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. Typical losers

    One a wannabe gangsta and the other a Paul Blart mall cop hopeful. No wonder so many US corporations are looking overseas. Look at our kids! 1/2 of them are fat dummies and many of the others dress like prison is in fashion. Pitiful. Just pitiful. And all as the parents watch.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    It is a tragedy when anyone is killed, yet none of us on this board know the specifics. CNN like most networks sensationalizes everything to gain viewers. I have seen many such stories in my life regarding white on black crime, yet I seldom if ever hear reports of black on white or black on black crimes. Everyone knows this exists yet apparently it is in poor taste for most media outlets to address these accounts. While an investigation perhaps will reveal I think it is about time for Al Sharpton to shut up and stop stirring up race relations in this country. Sharpton has done enough to hamper good will among all Americans.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @frank: actually, just yesterday, there was a story about three black guys killing someone at miss state. not sure if they killed a white guy or a black guy. according to your post, it doesn't matter..

      poor little white guy.. you're being represented. though i see how it's easier to play the victim..

      March 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Al Sharpton's agent

    @Frank. I resent your remarks about the REVEREND Al Sharpton. Make fun of his 60 lb. colon or his fourble chin all you want. But the money we's makes off of fanning the flames of racism is holy MLK money dedicated to civil rights.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. allen

    Well I see all the racists have come out of the wood work. Typical garbage

    March 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eyewitness Account

    There is a witness they're keeping secret that saw everything.

    Zimmerman approached Martin and started confronting him, Martin didn't know who he was and tried to ignore him and walk away. Zimmerman then grabbed Martin by the back of the neck as he walked away and Martin tried to fight him off. Zimmerman got more aggressive in trying to aprehend him. Martin fought back trying to get Zimmerman off of him. He hit Zimmerman in the nose with the tea bottle, knocking Zimmerman back to the ground, where Zimmerman then hit his head. Zimmerman then pulled out his 9MM and fired upon Martin, hitting him in the chest.

    Sounds like "stand your ground law" shoulld apply to Martin, not Zimmerman.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @eyewitness: certainly something for a judge to decide. not deputy dawg..

      March 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You left out the part where the tooth fairy appeared riding the Easter bunny.

      March 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @mike: awesome. finally, someone who knows what happened..

      please tell us..

      March 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kb1

    What about Trayvon's right to 'stand his ground'. He was followed by a strange man in a car who got out and confronted him. Trayvon had a right to stand his ground a defend himself also. He didn't know if this stranger was going to attack him or kidnap him and I'm sure he was afraid for his life. Its obvious Zimmerman went looking for a confrontation.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Even a black teen who lives in the neighborhood said he saw the guy with the red shirt on the ground and the white shirt on him. He said it to a reporter on camera. So there wont be any misunderstanding in court. It was said honestly and within a short time of the incident. Just in case peoples memory fails by the time the trial rolls around, if there is one.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • My Name Is (___________)

      Huh....black teens live in the neighborhood? Then this isn't an irregular occurence, and just make Zimmerman's actions a little more suspect....

      March 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    What's the difference between a white Hispanic a black Hispanic and a regular old Hispanic??????? lol

    March 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    If you were a black Hispanic ...... would you be black or Hispanic???? Hmmmmm?????.....

    March 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tizzy

    Cants a brother walk to his crib without being hassled by the man?

    March 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. milton burts

    The hysteria fanned by the media is getting a bit much. What was done was tragic an may or maynot be a chargeable crime. Recently in Houston, a Nigerian let a nursery full of minor children unattended, a fire resulted and there were multiple deaths. I have not seen a national outcry for the public lynching or burning at the stake for a black woman whose negligence caused black and white dhildren to die.(where where Al Sharpton and Sheila Jackson Lee? What Mr. Zimmeran did was very bad judgement call, and it appears that if he is charged with murder, he can not, due to the sensational press coverage, never expect a fair trial.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick

      Milton Burts: All I can tell you is that U.S. Supreme Court picks out few cases to review out of thousands each year. Newspaper and News Stations pick out the news they want to broadcast. If you think Trayvon Martin's publicity is unfair, then buy a newspaper or tv station. You can broadcast blacks killing white for the entire 1 hour. There are enough cases happening everyday to fill up the 1 hour. Some people say why doesn't Obama mention this other case or that other case. Obama would say who do you think you are telling him to pay attention to all the murder cases happening across the country.

      March 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Vick

    We know from 911 tape Trayvon Martin was fleeing and Zimmerman went after him against the instruction given to him by 911 dispatcher. Does Trayvon Martin have the right to "stand the ground"? Absolutely! I don't see how Zimmerman's lawyer can say no. Does Trayvon Martin have the right to defend himself after he got into altercation with Zimmerman? Absolutely! Does Trayvon Martin have the right to fire a licensed gun in that situation? Of course! He was being chased and attacked. So who was covered by "Stand your Ground" law? Obviously you cannot tell me both Zimmerman and Martin are both covered. If you're still unclear, who started this incident and who confronted and pursued? That person is not covered by "Stand your Ground" law.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zimmerman Bush

    Hey. "Do not pursue" could have meant any number if things. (shrug)

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

      Let me ask you a question. We know for a fact that Martin was running and Zimmerman was chasing from 911 tape. Doesn't Trayvon Martin have the right to stand his ground? Please answer yes. If yes, then if they got into fights, do you agree Trayvon Martin has as much right as Zimmerman for shooting a gun? So who's protected by "Stand your Ground" law? It cannot be both people. This is not a wild west in which whoever draws a gun faster gets protection from the law. According to the lawmaker who wrote this law, Florida congressman Dennis Baxley, if you go after someone then "Stand your Ground" doesn't apply to you.

      Every man has the right to talk to someone. But Martin was running away. Zimmerman pursued. Technically Trayvon Martin can protect himself. But he doesn't have a gun.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • My Name Is (___________)

      Nasty man, you.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zimmerman *Clinton

    Oopsy. But was it really Bill's fault Hillary sold the same piece of property to eight different people and got away with it?

    March 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Trayvon Obama

    Like President Obama is tested by this one single case. Get a clue. This is just another day in American City Americana. President obama has bigger fish he hasn'r fried: the economy, welfare fraud, Iran(next), his continued intolerance of gays in the military. Soldiers aren't even allowed to make love with their same se x partner thanks to Obama. This case is small potato stuff. Insignificant. Fodder for the Al sharpton/Jessie Jackson MLK WANNABEES.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
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