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. Quizu

    49 blacks were killed over st pats weekend in south Chicago....including a six yr old. Where is al sharp ton??? Doesn't want to march on this? Naaah not when it's black on black violence. Can't start a race war on that one.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Al will show up for that march as soon as he's done in Kansas City marching on behalf of the white teen that was set on fire by a group of black teens "for being white." Since we ALL know that Al Sharpton is all about being color blind and against ALL race hate crimes he'll be in Kansas City ........... soon.

      March 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaJuanna Travier

      Zimmerman's friend Oliver stated that Zimmerman can't sleep, can't eat.... and will never be the same!" He sounds like a motherfuc.... fool. What in the world does he think Trayvon's mother and father are feeling!!!!!! They will never see their son again..... Zimmerman it's time to get use to the life behind bars....... YOU WILL SUFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are waiting eagerly for you behind bars..... You are right Oliver your friend Zimmerman will NEVER BE THE SAME!

      March 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greek American

    Wow, what a racist country we live in. I thought the Obama thing would change some people or at least eventually decrease racism, but I think it has done the opposite. All races have good and bad people, so why does any incident like this have to come down to race or color? How about we worry more about cops and judges performing their jobs the right way and prosecuting those who need to be, based on the LAW and nothing else.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • H8TR

      It's because no one considers themselves Americans anymore. The sufferages of the past are carried on for future generations. There's not a soul alive that endured slavery, yet, you hear comments about "the pain and the suffering I've endured in my life due to my family who were once slaves". This is a country full of selfish, what-about-me citizens. This has been passed down by the people in DC who only look out for themselves, not the people who elected them.
      And another thing...racism in this country is not primarily white against everyone else, it's everyone else against white. I guess I'll start calling myself a "white american" to fit in.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greek American

    I don't support Sharpton and most of his views, but I live outside of Detroit, where murder has become country-leading in numbers so far this year. There was a rally there for Trayvon yesterday and the demonstrators did also use the platform for calling an end to violence and murder in their own community as well.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    Maybe 1% of Blacks might understand what they are protesting while the other 99% have no clue what their doing.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Are you saying the 99% is dumber than a box of rocks?

      March 27, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    Those of you that say Zimmerman followed and confronted so hes the aggressor and cant claim self defence. Well your wrong, educate yourself and read the law.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. William

    Look. Anyway cut, this is a horrible accident. The problem I have is with the parents of Trayvon. I "as an imperfect individual", have also been suspended from school. I was forbidden from leaving the house, let alone wandering the streets! If he was at home, where he should have been then we all would have no discussion here. I believe he was probobly a good kid – but out streetwalking in a "hoodie", during the hours of school, wandering around in neighborhoods – I would have probobly followed him too, and I am the furthest thing from a racist – I'm a realist. If in fact then the young man attacked George Zimmerman, whether he was following him or not – the young mans fate at least in my eyes is well deserved. It would be no different if the shoe was on the other foot. If George Zimmerman had simply attacked the young man because he was black, then off to the gallows with him. But this does not appear at this time to be the case. I believe that "Hate Crime" plays no part in this. A hate crime is a physical act of violence against another due to race or creed. George Zimmerman was the one assailed in this case. Was it poor judgement getting out to follow Trayvon, yes, but that in itself is not a crime... it's concern. He is part of a neighborhood watch group. He obviously cares about his neighbors, kids, and the environment they reside in. I feel the same. Ultimately, I see this as a horrible accident that could have been averted with proper parenting. Tough Love plays an important role in a childs life. Do I wish the young man could be brought back – of course – as I'm sure George Zimmerman feels as well. I'm sure some reading this will have their comments, but the truth is the truth. Clear your mind and look at it openly, without bias.

    March 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. William

    Racism!!! This has nothing to do with race. WE are the ones making it about race. My friend – you want to see racism? Put a "hoodie" on a white, asian, arabic, indian, or other – and let him walk around the nieghborhoods of Detroit... you will see him on the news with a chalk outline around him. Is it horrible? Absoluetly, but it's also a fact.

    March 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tonya

    It is a sad day in this country when a child is stalked and gun down by a WANT TO BE COP!! That 17 year old will never get to enjoy the rest of his life because of someone trying to make a name for himself. If Zimmerman(Want to be Cop) would have followed his orders given by the authorities, Martin would still be ALIVE!!!!!!! Zimmermans job as a neighbor watch Person is to do exactly that, watch and report, not persue!!! He Was the aggressor and once you are an aggressor you can not be the aggressee!!! My Prayers go out to the Martin Family and I Hope they get there justice!!! By the way I am White but I am Also American and Believe in What is Right and What is Wrong!!!!! And This tragedy Was Soooo Wrong!!!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric jax

    I-Phone has a new trayvon Martin App. You turn it on and your phone starts to Beat the life out of you till you Smash it.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |

    Thanks alot zmzn. you killed a young man. I think your a liar and should be charged with murder. You took the life of a black young man. And you gave african americans anothe reason to hate white americans. Will I live long enough to ever see black and whites become one as americans. Together we could be a force to reckon with. Power in numbers. Black and whites are true americans. We've lived here in us for hundreds of years. The anger will never end, will it?

    March 28, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. T

    Why doesn't anyone question why his parents allowed him to grow up like he did? Did you not notice the tattoos or the gold teeth or the gangster references or the violence or the marijuana? They can complain all they want on the hill and speak wherever they want, but their lack of parenting was a factor in all of this. And I guarantee you, if in fact Z ran down Trayvon (unlikely the fat guy could), that if Trayvon just politely said, I'm just walking back from the store, Sir, that Z would have went about his merry way and nothing would have happened. I don't condone what happened but manners and respect go a long way in children. And I hope his parents enjoy their money, because they're sure cashing in on this whole thing.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • radjul


      March 28, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yoda

    When is the rally for Nicole Simpson???? I want to go to that one!!!!!

    March 28, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Geno7

    Where's the outrage when black teens are killing black teens in St. Louis? Black on black killings far outnumber white on black killings but Al Sharpton & Jessee Jackson don't give face time on TV for those killings. Liberal news agencies like CNN don't care about that becasue it doesn't sell. Where's the outrage or even the reporting by CNN when someone in CA including Spike Lee can tweet the wrong address for an elderly couple in FL named Zimmerman who had nothing to do with this and now live in fear of their lives?

    March 28, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Peikovianyi

    Was anyone angry enough to loot a Walgrens in North Miami Beach? In the name of the community? The community of unity? Sure, their everyday prices are low, but stealing makes it even lower.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peikovianyi

      OWS threw human waste at a bank in a sign of solidarity. It's a golden age that needs a name for history to recall it with full honors.

      March 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fangpi

    A "scream out" in San Francisco. Why am I not surprised. GLBT ground zero, where "it's all about me," and tolerance only for ME are constant buzzwords.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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