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 Р1:30 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. N

    I want to see images of Trayvon NOW!!!!!! The media needs to do this so it won't discredit this case. Because when it comes out and he's not the cute cuddley fat cheeked babyboy everybody is seeing on the news people are gonna look sideways.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini¬©‚ĄĘ

      @ N:
      You want to see recent photographs of Mr. Martin?
      Clearly, you don't understand show business.
      I do, because I've worked in it for more than fifty years.
      I know sixty-year-old opera singers who still send out head shots taken when they were twenty-five.
      In light of that practice, the press is not taking many years off Mr. Martin's age.
      BTW, a resume of a classical singer or young concert pianist is always assumed to subtract at least two years: that's a given. Beyond that, the press kit is open to speculation.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john

    When was the last time a criminal wore a bikini to rob a bank?????

    March 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sofa King

    Is that a man or a woman wearing the pink hoodie in the picture? Scary, either way.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Goodall

      I know what you mean. Sometimes it's hard to tell, even for an expert like me.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Lowry Park Zoo

      March 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam Zapple

      I can't tell either. His/her throat is not visible. Mean looking, but wearing pink. Either an effeminate man, or a really ugly woman.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fanny B Tender

    you sorryACE whiners need to get a job, then shut your mouths...SHUT UP!!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fanny B Tender

    The riot police needs to move in and start busitng up some watermelons.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I am Trayton Martin

    And I am dead as hell.

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

      I am Tiger Woods.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lotsapoppa

    Thank Jesus that Zimmerman isn't white!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    So if you want to walk around looking like the grim reaper ....don't be surprised if the wrath of God comes down upon you.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    To the Trayvon shirt guy – why not sell Zimmerman shirts too? Work both sides of the street, make more money.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    I wouldn't answer a police call in a black neighborhood ... what, I can get shot by a black but I can't shoot back.

    No Justice .... No Police.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ?

    "scream out" ....LOL that thar is just funny!

    March 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. applesnoranges

    The Orlando sentinel has an article on it's website that states witness and physical evidence support zimmermans account of what happend. Maybe all the black racists should have waited for the facts

    March 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      Zimmerman said in 911 call: "These axxholes always get away". Clearly Trayvon was running away by Zimmerman's acount. When 911 dispatcher asked Zimmerman if he was pursuing Trayvon, Zimmerman answered "yes". Then the 911 dispatcher instructed Zimmerman not to confront and pursue Trayvon Martin. Like J Bush said, the "Stand your Ground" does not apply to Zimmerman.

      3 witness who stood beside Trayvon's parent in public said they heard the cry for help coming from Trayvon Martin. The key was Trayvon's girlfriend whom Trayvon was talking to on the cell phone. She claimed Zimmerman attacked first and caused Trayvon dropping the phone.

      The evidence you speak of consist of Zimmerman's injury. But we don't know if those were self-inflicted or if the blood came from Trayvon.

      The white racists should stop spreading lies such as Trayvon was suspended by school for punching bus driver, or Trayvon failed high school algebra, or Trayvon was a runaway. I find it interesting that Zimmerman had criminal record and had history of violence, as reported by cnn. Maybe you should look at those facts.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Zimmerman may have saved Florida taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chick

    It is a sad day when a person can be stalked and killed for wearing a sweatshirt with a hood! The whole world should be crying and screaming for an investigation. This is as much a race issue as it is a wake up call for sorry state of our communities. It is a travesty when the screams of a child go unanswered. No one walked out of their homes to aid Trayvon when repeatedly screammed for help. The "stand your ground" law incites violence and confrontation instead of deescalating. Anyone that does not see how this can and will be them or someone they love one day, is kidding themselves.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini¬©‚ĄĘ

      @ Chick:
      You lose credibility among thinking persons when you simplify an issue so grandly to suit your position.
      This seventeen-year-old young man was not killed because he was wearing a sweatshirt with a hood.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ¬©

      1- There IS an investigation going on. Actually two, assuming the local investigation is still going on, but only one (federal) assuming not.

      2- It has not been established that Trayvon was screaming for help. We only have his father's word that it was him. A witness who called 911 says it was Zimmerman screaming.

      3- Many people helped by phoning 911.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAMAL SHRIFFI

      Devisve actions by The left our nothing more than a deversion plan has been on the books for a long time.The left is so easy to anger and their leadership sits behind close doors and laughs on how they can manipulate them. They are frusted with the economy and cant admit their choice for hope and change is a complete failure, The left does a great job of redirected their anger letting them vent while channeling their actions blaming everyone else.Why was this case the one to kick off the lefts objectives?
      The majority of americans can see through this but yet the corroupt media presents this out rage as a grassroots expression.of outrage OBAMA’S home town Chicago the new killing field, This below the headlines from a recent Chicago Tribune news paper, leading newspaper in chicago.
      Mar 23, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune ‚Ķ The mayor said the spike in violence ‚ÄĒ including 49 shootings with 10 fatalities last weekend ‚Ķ Shooting death of 6‚Äďyear -old girl punctuates lethal Chicago weekend ..I wonder if the little girl looks like his daughter! Were is the outrage here Sharpton
      These numbers are war zone numbers, Does not this little girl derserve the same attention?
      Folks this is only the begining, the left will tear this country apart to remain in office,,Can you think what this country will look like if they win?,

      March 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Black racists don't have to wait for facts. They make them up, so they can have a reason to march around in the streets and have a looting party.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      I know exactly what you mean. The black racists must have faked the 911 call. I'm sure Zimmerman never told 911 dispatcher "These axxholes always get away". I'm sure when 911 dispatcher asked him if he was pursuing, Zimmerman actually said no but the 911 call received a yes as response. I'm sure 911 dispatcher never instructed Zimmerman not to confront and pursue. Those were added later by black racists.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      And who are you talking about when you say, "these axxholes" is that kinda like, "you people" always committing crime. Vick? Another one of those people that money couldn't get the ghetto out of. Still a criminal.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      earth to john: Zimmerman said to 911 dispatcher "These axxholes always get away". That's what Zimmerman said on the phone. Go ask him.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      Hey white trash john, I went to jail for killing pitbulls. But Zimmerman kills an innocent unarmed kid and he's not in jail yet. Just be a man and admit you are a racist, and that you believe black people's lives aren't worth as much as white's.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Hehe, you just thought of that....lol

      March 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kerry

    Anybody want the white trash point of please check with John....

    March 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Oh! Why does ot have to be White trash.... I believe your racism is showing. And I might need a federal investigation because you specified "white" trash.. lol . :-(

      March 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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