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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini¬©‚ĄĘ

    I despise racism.
    Often, I am asked the race of a pupil or business acquaintance, and I honestly cannot answer without a lot of thought.
    I believe sincerely that all of us should be color blind.
    I was seventeen, Martin's age at his death, during the late 1950s. Some in this forum may not know how turbulent and consuming the Civil Rights Movement was then.
    All of the young people I knew were, to varying degrees, active in the movement. We frequently spoke of. "the situation."
    Our goal for racial cooperation was Utopian. I believed that I would see a black President during my lifetime, and I get to vote for Obama.
    We believed that we would see voting and schooling laws changed, and that happened.
    We had not the faintest idea that, over fifty years after our protests, so much hatred between the races would remain.
    The laws have changed, but I think that there is more racial hatred now than there was in 1958, when I moved from Mississippi to Chicago on the City of New Orleans.
    Many blacks hate whites. Many whites hate blacks.
    We got laws changed, but we didn't get people to love each other.
    It's a big disappointment.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • WolfRayet

      You can't force people to love each other. There are some I wouldn't love even if they tried to force me. Your a fruitcake.

      March 27, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. donny

    they need to get the people off the streets and bring that man in to court. this will end up to no good for its over with. i think hes afrade to come in. thinking they will kill him. so they need to clear the streets where they like it or not. let the courts do there job. the shooter should have stayed in the car he dont have a right to tuch the other guy unless they trying to hurt them..but there is always 2 sides.. clear the streets let the court do there job.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. donny

    was there any cameras close by? why this was going on?

    March 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Fish

    This has become so silly. Let justice take its course. Acting foolish now does not win any points.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John M

    My feeling is that this is up to the police and the courts to decide. I don't see how this is racialy motivated. Is this all about a white hispanic who shot and Afro-American? It seems as though there is more to this than what the news media has told us.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • leftleaner

      I find it very odd that now there is a new race class just for Zimmerman, white-hispanic. What a joke. When the truth comes out the Trayvon PR machine will be found guilty of race baiting. Zimmerman may have panicked, shot and killed this known thug in possible self defence,we will soon find out. TM has a record he assaulted a bus driver 10 days before being shot, was caught with stolen jewelry and burglar tools and suspended from school for a drug possession. Why hasn't the media looked into and reported on that. Model citizen this TM was.

      March 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      that's the problem, john m. george didn't even get a ticket. there is no court date. the police let him go based on his side of the story. no investigation, no interrogation, you're free to go. *that* is why there's a problem.

      March 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greek American

    @JIF
    I know its not about Rodney King but I was just replying to an earlier post by some idiot who said that beating was justified.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini¬©‚ĄĘ

      @ Greek American:
      Oh. I missed that post.
      Thanks.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. mercenary76

    1) Zimmerman is hispanic – not white

    2) the neighborhood nearly 50/50 white and minority

    3) Zimmerman was the one screaming on the 911 call, not Trayvon (Trayvon's dad verified this)

    4) There was a witness who saw a a man in a hoodie on top of a man in red, beating the man in red. The witness turned away to call 911. When the witness looked again (after the shot) he saw the man in the hoodie lying in the grass and the guy in red standing nearby.

    5) Treyvon was on a 5-day suspension from school – the reason why is not being released.

    6) Trayvon is 6'-4" and 200 Lbs. The picture you see with the articles is from when he was much younger and smaller.

    7) This witness gave an interview to a news affiliate the day after the incident. Why is it resurfacing now – a month later after everyone has been fed false information for 3 over weeks?

    March 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick¬©‚ĄĘ

      mercenary76, stop making up stories. I already found two lies in your post. Google "He was 17 years old, 6'3" and weighed 140 pounds at the time of his death." and you'll find Trayvon Martin. The same article has Zimmerman: "At the time of the incident, he was 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) tall,[6][31] and weighed approximately 250 lb"

      Also, Trayvon Martin's father said the cries were from his boy, and he mentioned that was his last word. Why are you posting fake stories?

      March 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Vick¬©‚ĄĘ

      mercenary76, I'm waiting for an explanation why you added 60 pounds to Trayvon Martin's official weight.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TvNyC

    I am personally not racist at all. I love all people. Just laugh a little have sense of humor. every ethnicity has its good and bad. we need to help eachother by majority rules. Because in fact majority of people are not racist. The problem is the few that make our world bad. they are bad people because they dont know themselves. All people are equal. we need to spot signs of people that are racially profiled. Unfortunately thats tough to achoeve. I think zimmerman should go to prison for at least 10 years. He was a kid and you can always talk anger. i think zimmerman triggered it. this rent a cop dude should at least be tried.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I thought at one time you were going ti make enough money and leave america?

      March 27, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Grazzt

    @Michael Vick,

    Have you listened to all the 911 calls? No where is it said Martin was fleeing and Zimmerman was chasing. In fact they were of them fighting and it seems Martin was clearly winning.

    Second, Zimmerman is not using the "Stand your Ground" law. If have been following so astutely you would know that. He is using the standard self-defense.

    Third, It is clear if you have even looked a little further that Florida law prohibits arresting a suspect who claims self defense, unless it has probable cause to show the force used was unlawful. A broken nose, crack back of the head, and at the moment eye witness could not give probable cause.

    Fourth, the dispatcher's recomendation to no follow has not legal or law enforcement standing. It does though discount the "Stand your ground" law. But then again see second point.

    Fifth, Obama or anyone near that level should have said the cookie cutter response, "It is a sad day for all involved, let the police and courts do their jobs."

    Sixth, "The best way to end racism is not talk about racism." Morgan Freeman from an interview about why he doesn't believe in black history month. But the sad truth is racism is a business and it does make a lot of money on both sides.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Maybe Trayvon was standing his ground, being followed by car then on foot and then noticing the man had a gun. Maybe it is Trayvon whom was defending himself?

      March 27, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Collegelife

      actually to anyone who said this CHILD wasn't fleeing this GROWN MAN is wrong. The young lady on the phone with Trayvon stated that he told her he was being followed by someone and he didn't know why. Their is a videotape from inside the gated community which you need access codes to get into that shows Trayvon running from Zimmerman. The fact that Zimmerman followed Trayvon after being told to not follow him shows he was searching for a fight, even if he was following him he should have stayed a safe distance behind him and waited for the AUTHORITIES to show up, not take the law into his own hands. Everyone has stated that the voice on the 911 tape was Trayvon, even the witness said it. IF you comment on a story read all of the information from every source and listen to all the tapes.

      March 27, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @grazzt: your 2nd point is kind of lame. the reason he was released at the scene with no investigation was because of florida's rediculous stand your ground law. in florida, all you have to do to get away with murder is claim self-defense, because of the stand your ground law. as long as the other guy is dead, he can't be questioned.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shannon.

    Someone died for a senseless reason by a man who was either raciest or paranoid enough to pick a fight with a kid who just wanted some skittles! So raceist or unstable Zimmerman should be locked away from polite society.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      What a joke, this is a case of self defense and reverse racism. Trayvon was a thug who attacked a man with a gun.

      March 27, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. michelle

    Deport illegal hispaniix.

    March 27, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. nanette1102

    It's time to update your photo of the late Trayvon Martin. It's a tragedy that a young man's life was taken but don't slant the story with that little boy's photo. I have a son and my heart breaks for his parents. Just read that his mother is trademarking two phrases "I Am Trayvon" and "Justice For Trayvon." Exploiting her son's death?

    March 27, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    NEVER bring a Hoodie to a Gun Fight!

    March 27, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. notsosad

    we live in a screwed up country. let's get the facts straight before starting a lynch mob. turn all the negative whining into something positive. a kid was killed but all these folks around the country act as if they are the victims. shameful.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      I agree with you that we should get the facts but the reason why folkes around the country have been protesting and calling for justice is simply because the authorities in Florida closed this case and accepted the shooter's claim of self defense without doing an investigation and gathering the facts. To not arrest Zimmerman or take away his gun is one thing but to accept his defense claim without doing an investigation is absurd. Remember the racist thugs who ran over and killed the young black man in Mississippi a year ago? Well, the authorities didn't turn the other cheek like they did in the 1960's and let those thugs go free. No, they prosecuted them! I agree with you fully that we should get the facts but did the authorities in Florida do so? No, they accepted the shooter's defense claim without doing an investigation. And had they done an investigation following the shooting, you'd not be seeing all the uproar and anger across the country!

      March 27, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • I can see Russian tanker from my house

      Where is the outrage over the middle eastern women killed in cold blood by some racist pig?

      March 27, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Troy

    The truth is coming out. The innocent boy, turns out to be not so "innocent." Act like a thug,,die like one.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Get the facts straight

      The innocent boy was not so innocent? Can you please provide the country with your video tape footage of what actually happened the night of the shooting? So Zimmerman said the kid punched him but did he say what was said or done to the kid to illicit the kid's response? Remember the released police transcript of Zimmerman's conversation? Zimmerman had alread prejudged the kid by labeling him as an intruder and a criminal. Perhaps you should wait till all the facts come out! Seems like blacks in America are always considered thugs and murderers but the white cowards with guns are never thugs or murderers.

      March 27, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • I can see Russian tanker from my house

      Same logic applied to Zimmerman – Act like a cowboy, die like one

      March 27, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
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