In New York, Florida, Beyond, Protesters Demand Justice in Killing of Trayvon Martin

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In New York, Florida, Beyond, Protesters Demand Justice in Killing of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin's mom: "Our son is your son."

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Common Dreams staff

The killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the Orlando suburb of Sanford and subsequent lack of charges against Zimmerman has prompted fierce outcry and protests across the nation.

Yesterday protesters massed in New York City in what was dubbed the "Million Hoodie March." Marches calling for justice are scheduled for today in Los Angeles and in Martin's hometown of Sanford.

On Tuesday activists went to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office to demand the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement open an investigation into the killing.

Peter Rothberg writes, "The facts beyond dispute in Trayvon Martin’s murder offer a shocking, if sadly unsurprising, example of what it’s like to be young, black and male in much of America today."

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The Guardian/UK: Trayvon Martin's parents speak at New York march: 'Our son is your son'

The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose shooting death last month has sparked international outrage, described their heartache to a crowd of well over a thousand people at a New York City rally held in their son's honor.

"My son did not deserve to die," said Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother told the mass of supporters gathered in Union Square early in the evening on Wednesday. "Our son is your son." [...]

Dubbed the Million Hoodie March, the demonstration was called in response to the controversial killing of the unarmed, 17 year-old African American by Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea at the time of his death and wore a hooded sweatshirt. Zimmerman has not been arrested in the incident, though the US justice department has launched an investigation.

Supporters of Martin's family have blamed the Sanford police department for failing to investigate the teen's death properly.

"It's not about George Zimmerman," said Raphael Nelson, an attendee at Wednesday's demonstration. "It's about the fact the police came, they saw a dead boy on the floor and they left."

Trayvon Martin march: 'My son did not deserve to die'

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Bay News 9: Gov. Scott addresses activists at 'Justice for Trayvon' protest

TALLAHASSEE -- Dozens of activists flooded Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday to pass along a message but got to deliver it in person instead.

Activists are demanding that Scott open a Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement investigation into the recent death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

 

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