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. Rick

    Trayvon Martin didn't wake up in the morning wanting to kill somebody, George Zimmerman woke up wanting to.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ¬©

      Mow nice that we have mind readers like Rick around. They might be useful. What am I thinking now, Rick? Besides how narrow minded you are?

      March 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael Vick

    Here is what really happened:

    GZ: Hey n!gg3r, you're up to no good, aren't you? you doing drug or something? You can't afford this neighborhood.

    TM: No, you piece of $h!t. I'm not on drugs. My father can afford here, not you white trash. Get the xuck away from me.

    GZ: You called me what you xuckin n!gg3r? Hey, what you doing? Don't you turn your back on me.

    TM: Get the hell away from me.

    GZ: (shove Trayvon to the ground)

    TM: (gets up and punched GZ)

    GZ: You're dead, you m0th3rxucker.

    TM: (raised both his arms) Please, don't shoot me. Just let me go.

    GZ: Bang. (shot TM in the chest)

    TM: fell to the ground face down.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      Yes john. But you aren't even qualified to be dog meat to my pitbulls.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ¬©

      You saw and heard all this while you were floating around in your balloon? Do you have a video to show us all as proof?

      March 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GONGO

      Vick, Zimmerman isn't white.....

      March 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      A clear case of self-defense.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. how many?

    How many hundreds of American teenagers have been murdered since this one? There is one and ONLY one reason why you gawker blockers are rubbernecking this case: he was specified to be a "black" kid. If it just said "kid" even a hundred times, you racists would drive on by without even noticing.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Every_day_outcry

      @How many...
      Do you how many black babies are aborted every single day in the world (here and Africa)?

      Do you understand the real problem?

      Human life has no value. Black aborted children are considered garbage in our society. You get it now?

      So if Black women abort black babies – do you want the rest of us to believe you really care about this 17 year old young man or any other black child killed on our streets?

      Reality, the hearts and minds of the black community has to change how they view life and when it starts. Save the unborn...

      We love all the kids – in the womb and outside of the womb.

      Do you?

      Start over, clean your house first, then come back...

      We will still be here. Waiting for you to take the first step of change.

      The New HOPE AND CHANGE message for 2012.

      Save all – not just the few....

      March 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessie Jackson's agent

    Are you sure it was a black kid? I mean, are you absolutely positive? OK. I'll have Jessie there for you by friday. And while I have you on the line, could I interest you in an Al Sharpton?

    March 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john

    What shade of skin turns a white Hispanic into a regular hispsnic and then to black Hispanic?????? lol

    March 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Dunno, the difference could be just a few days in the Florida sunshine.... Haha!

    March 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jessie Jackson talent scout

    Do you pay special attention to murder cases involving the few rather than the many? Do your eyes perk-up when you hear it was a "black", but if the skin color is not identified, you go 'ho-hum' and hardly notice, let alone examine for weeks on end? Then you might have what it takes to become the next great leader to fan the flames of racism and keep them from dying out on their own.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Jessie has a hard-on for blacks who are killed...the younger the better.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ho-hum

    Lmao. Visions of inner city crack ho's and welfare checks/illegitimate "black" kids. Youngsters driving shiny new cars with boom boom stereos/phat wheelz paid for by their military disabilty cruising the avenues ho trolling. Inner city Americana.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Vick

    U.S. Supreme Court only review a few cases out of thousands they received every year. You racists out there cannot discredit this incident because there are thousands of others cases out there where blacks were killing white and vice versa. If rich people like me are willing to dump money and publicize this incident, give me credit. If you find another case you want to promote your cause, you're more than welcome to. Good luck getting 2 million supporters.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      You crack head...the U.S. Supreme Court isn't reviewing anything about this case. Except maybe Obamacare.... ūüôā

      March 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Every_day_outcry

      @ aka M Vick

      Are you outraged about the number of black women going to abortion clinics everyday and having their unborn (Live) child murdered so they can say the have the right to do so based upon the decision of the Supreme Court?

      Don't blast anyone not of your race and think we are so stupid to think gang violence is the only cause of black children being killed or injured. Or, to even consider we hurt too, when a white child is mudered by anyone.

      What makes any race life more special?

      You cry for equality or special treatment?

      When you love the unborn, come back and ask us to stand with you.

      Until then... Cry out for justice... But, no one will be listening...

      March 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marcel Proust

    Well, I say that it's a sad day in Hell when a perfectly innocent, casually dressed young man–nay, lad–can't walk down the street to visit his future mother-in-law without having some hate-filled, white Hispanic man, who woke up that morning with the intention of killing an African-American child, chase him down and shoot him dead for no reason other than his hooded sweatshirt. It's a manifestation of the selfish, Ayn Rand worshipping, corporate greed in which magnolia-white Mayflower-Americans revel as they live in splendour off the backs of the worker and the racially downtrodden of our pathetic excuse for a society!
    If that's what it has come to, then just God help us!
    God help us, one and all!

    March 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      You lost me at 'perfectly innocent'.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KLP

    I think Zimmerman is a slightly moronic, wanna-be cop and someone of authority in the community should have recognized that fact before he killed an innocent young man. This is a terrible, senseless tragedy. Having said that, I just wish the whole country and celebrities/pastors/politicians would be just this outraged everytime a murder is committed.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    Why is this one particular shooting such a big deal. People get shot and killed every day they should have as much consideration as anyone else. Just a few months ago a young black man was gunned down in a convenient store parking lot by a driveby . How many people heard about that? Not to long before that one was shot and killed two blocks from there over a girl. Still no president. Why do only certain news articles mention the shooter had a broken nose and a gash in the back of his head. did the president those articles?

    March 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcel Proust

      Zimmerman had a broken nose and a gash in the back of his head?
      In that case, it would appear as if someone–perhaps Martin–came up side his head.
      However, that would be impossible, or quite difficult, for Martin to do, if Zimmerman had already shot him in the back.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      Jim: U.S. Supreme Court reviews a few cases out of thousands it receives. Just because the court is very selective doesn't mean that the cases it selected was invalid. You want Obama to care about other murder cases? Who do you think you are? Obama chooses what he wants to speak to public about. And you really think a news station should fill up the entire 30 minutes of news on black murdering white that happened during that day? You do not run the news station. When you do own a newspaper or newstation, then you can broadcast all the black murdering white cases you want all day and all night.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    Why wasn't the shooting of 2 brits in Florida making big headlines? This is nothing but bias in reporting.

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

      Jim were the perps caught in this case was there a 911 call from the perp explaining that he was going to harm the victim. Did the police department blame the victim in the case and decided not to pursue or prosecute the perp! I think your bias not the reporting!

      March 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      @ Jim...let's attempt to remain focued on the point at hand. You, at any time, could have began a vocal uprising for the two shot Brits. Evidently that issue was not important to you nor your friends.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      They were not wearing hoodies.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      Wonder why Trayvon Martin's lawyer had sealed all of his pictures and records? They show a history of drugs, violence, school suspension, racial-gang tatoos on a 6 ft 3" body. Hope all that is revealed in court.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I want to see white people rally like this when blacks kill white people

      March 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Because it doesn't sell

      March 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Where is the outrage when a black kills a white man? Are we so civilized that we expect the law enforcers to do their job and we sit by and let them do their job? Yes because we are civilized unlike the majority of these people who take off of work and school to march. Sickening

      March 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Time for another million man march?? KFC better stock up on extra crispy.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      That is an incredible insensitive comment. I young unarmed man is dead. Think about his family for a moment or better yet just THINK before you post.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dewayne

      I hope you'll be there to get yours!

      March 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Col Sanders (Ret)

      Oh, don't worry, we've got enough for everyone. Heh heh heh.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |

      All you confederate trailer trash making hateful comment because you're envious and jealous that President Obama is the greatest President in US history! Envious confederate morons!

      March 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Local *Scream Out*

    We've got a local gay man...a 7 year veteran of our police force on trial for se xually assualting over a dozen of our boys. Think I'll *shout out* about this case involving minorities.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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