Rally to ‘demand … justice’ for Trayvon Martin is Monday night in Minneapolis

A rally — billed as a way to support Trayvon Martin after Saturday’s “not guilty” verdict of George Zimmerman in the Florida shooting case — will be held Monday night in Minneapolis.

The “#HoodiesUp for Trayvon Rally” is being organized by MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Organizers say on the Facebook invitation:

“There will be NO justice for Trayvon or the thousands of others like him who face racial profiling, mass incarceration, police brutality, and a criminal injustice system that allows people of color to be murdered time and time again with no consequences whatsoever.

“Thus we ask you to stand up on your block, in your community, in your city and join us in the streets at 6pm Monday at the Hennepin County Government Center. Come to express your sorrow, your rage, and your continuing demand for justice for Trayvon and beyond.”

Those attending are asked to bring a hoodie or wear a black armband.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Michele Olson on 07/15/2013 - 11:48 am.

    People of color?

    First off, I want to make it clear that I am horrified by the death of that poor kid, and the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. IMO, he ignored police instructions and chose to confront that boy, at the very least, he should have been sentenced for manslaughter.

    That said, I have a few concerns, maybe questions for what I’ve noticed is an extremely educated and intelligent readership.

    The word “racist” is used, and our thoughts tend to turn toward the image of white male supremacy. I’m not sure – and the census seems to back me on this – this is the case in Florida. If we can ignore the fact that race is really an ambiguous term that is more about perception than reality, and if we ignore the fact that many Hispanics consider themselves to be “white”, then I want to suggest that the power in Florida lies not so much in the hands of “white people”, as it does in the hands of Hispanics (confusingly, also considered “people of color.”)

    I’m not arguing the rightness of this. People come to America to build lives for themselves, and the political – and financial power of Hispanic Americans in Florida attests to this.

    So, the question I ask is, is it possible that the outcome of the trial is in part due to the fact that Trayvon was black, but also that Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic? Is this case the canary in the coal mine, that warns us of what could happen if we do not accept that any cultural group, any “race”, if you will, can be prone to discriminating and profiling other groups?

    Power and money talk. It is as simple as that. It is the power of the people, speaking through the words of the Constitution, that prevent those in power from crushing those who have none. I hope that the federal government will consider this case worth examining, but I’m concerned that politics and power – and the results of the next election – will interfere with the right thing.

    For “white” America, I also want to suggest that that canary is singing for us. Statistics indicate that in a very short time, we will be the minority. How do we want to be treated? What legacy do we want to leave behind for those who will hold the majority control?

  2. Submitted by Bob Lawrence on 07/15/2013 - 12:29 pm.

    Just wondering

    I have watched and read about this trial from the beginning. I still, even after this verdict, wonder why people are still claiming this was based on race. Did the prosecution do a bad job, maybe. Did the defense do a good job, probably. But by all accounts this should not have even gone to trial…based on current Florida law. If people don’t like the result of this trial, go out and protest the law, get that changed.

    That being said, I keep hearing and reading that people, the media included are saying somebody needs to go to jail because a person died. Well, 2 people died when OJ was found not guilty and nobody was concerned about that ending. Hundreds are being shot, including innocent children everyday in this country but there is hardly any outrage. Why not? There is a “no snitch” rule in some neighborhoods, including here in the Twin Cities. What is that all about. Maybe its because black on black crime is not as important as say a hispanic on black, or white on black. Maybe its time for change on all fronts.

  3. Submitted by Michele Olson on 07/15/2013 - 01:42 pm.

    Re Just wondering ..

    You make good points … except that the current Florida law excludes those people who have the right to be on the property. I gathered from news reports that Trayvon’s father was a resident of the development, or am I mistaken?

    Also, the law seems to indicate entry of some kind, into a dwelling or a car, not walking along a street. I’m not a lawyer, that’s just my perception.

    I agree that change needs to happen all all fronts, but it won’t come about if we don’t make the law stand for everyone.

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