Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. New York City – Today, people in the United States of America and around the world will wear a hoodie (also called a hooded sweatshirt or hoody) to show support for justice for Trayvon Martin!
NBC News has confirmed that the parents of teenager Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin will attend a march in support of Martin on Wednesday evening in Union Square, New York City.
Michael Jackson Fans of New York City will be at today’s rally and march to show their support and love for Trayvon and his parents.
DemocracyNow.org: “The Justice Department and the FBI have announced they will conduct a criminal probe of the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the ensuing police investigation that allowed his killer to walk free. Martin, an African-American student at Michael Krop Senior High School, was visiting his father in a gated community in the town of Sanford, Florida, on February 26 when he walked out to a nearby convenience store to buy candy and iced tea. On his way back, Martin was spotted by the shooter, George Zimmerman, who had been patrolling the neighborhood. Zimmerman has told police he was attacked by Martin from behind. But in the tape of Zimmerman’s own 911 call to the police, Zimmerman tells the dispatcher he is the one following Martin. The Miami Herald reports Zimmerman had taken it upon himself to patrol the neighborhood and had called police 46 times since January 2011 to report suspicious activity or other incidents. We play excerpts of the 911 calls and speak with Jasmine Rand, an attorney who heads the civil rights division at Parks & Crump Law Firm, which is representing Trayvon Martin’s family. “I think we have all of the evidence in the world to arrest him. And I think what the state attorney is trying to do is to try the case and the investigation, and that’s not the state attorney’s job,” Rand says.”
This is the info on the facebook page in support of Martin, “Last month (February 26th), 17 year old Trayvon Martin was gunned down, while walking near his home in a majority white owned gated community in Sanford, FL. Apparently, Martin, who is black, looked suspicious to Neighborhood Watch Captain, George Zimmerman, 26, who, from his car, called 911 to report the “suspicious” looking character. Against direct orders from 911 operators, Zimmerman, who allegedly stated “th…ey always get away” decided to be over zealous in his modest, self-appointed position of Captain and directly approached Trayvon, 9MM in tow instigating an altercation which ended with Trayvon lying dead a mere 70 feet from his front door with Skittles in one pocket and an Arizona Tea in the other.
According to Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Zimmerman, an upstanding citizen of Sanford with no record and a mediocre academic background, had no intent of killing Martin and because of injuries sustained in the altercation, acting in his duties as Neighborhood Watch Captain, very well could have shot in self defense, DESPITE his unlawful vigilantism towards a resident of his OWN community. Zimmerman, was the real aggressor, he had no right to disobey the orders given to him, which was confirmed by Chief Lee himself. He further has no right to remain a free man under NO CHARGES!
This is an awful injustice and the City of Sanford, County of Seminole and State of Florida are doing an absolute abysmal job at serving it’s constituents. The family had to file suit in order to get the 911 tapes because the city has been all but mum citing the “investigation.” I urge all of you to get active and let the City of Sanford, County of Seminole and State of Florida know NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!”
Statement from Trayvon’s parents: “On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.
Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community’s self appointed “neighborhood watch leader,” called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn’t been charged for murdering our son.
Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone….
When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.
The Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer – saying he’s “a college grad” who took a class in criminal justice.
Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida’s 18th District State’s Attorney, to investigate my son’s murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.”
Comments from people on facebook:
“This could have been my 12 year old son who wears his hoodie EVERYWHERE. Where is the Justice? #millionhoodies”_Trice S. Hicks
“#MillionHoodies for #TrayvonMartin. I stand with you for justice, while recognizing that, as a white-identified person, I will never have to fear for my life while dressed this way.”_Heidi Heilig
“I had a moment last night of feeling powerless when thinking about Trayvon’s story. But there is certainly strength in numbers and I am counting down the hours until I can shout for justice in Union Square tonight._B.I. Hazelwood
“Wearing a hoodie in solidarity for Trayvon Martin. Today is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.”_Malcolm Harris-Perez
“Can’t be there in person but will be there in spirit!!!”_Kelly Howe
“There in spirit from Detroit. Trayvon could have been a kid in Detroit. One of my students even… one of our sons…Justice must be served…”_Heidi West
“Support from the UK”_Lego Dave
“Justice shall be served upon those who keep destroying the need for peace amongst us as a unified people.”_Christina Her-era
“Virtually attending the #millionhoodies march for Trayvon Martin”_Kristin Fields
“Our children should not have to die because of bigotry and racism. We are better than this.”_Susan Bernofsky
“A call for justice from Holland!”_Marleen de Moor
“My son wearing his hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin.”_Ayman El-Sayed
“Justice for Trayvon Martin and the murder of all Black bodies from Chicago, Illinois.”_Johnny Golightly
“Justice should be blind.”_Mickie Quinn Boggs
“I often think about what people think I’m up to when I’m walking down the street at night with my hood. How can I not when things like this happen? How can I not when young brown and black folks are suspected, arrested, and murdered just for being. I wear this hoodie in solidarity. I wear this hoodie for justice. I wear this hoodie for you, Trayvon. Rest in Power.”_Zanetta Byers-Harris
“This is my son, my nephew, my grandnephews even my husband!!! I will definitely stand for this family and all the others who have lost their sons for no reason!!! I am truly upset and outraged on how this whole thing is being handled!!!”_Debbie Franklin
“Much love and solidarity to Trayvon’s family and to the victims of racism and hatred. This has to stop NOW!”_Annie Lindstrom
“My inexpressible sympathy goes to Trayvon’s family and friends. May his killer and all corrupt police be brought to justice and may this never happen again to anyone.”_Renate Robertson
“We want justice for Trayvon, but it doesn’t end with George Zimmerman being behind bars. It ends when our society stops creating a place where its ok to be a George Zimmerman and its deadly to be a Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman didn’t create the scary black guy syndrome. It is an awful dirty legacy of the racism and white privilege that still exists in this country. It is time for all of us not matter what race/gender etc. to no longer stand quietly by when injustice tries to dictate our lives. I want justice for all of the Trayvon Martin’s in this country.”_Kay Smith
“New York has to start making the fight for justice for Ramarley Graham, the 18 year old black youth killed by NYPD last month! The movement needs to organize public tribunals where the police and prosecutors are put on trial; we must get the truth out about the vicious actions of the police and attempt to cover up these incidents to the community! The same can and must be done around the arrests experienced by OWS and St Louis. We must start connecting these fights together. Our demand must be Jail the Racist and Cops Now!”_Tristan Armond Taylor
On Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, there is the march “A Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin in NYC.” People will march from Union Square to Washington Square Park.
If on Twitter take a picture of yourself in a hoodie and tag it with the hashtag #millionhoodies or post it on Facebook.
More info on the Trayvon Martin’s website
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