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)

    Martin was currently on suspension from school for punching a bus driver as verified through his brother's posting 5 days before he got shot. Shame on the media's double standard.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • KRN

      Right! that's why he deserved to be shot!!

      March 26, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      DAMN! Better not tell someone to go F himself, he may have a gun and SHOOT ME!
      But then...I'm a white female who often wears a hootie (EVEN BLACK, sometimes!) along with other friends. In fact I will now go ck out the waves, sit on the rocks with a hoodie on!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      There are already so many inaccurate information flying around as the result of racist's propaganda. Earlier we've heard Trayvon was a runaway. Another had him as a bully in school. Those are unconfirmed! We do have confirmed report from cnn that Zimmerman had criminal record, and had history of violence. But digging dirt on Trayvon or Zimmerman won't get to the bottom of this.

      We do know for a fact that police would not have resorted to shooting an unarmed 17 year old boy, or put himself in the situation where using a gun is the only option. The reason is police are trained for this. If police can't shoot an unarmed kid, neither can Zimmerman who has a lot less power than the police. This is why 911 dispatcher instructed Zimmerman not to confront and pursue. But Zimmerman being at least 80 pounds heavier thought he could take on this kid. When he couldn't it was more convenient to use a gun and shoot this kid dead. "Stand your Ground" does not give anyone the right to confront and pursue. Like J Bush said, Zimmerman is the one who confronted and pursued. The law doesn't apply to him.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jeanne


    March 26, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Feast of Beast

    I hope these protests remain peaceful. Trayvon Martin was a victim of careless violence and stupidity. Violence against others who had nothing to do with that incident won't solve anything, and wouldn't be fair. People need to remember to put the blame where it's due: on Zimmerman.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Purush

      Let us call spade a spade. More blame lies at the door of Cops who tried to cover up the whole issue. Remember, even the tapes were made available under court directions !!!!

      March 26, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. jeanne

    looks like america will be shutting the windows and locking its doors tonight ........man, this is just scary, this is not justice.....

    March 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabe

      Who's scared? Sounds like you are the only fearful one.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Who said America will be closing windows/locking doors? Are YOU trying to scare someone (some stupid someone?)

      March 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. roldoc

    This could have been resolved a long time ago if Mr.Zimmerman had been arrested and charged.now the protest has gone beyond that to how white offenders are treated compared to how offenders of color are treated by the law enforcement community.Let me say this it is not too late to put aside the need to defendd a bad decision(law) and do the right thing.A lot is riding on this preset situation.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ¬©

      You do realize there is currently an investigation going on, right?

      March 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Why should he be arrested for defending himself against a thug who witnesses descrived as slamming his head into the ground? Should he have allowed himself to get beaten to death instead?

      March 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ToledoMan

    Dude attacks a hispanic neighborhood watchman and suddenly this causes all of these hate filled racist rallies???

    March 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg M

      Yep. A 140-pound kid attacked a 250-pound man who had was wearing a holster that contained a gun. The man had a previous arrest for assault on a police officer. The man was violating the Neightborhood Watch firearms policy. THe man was violating the Neighborhood Watch policy on avoiding confrontations. The man ignored the 911 operator's request that he not follow the boy. Yep. The poor defenseless man says he was trying to get back in his truck when the kid attacked, and so apparenty the kid must have picked him up and carried him into a backyard, where the man, completely overwhelmed by the kid's amazing strength, had no choice but to shoot him. We should believe everything the man says, no matter how illogical and preposterous, right? He wouldn't lie about anything, would he?

      March 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mehh

    Here's a novel idea: how about the black community rallies against dropping out of highschool, against getting pregnant out of wedlock, against fathers leaving their families, or against joining a gang? These are all problems the black community seems to ignore, yet they do far more to damage the lives of black people than this incident. This is a terrible event that should not have happened, but I can see far more problems plaguing blacks than this. Just another case of minorities blaming their problems on whites.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. just eye

    All the marching, screaming, candle light vigils in the world isnt going to change anything. Stop wasting my air.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Feast of Beast

    I know there's a lot of clamoring for the law to be changed, but "stand your ground " was enacted for a reason. People in Florida were being prosecuted a lot for defending themselves with guns, even when that was their only option. People were going to jail for shooting unarmed attackers, even though they would probably have died otherwise. A 110-pound secretary isn't going to evade or survive attack by a 300 pound adversary, whether he's armed or not. She should be able to "stand her ground" and use her firearm. In demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, don't ignore the continued threat faced by Florida's citizens from people who aren't just buying skittles.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andi

    There are so many unanswered questions. I can't figure out why the case was closed in March but I'm glad it's reopened.

    If Zimmerman had not followed Trayvon as the police instructed him not to, or if Zimmerman simply asked where are you going or who are you here to see, Trayvon would still be alive. AND THE WORLD WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY THIS MAN IS STILL FREE.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ¬©

      I don't think the 911 operator was a police officer – just an operator. But I could be wrong, I don't know who mans the phones in Florida. In any case, it was not an order. It was a suggestion. I'll go further though, and the NRA types will hate me. If Zimmerman did not have a gun, I'm guessing he would not have gotten so close to Martin, and therefore this altercation would not have escalated.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Irene

    what's the difference between the pope and this kid dying? same thing to me!

    March 26, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. r johnson

    Well,let's think this through. Teenager Shot in the back while carrying a can of ice tea and candy; wearing hood up during rain. Shooter gets out of car and shoots teen in back claiming self defense.

    I know U S citizens are behind other countries in education, but have we lost our brains. Our police force agrees that shooting a person in the back represents self defense. I have a closet full of jackets with hoods, I better cut the hoods off and walk backwards!
    I just want to know where are the rallies.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini¬©‚ĄĘ

    This case is not as clearly one-sided as many similarly publicised events based on racism.
    More facts need to be reported truthfully about Zimmerman, Martin, and exactly what happened, with details.
    At the time of cases like the murders of Emmett Till and of the three activists buried under a dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi, I was full of outrage, and I protested.
    As other regular writers have posted here, more reasonable doubt about this case appears as days pass.
    I shall not be attending a "scream out" today.
    Maybe later.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lotsapoppa

      It's Hate Week, just like in 1984.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO ©

    All that's missing is the torches and pitchforks.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tessy

    How can Zimmerman claim it was self defense, Trayvon was unharmed, and just 17, Zimmerman would have been able to hold him down with no effort, if Trayvon really attacked him as he claims, Zimmerman is a lot bigger than Trayvon, he didn't have to shoot, except it was done intentionally and the police asked him to stay in the car, why did he have to follow him? I can't believe he is still out there free, with the claim of self defense, lets be realistic Trayvon was unharmed what was Zimmerman defending?

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

      Tessy.... is right. Trayvon was UNarmed! HIs back was turned against Zimmerman. Zimmerman was told NOT to follow him(HE did anyway.) Zimmerman was NOT in IMMIENT danger. Zimmerman get ready to be asked if....you want your eggs FRIED, SAUCETED, BROILED or SEASONED.... You got it coming!

      March 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
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