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. High Hopes

    Thoughts and Prayers to the Family,

    March 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Abortion cows

    @Every_Day...Abortion cows come in all colors. True, some have so many kids/welfare checks that their uteruses fell out and had to be put back in, but that's besides the point.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Every_day_outcry

      You need to be clear.

      Abortion is the issue or not?

      Life at all stages is valuable.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      ....and some cows didn't protect the calfs they had, did they?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Every_day_outcry

    @Local "S O"

    How about you- how many millions of black childten we aborted since 1973 in the USA only?

    Oh- that's different – right?

    March 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |

      They were aborted because their fathers slep with your mamma!

      March 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    This article just eliminated a bunch of cities for "best places to live."

    March 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      I doubt if they were ever on the list. Still a good idea to avaoid these places.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dewayne

    This is very sad! That a young man could scream for help and neighbors hear him screaming for help but yet the nay sayers are still trying to paint a picture that he was assaulting his killer. Although we can not rush to judgement because so much is at stake. Justice will prevail in all matters pertaining to this case. Mr. Zimmerman and the police department will be ultimately defend their lies. Racial profiling is something we all do white black red or brown. It is what it is but it is not as prevalent in many of our younger generation below ages 20. Its taught to police officers all over this country as a means of catching criminals. I would hope that we will see this issues as not a racial issue more as a american issue.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The eye witness said it was Zimmerman screaming for help

      March 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      It will no longer be a 'racial issue' when the number of minorities who commit violent crime in proportion to their respective population is the same as whites. Until that time...yeah, it's a racial issue.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Just one more on this topic, I think I've said enough. As near as I can figure, there are a lot of people who think that any time a white guy shoots a black guy, it's racism. Never mind the details. Also, no one seems particularly outraged by something that I noticed the first day this story broke – that some random guy with no training was carrying a gun around and apparently this is OK. I don't know what happened between these two, but I suspect that if you remove the GUN from the equation, it doesn't escalate to the point where someone dies.

    That's all I've got. Continue the squabble.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I have thought the same thing all along, BOMBO.

      I am not going to comment of this particular issue, as I have nothing new to the mix...and the issuse is Zimmerman and Martin, not Obama, not abortion, and not gay men, no matter how one wants to make it so.

      Another poster had written that his local store has a "no sunglasses/hoodies/hats" sign posted; ours, does, too.
      I haven't a problem with that at all, and neither do the people frequenting the store.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Abortion cows

    ...as if this dead kids family didn't know what kind of a kid he was and shoukld have helped him more. Surely his family must face these hard facts, not just the loss of their child whom they had been losing all along.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOS

      Just what, OR WHO, are you trying to blame here?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    Are the cuban people in Miami marching for Zimmerman?

    Maybe only the white cubans but not the back ones....

    March 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SuperDave

    Here is the realy issue: anytime people want to "express themselves" they in turn separate themselves from society. When that happens, then perception and bias takes over. The point: HOODIES! I see kids of any color walking around with a hood on ever if its friggin' 90 degrees out. WHY??!!! My first reaction: "what a punk", or "what is that idiot up to?". Whether we like it or not, those who do not conform are held at a standard that is different. If Trayvon was walking down the street with a polo shirt on this never happens.

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

      So what's your point? Hoodies are illegal in America when worn by blacks?

      March 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. anna

    Why would anyone (cuban or other) be marching for Zimmerman? He is psychotic and needs to be put away. He is scared of his own shadow.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GONGO

    Zimmerman, Hispanic w/Jewish Last Name is the Sacrificial Cow that will cleanse our country!

    March 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    Trayvon represent to me the worlds the view the world on every African-American there is in the United States. It seems nearly the entire world has some sort of mission on killing blacks....Libya was such a huge story all the way through to the death of Gaddafi, but the genocide of blacks in Libya now isn't worthy of the same constant attention. I am completely disappointed in CNN by not covering not even 1% as much as they did when Gaddafi was alive, but I guess it is a lot easier to turn a blind eye to it....out of sight out of mind...that's how it goes right??

    March 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    Trayvon represent to me the worlds the view the world on every African-American there is in the United States. It seems nearly the entire world has some sort of mission on killing blacks....Libya was such a huge story all the way through to the death of Gaddafi, but the genocide of blacks in Libya now isn't worthy of the same constant attention. I am completely disappointed in CNN by not covering this, but I guess it is a lot easier to turn a blind eye to it....out of sight out of mind...that's how it goes right??

    March 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blake


      The world doesn't have a "mission on killing blacks"...blacks are killing there own day in and day out right here in America. Why? Gangs..hatred..theft..color of your shirt? i dont get it...it's so primitive and animalistic in nature . People shout that racism is taught in the home and it wont end until we teach our children...well.... that is true, and i practice this in my home..you know what else is taught in the home..English, Grammar, Science, Art, and Manners. Lets give that a try America..making this tragedy a "race thing" is ABSURD. This boy died and that was uncalled for..let the courts decide. If race is involved then let's discuss the two English travelers gunned down by a 16 year old in Florida for simply walking down the wrong street in the wrong neighborhood in the wee hours of the morning. Where were this kids parents? Why was he out? I dont see the Rev and Sharpy speaking on behalf of this young man..? To boot..when he tried to rob them and they didnt have anything to ive he killed them both in cold blood. Now does this sound like something that should be taught in the home..? How does it come to this...? Fix yourself before you try to "fix" the system...

      March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Ohio

      Actually he would be alive today, if he didn't assault Zimmerman and bash his head into a sidewalk. This was Zimmerman's story which is confirmed by a witness who spoke with police. Go look at the local Orlando paper. Zimmerman had a broken nose and bruises on the back of his head. (all in the police report) THis is confirmed by this witness accounts. By the way, as a hispanic, I have never heard the term White hispanic until this, It seems like CNN is on the side of race baiting with sharpton and jackson. A lot of people are gonna feel real stupid when the facts play out. Go look at the police report. But then again, knowing how people are, they will probably call it a conspiracy and accuse the paramedics of faking zimmerman's broken nose. OH yeah, if the article is true, Zimmerman also tutored two african american kids and had black friends and is spanish in heritage. That seems to missed in all these articles.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Every_day_outcry


      Don't be PC.

      If the boy was born in Africa and moved to US then you can call him Africian American.

      If he was born here, he is just an American.

      We are Americans. Stop putting labels and race into who we are and where we are from.

      Stop the racial profiling by stop calling people who are dark or mix color skin as African anything.

      Otherwise, you can open a can of worms to those who might say, "boats and planes go both ways".Do you want people to return to their home land or just rename America – the New Republic of Africa, instead of The United States of America?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • zack

      YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

      March 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jj

    A store in my city has posted a "no hats, hoodies, or sunglasses" policy at the entrance to the store. That way, if there is a robbery, the security footage has a better chance of identifying the thief. I agree with this policy. People who wear their hoodies up can't be identified readily. I agree with the person who posted that if someone is wearing a polo shirt, this would not have happened.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini¬©‚ĄĘ

      I agree with you.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • louise

      Your comment makes me physcically ill... so he would be alive today if he'd wore anything but a hoody. Gosh, if he had been wearing a dress that night, he would be alive today.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • syb

      and if someone wearing a beart, chewing a gum, talking on the phone ... are we kidding????? No one has the right to tell me what to wear ! The US people should ask why their society has turned out so violently! Cuts on social support systems is one reason – but not the only one!

      March 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ louise and syb

      I'd argue with you, but you've butchered the English language so badly I'm not sure what you're saying.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini¬©‚ĄĘ

    @ Marcel Proust:
    I know that you are not really Proust, but you are the best troll whose work I have read here.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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