One week after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, a crowd gathered in Chicago’s Federal Plaza on Saturday protesting the ruling while expressing deep-rooted frustrations over racial profiling and the justice system.
“The verdict was a galvanizing moment for people,” protester David Lowery Jr. said. “I’m hoping this is a platform for black latinos and whites to come together. This is America. We’re a melting pot.
Of the 6,000 people at the rally,some waved signs and others wore hooded sweatshirts like the one Martin wore on the night of his death.
Speakers took to the podium one-by-one, vowing to fight racism, racial profiling and violence targeting black youth.
“The bullet that killed Trayvon Martin woke us up,” Roman Catholic Priest and social activist Michael Pfleger said. “And we aren’t going back to sleep until justice flows down.”
Reverend Jesse Jackson said there are “Trayvon Martins” in every town and encouraged people to fight with their wallets.
“We must all boycott Florida and stop stand your ground,” Jackson said. “No more concerts. No more conventions. No more spring breaks. We must stand our ground until Florida’s law is abolished.