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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.”