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Thousands rally for Trayvon Martin in Chicago

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.


11 Comments to “Thousands rally for Trayvon Martin in Chicago”

    Tired of wa$te said:
    July 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Jackson and Pfleger, please go away —— FOR EVER!!!!

    Indiana neighbor said:
    July 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Will a thousand people protest for the little 6 year old south side girl that got shot today. try putting a little effort into decreasing the gang violence in your community and the rest of America will show compassion

    Black American said:
    July 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    over 200 homicides in Chicago so far this year and counting, boycott Florida..?? Really….???

    DC123 said:
    July 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Still, "Not Guilty"..You made the news…hurray!…now what?…There was no evidence..Even Sir Charles Barkley said so.
    What about the Americans that died at Benghazi? Ask your resident "2nd Term man" about that.

    Donna Tackett said:
    July 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    People are dying on the streets of Chicago everyday … and the Martin case is what woke you up … SERIOUSLY??????

    Joe said:
    July 21, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    The article should mention the MILLIONS who do not support this mob attempt at over-ruling a jury's decision.

    Buford T. Justice said:
    July 21, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Before Sharpton and Jackson accuse anyone of racism in this country, they need to look in the mirror and the answer will appear in front of them.

    Jock E Shift said:
    July 21, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    So Stevie Wonder can't see doing concerts in Florida…hmmm…

    jaynie said:
    July 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Maybe if these people rallying put down their signs and put on their neighborhood watch hats on they could have prevented the dozen or so shootings in Chicago neighborhoods this weekend.
    But keep on with the protest of a man who was found innocent and a blind eye to what is really going on.

    Hal said:
    July 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Go ahead boycott Florida, shorter lines for me at Disney and more peaceful and quieter.

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