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Zimmerman acquittal spurs Chicago protests

About 150 people staged a rally on the Daley Center Plaza Sunday, to protest Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and to dramatize their claim that the justice system is broken.

The same sentiment was reflected in some local Sunday sermons

Father Michael Pfleger told his parishioners at St. Sabina church, “I refuse to ignore the race in this issue… we are not in a post-racial area… in fact, racism has a second breath in America today, and last night it got new oxygen.”

But religious and activist leaders joined in calling for any public protests to remain peaceful.

Several ministers called for prayer vigils outside federal courthouses.

Congressman Danny Davis told parishioners at a West Side church, “Tearing up the neighborhood doesn’t bring Trayvon Martin back.”

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18 Comments to “Zimmerman acquittal spurs Chicago protests”

    Tired of wa$te said:
    July 15, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Pfleger is an absolute joke. What does he not understand about the jury coming to their decision? They made that decision based on the evidence that was presented to them by defense and prosecution. Way to fuel the fires Pfleger. What would Jesus do? Maybe you should go back to seminary and re-take some of your classes. You should not be in the priesthood.

      DAN WEIMER said:
      July 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      You are so right. Pfleger just needs to go away to another country or something. He makes my skin crawl. All this martin stuff happened a thousand miles and we have our own problems. Some of these activists need to go to work, that four letter word there alergic to.

    Marion Hart said:
    July 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Pfleger is totally wrong for getting involved in this case. He needs to ask God for forgiveness. He has spoken his true colors now. And lost his faith in God. He should be dismissed from his perish.

    carole said:
    July 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Pfleger should get together with Jessie Jackson and do something about the blacks in Chicago. They keep talking about other cities in the US, but there sure is a lot of problems in their own back yard.

    Joe said:
    July 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Just another fool jumping on the bandwagon to further his personal opinions , this makes sense because he cannot abide by the rules of his church, uses the congregation to stay at the same church while other priests rotate parishes and follow church rules. Makes me wonder just what he has going on in that Parrish ??????

    Dora said:
    July 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Father Michael Pfleger told his parishioners at St. Sabina church, “I refuse to ignore the race in this issue… we are not in a post-racial area… in fact, racism has a second breath in America today, and last night it got new oxygen.”

    NOTE TO FATHER PFLEGER!!!! GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS HISPANIC, SAVE YOUR RACE ISSUE FOR SOME OTHER BANDWAGON CASE.

      sps said:
      July 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      To Dora: HE'S WHITE AND HISPANIC…..GET IT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Dora said:
        July 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        yep, so is Obama, but guess what, he's categorized as BLACK!

        Lil Irish said:
        July 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        He is 100% HISPANIC – you get it right!

        sps said:
        July 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Sorry but he's half white!

      DAN WEIMER said:
      July 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      1/2 spanish 1/2 white

        sps said:
        July 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Thank you Dan maybe Lil Irish can read!

    sps said:
    July 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Father Michael Pfleger can say and do whatever he likes but the truth be told Zimmerman is not guilty. Just so everyone knows Zimmerman is White and Hispanic so please don't mistake that.!

      Dora said:
      July 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      When you look Hispanic, you are categorized as Hispanic, just like ME!!!!!! I don't claim to be white, my skin is brown. So if you are not mixed race, you wouldn't understand.

    Cecilia said:
    July 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    This is not a racial issue. Al Sharpin, Jesse Jackson, NAACP, Pfleger are all the racist. And I don’t care if he was 1/2 white. Someone needs to sue these people for false accusations and the media too. The blacks here in Chicago are killing each other, I don’t see them coming over here to help. That goes to show you they don’t even care about there own black people. I want Al Sharkin to come here and wear a hoody without letting anyone know who he is and let’s see how soon he will get shot and it won’t be long before one the blacks around Pfleger do harm to him.

    Jock E Shift said:
    July 15, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    The only stink they raise is running their mouths trying to get guns taken away from legit owners. Schmucks!

    ANKay said:
    July 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I guess the laws of physics must be racist too. These protesters neglect to listen to evidence. Maybe they should protest over the grave of Sir Isaac Newton.

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