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. Dean

    Keep up the protests...and keep bringing the Skittles. My Mars stock keeps going up.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Homer Simpson

    Apu, do you have any of that beer with candy floating around in it – Skittlebrau?

    March 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yes we have no bananas

    I'm trying to think of the best possible food concession for these rallies. Any ideas?

    March 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • louise

      Yeah, up your %$%^!

      March 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Jefferson

      Relax Weezy, it was just a joke.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • W T Mellon

      Nope. No ideas.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    New police chief in Sanford Florida....lol
    That should make them happy.....lol

    March 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      I hope he's white Hispanic.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. B

    All this proves is that blacks should never sit on a jury for they are far too prejudiced. They have no idea if this was or was not a justified killing yet they all side with the black, what a coincidence!
    I also doubt very much the police are just going to let some Hispanic walk for a murder, and for the blacks to think the police would do this again just proves how prejudiced they are. What would the police have to gain by doing that in such a high profile case? The answer is absolutely nothing.

    Poor Obama right in the middle, if he has his man Holder make an arrest to appease the racist blacks he loses a lot of white and hispanic votes.

    March 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jim

    It's nice to see that "our" president has decided this case in advance of any due process. I guess he has shown his true "colors".

    March 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Is he a black white man....or a white black man.. im not sure of the proper description .... after white Hispanic came out.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kls817

    I have two thoughts here:
    1. Zimmerman should be booked and tried for 2nd degree murder; let the facts come out.
    2. If the black community were half as outraged about the real problems the keep them down (fatherless children, gangs and gang culture worship, lack of interest in schooling, drug abuse) then blacks would have more prosperity per capita than white people.

    March 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    Black political activists are doing themselves a huge disservice by hinging their credibility on a case where the facts are few and far between.

    March 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodney King

      Come on Jason, they never do that.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. E Walsh

    How can a non policeman have the authority to carry a gun and shoot someone to begin with? Where is the accountability in that? Policeman go through a lot of training before they can raise a gun to someone, and then look at what happens when even they kill someone supposedly in teh line of duty. this is an outrageous carriage of justice. This young man had no business loosing his life over this altercation.

    March 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      In Florida you're allowed to carry licensed arm outside your home. But "Stand your Ground" law does not allow a person to pursue and confront an individual and then shoot him. The 911 tape showed that Zimmerman was instructed not to pursue and confront someone who was running away. The self defense doesn't apply here. And you're right. If this was a police officer, the kid wouldn't have lost his life. Police officers are trained and they'd do everything to prevent shooting an unarmed kid dead to avoid police commissioner resigning and the entire department sued.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quizu

      Carrying a gun in fl is LEGAL. Mr Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch and the neighborhood had a lot of problems.
      Martin attacked zimmerman after he stood down. ...he was on suspension from school for drugs and his facebook photos show Martin to look far from an angel....why dozen't the media post those pics? Then they wouldn't have a story I guess.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tyrone

    I hope they has a riot. I needs a new TV.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. common sense

    So what happened to old school fighting with fists and if the this Z guy was strong why didnt he fight but instead shoot to kill..what a punk..

    March 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      The report was that he was 80lb heavier than Trayvon. With a gun, he felt pretty confident that he can take on this kid. That is typical coward. When he was getting beat up (according to Zimmerman), he had to shoot the kid dead. Why? If the kid is alive it would be an embarrassing situation. People would question his qualification to be neighborhood patrol. You always have to eliminate the witness so you are the only person telling your own side of the story.

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

    Has anyone connected the dots on PlannedParenthood and racial profiling?

    Apparently, the only place where blacks are not the minority (besides Africa) is in an abortion clinic.

    Who is protesting against Planned Parenthood? Where is Jessie? Where is Al? Where is the angry black woman in the wh?

    You can try, but don't the fool.

    The real crime againts blacks is Abortion.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • YogerTheOgre

      ...and your mom should have aborted you.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. What I learned by reading the Orlano Sentinal

    Apparently Trayvon was kicked out of school for drugs. The family doesn't deny this, they just say it's "irrelevant". Also, Zimmerman had multiple injuries to his face and back of his head. A witness who called 911 has also spoken to the paper and is absolutely certain that Zimmerman was the one on his back, getting beaten, calling for help.

    Shame on CNN for not reporting this. Shame on CNN for inciting racism by telling lies.

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

      Shame on you for being an idiot. The zimmerman was told by the 911 operator, a government official, NOT to follow the "suspect", because that is the job for the POLICE, not a vigilante. Since when is taking the law into your own hands justifiable?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • What I learned by reading the Orlano Sentinal

      So what Yoger, are you saying that Trayvon was NOT kicked out of school for drugs? No? Are you saying he wasn't beating Zimmerman? No? So what is your idiotic point? That everyone needs to take orders from a minimum wage 911 operator, even if they feel their neighborhood is at risk from some thug?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The punishment for smoking weed is not death by vigilante. And being followed home by an unknown man does give you the right to question his motives and defend yourself!

      March 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • donner

      yes and on top of that..the pictures the media is showing in most cases are older pictures of Trayvon where he looks like he is 10 or 12 ..we all know that that is not what he looked like on that night ...the man who shot him had every right to defend himself...is the government and legal system going to start telling us when it is o.k. and at what point and by whom we can feel threatened...Really

      March 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • What I learned by reading the Orlano Sentinal

      I'm not saying he deserved to die. I'm saying there are two sides to every story, CNN is only telling one, and Zimmerman may have had reason to feel threatened.

      March 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • WorldBelow

      WHY is he described as a "white hispanic"?? WHY? I've never seen this description used anywhere else before.

      March 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aces Full

      Remove all of the black males 14 to 30 from any city that makes the top 100 most violent crimes list and that city won’t make the top 1,000 city list; remove all white males 14 to 30 and the ranking won’t change. Saying what is so is not inherently racist.

      March 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @what i learned: the problem is the police arbitrarily decided he didn't break the law. that's not what cops do. that's what judges do..

      March 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      I'm sorry but your information even if correct is totally irrelevant. I was told Trayvon Martin failed high school algebra. So what?

      However Zimmerman had criminal record and history of violence. So do you see why the dirt you dig up on Trayvon Martin is irrelevant while Zimmerman's criminal history is? If not, let me remind you that Zimmerman will be the defendent because he killed someone.

      March 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Hi ACESFULL. Your statistics are interesting. However, you would be surprised to know our criminal justice system has history and present day practice of keeping white males out of jail with sentences like community service or much less jail time that would have been given to a black or latino male. Don't take my word for it. Don't google city-data to earn your college degree major in Criminal Justice as I did then you will know what alot of people know.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Keep it up, CNN - you'll start a race war eventually, don't worry. And just imagine how great that will be for ratings.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHAT?

      Ratings at whatever price,CNN

      March 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Every_day_outcry

    Don't wait for CNN or MSNBC or ABC or CBS or NBC to ever provide turth about this kid and his past.

    Jessie, Al and BHO won't allow it.

    This is all a prelude to the disaster of 2012 election in Nov.

    What the headlines... Where is media focused on?

    Who is the enemy and who are the victims?

    The sad turth...

    Liberty is gone. Freedom is lost. America is going down the tubes.

    Wake up America. WAKE UP :-{

    March 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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