty of a handgun charge, as the law stands now.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    The police should stop patrolling black neiborhoods for fear of being stopped randed racist, or worse. If t hey are forced to shoot a suspect.

    NO JUSTICE....NO POLICE

    March 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      Then the complaint is: the police are doing nothing to protect us.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      I was NOT aware we were talking about the police patrolling – I thought the subject was or is ZIMMERMAN WHO IS NOT THE POLICE! Although, the police THERE is quite questionable, right now.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DRinCHGO

    Red herring, yourself, WD.......how many have died in SCLA, NO, etc, etc........do notmake thiskid'd death about your hatred for our POTUS.....just stop. Plus, not to try and roust you from you fishy tale, but most of those crimes are black-on_blackcrime...all death is bad....but you are trying to make thhis a ead herring yourself.......!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kali

    @john
    You can't walk into court wearing a bikini either so why not go around shooting any person wearing one?
    Justice for Trayvon!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      cuz bikinis, on the right people are cute and you can't hide your piece in a bikini.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mercenary For Hire

    George Zimmerman is INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY in a Court of Law !! Try to comprehend this, if you can !! I seriously hope this isn't the beginning of another racial riot as we had with Arthur McDuffie in the late 1970's / early 1980's (Miami, FL) or the Rodney King incident in 1992 (Los Angeles, CA). The video-tapes of both the Arthur McDuffie and Rodney King incidents only showed the African-American being beat down or shot by uniformed police officers, but it did not show what Arthur McDuffie or Rodney King did to provoke the police into doing their jobs. It's time to wake up. I don't believe George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin for NO reason, other than the fact that he's African-American !! Oh sure, there's plenty of racism out there today, and sadly, it's something that will not go away anytime soon, but come on people, this isn't Selma, AL or Jackson, MS from the 1950's / 1960's. Times have changed and we are now living in 2012. Let the Courts decide George Zimmerman's fate.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      OK then, arrest him...then court it is

      March 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom Mayer

    What responsibility does a network like CNN for ginning up a lynch-mob mentality around the nation by beating the drum for arrest and conviction of Zimmerman? Scream-outs? CNN says 75 percent of Americans want an arrest of Zimmerman. Nero's back. When the economy of Rome started to tank the answer was circuses and killings of gladiators signaled by the audience with a thumbs down. CNN is urging a thumbs down for Zimmerman.

    CNN and other inflamatory media networks ignore some salient facts coming out. An eye-witness saw someone in a hoodie atop a man in a red shirt pummeling the guy on the ground. Zimmerman was wearing a red sweatshirt which was wet on the back with grass stains on the back. Martin was wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman's head was bloodied and he had a broken nose and an injury to the back of his head.

    Take those facts and smoke them.

    Tom Mayer

    March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      They won't be satisfied until white folks are being loaded onto freight cars. Then, as we step aboard, they'll tell us we're being paranoid!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      FACTS??? Have YOU been smoking something?

      March 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BMcGee

      Hmm. If those injuries you reported sustained by Zimmerman are correct, then maybe Martin was standing his ground against an armed stalker/robber/abductor/child molester, with Martin in fear for his life. He had no idea who Zimmerman was or why he was chasing him!

      March 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DRinCHGO

    It isn't any diff than wearing a hat to court....duh....take the hood of if you're inside. Common sense. Outside, in the rain? Why SHOULDN'T he have it up? Common sense.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Almost correct. Dr. Its common sense to most people. Its derived from respect. Which seems to be lacking in your community.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Does the site have hoodies?

      March 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. melstrails

    Notice no protesting Az and surrounding states?..... I live in AZ. It's about the guns and the people here that can buy and carry them... Anyone,,,, might it be fear to express ourselves and e
    Fear we will be next?

    March 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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