Rally for Trayvon Martin planned in Jacksonville

Published On: Jul 14 2013 09:17:39 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 14 2013 01:15:50 PM EDT

A peaceful protest is planned for downtown Sunday afternoon in memory of Trayvon Martin.

Organizers created a Facebook page titled, "Rally for Trayvon Martin in Jacksonville," and have invited thousands to take part.

The description reads, "Please join us in peaceful protest in memory of Trayvon Martin in this time of injustice. Let this meeting also serve as a springboard for coalition building in Jacksonville around systemic inequalities and repealing Stand Your Ground."

Organizers are asking people to meet at Hemming Plaza at 5 p.m.

This is one of many rallies planned around the country Sunday, a day after the jury found the former neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty. The case unleashed debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Some 200 protesters disappointed with the verdict marched early Sunday in downtown Tallahassee. Several of those taking part in the march expressed anger that the former neighborhood watch volunteer had been cleared of all charges in the shooting Martin.

Some in the group wore hoodies. Others carried signs that said "Racism is Not Dead" and "Who's Next?"

Marchers trekked from the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center before halting on the steps of the historic Old Capitol building. Tallahassee police cleared the road to the Capitol complex to accommodate the marchers.

After the verdict late Saturday night, some angry protesters in Oakland, Calif., broke windows, burned flags and started small street fires.

Beyonce called in a concert for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, rapper Young Jeezy released a song in Martin's memory and Russell Simmons called for peace after Zimmerman was acquitted.


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