Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. New York City – Hundreds of people came to Union Square park and marched to demand justice for 17yo Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was murdered by George Zimmermanon on February 26, 2012.
His parents parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin attended the rally. As of 3/24/12, more than one million seven hundred thousand people had signed the online petition asking Florida Attorney General (Pam Bondi), Sanford Police Chief (Bill Lee), US Attorney General (Eric Holder) and Florida’s 4th District State’s Attorney (Angela Corey) to call for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.
Miercoles, 21 de Marzo, 2012. Ciudad de Nueva York – Cientos de personas vinieron al parque Union Square y marcharon para demandar justicia para el adolescente de 17 años, Trayvon Martin. Trayvon fue asesinado por George Zimmermanon el 26 de Febrero del 2012 en Florida.
Los padres de Martin estuvieron presentes. Hasta hoy, 24/3/2012, más de un millon setecientos mil personas han firmado la petición en Internet pidiendo a diferentes autoridades que se haga justicia a Trayvon Martin y su familia.
I COULD BE TRAYVON MARTIN
“As people of color, we are providing a platform to share with each other, and with the world, our “Trayvon Stories” — the times we were similarly racially profiled by police or vigilantes, and could have ended up dead after doing nothing more than the everyday activity typical of human beings living in a supposedly free society. We deserve and demand real inclusion for our voices and experiences in leading the country we all share.”
Submit Your “Trayvon Story”
This is a space for people who’ve experienced the prejudice that men and boys of color face, to share their stories about a night (or day) that they were in Trayvon Martin’s position. Share with them your story.
“Prosecute George Zimmerman, the killer of our son, 17 years old Trayvon Martin”_parents of Trayvon
Obama spoke out publicly Friday for the first time on the matter. “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” Obama told reporters in response to a question. “And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.” He also said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
On 03/22/2012The Huffington Post reports that “At a hastily called press conference Thursday afternoon, Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. announced that beleaguered police Chief Bill Lee Jr. is stepping down temporarily amid growing anger over his handling of the investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin. Bonaparte told reporters that he hoped the move would “restore calm to the city of Sanford” and help speed the case through the legal process.”
On Thursday, March 22th, 2012, the Sanford City Commission voted 3-2 that it had no confidence in Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. over his handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Velma Williams, the city’s only black commissioner, said she spent 15 years trying to bring together the black community and white community, and the Martin episode has taken an emotional toll. “And now this. It’s a national embarrassment,” she said.
Two lawmakers who crafted the Stand Your Ground Law say the measure doesn’t apply to the shooter of Trayvon Martin, a Miami teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and he should face charges.
“He has no protection under my law,” said Former Sen. Durell Peaden, one of the law’s authors, The Miami Herald reported. “They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid.” Peaden said that when George Zimmerman told dispatch that he was following Martin he lost his defense under the law.
There’s still been no arrest!
This Monday, March 26th at 4:00pm, members of MoveOn.org will deliver to the Justice Department’s headquarters in Washington, DC the petition calling for JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN. It’s been nearly a month since the high school junior was gunned down walking home from a convenience store, the victim of senseless violence. And today, his killer remains free.
No one has sufficient answers to that burning question. And public outrage is growing. Sign and share the petition with your family, friends and neighbors. The family wants to send the strongest message possible to Attorney General Holder that they want justice now! This is not the time to give up, but to dig deeper. Trayvon Martin’s murder is an affront to decency, civil rights, and freedom. Take a minute to sign and share.
RALLY & PETITION DELIVERY:
DATE: Monday, March 26th
LOCATION: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
Robert F. Kennedy Building
1425 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530
TIME: 4:00PM TO 5:00PM
SHARE YOUR #MILLIONHOODIES PICTURES
If you have a photo wearing your hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin and justice, please upload it to millionhoodi.es and show your support.
After the march, many people stayed in the park, until the NYPD closed Union Square. Look at the pictures here.Gallery is empty!
VIDEOS OF THE RALLY AND MARCH IN NYC.
“The speaker is Brian Jones a Teacher, Writer and Activist we interviewed during the rally/march. He connects the killing of Trayvon Martin to Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow and the view of black and brown men as criminals. The results of this criminalization has not only led to the mass incarceration of black men but also the murder of them like what happened with Trayvon Martin.”
“The parents of Trayvon Martin speaking to the crowd gathered in Union Square about the killing of their son Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.”
“Footage from the Million Hoodie March – Union Square, NYC 3/21/12. Photographed/Directed by: John Forté”
“Trayvon Martin Million Hoodie March. NYC, March 21, 2012 pt.3 of 3. Since Feb. 26, self appointed neighborhood watch George Zimmerman has been free and has retained his firearm after he shot to death 17 year old Trayvon Martin who was visiting his father in the gated Seminole County, FL community.”
President Obama: “If I Had A Son, He Would Look Like Trayvon”