Hoodies Up!

A Justice for Trayvon Martin rally is coming to L.A. this weekend. This Sunday March 25th Angelinos will have an opportunity to show support and fellowship with nationwide efforts supporting Justice for Trayvon Martin. A rally is set to take place at 2 pm on Crenshaw Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard. Participants will travel along S. Crenshaw Blvd. to Leimert Park, at S. Crenshaw Blvd. and West 43rd Place, Los Angeles. The rally is expected to last until 5 p.m. Organizers, including members of “Occupy The Hood, LA” say supporters will be carrying signs and wearing hoodies.

Trayvon Martin is the well-liked 17-year-old African American high school student who was fatally shot on February 26th by the neighborhood watch captain of a gated community in Stanford, Fl. The case has reached national attention because George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old overzealous night watch volunteer, was never arrested, claiming self-defense. Recent release of the 911 tapes may tell a different story. Zimmerman called 911 and reported, “There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.” As heard on the 911 tapes, Zimmerman was told not to follow the teen. He ignored these instructions, which tragically resulted in the death of a young man who was guilty only of wearing a hoodie and being armed with a pack of skittles and an Arizona iced tea. The Department of Justice has confirmed it will investigate the shooting. This comes after weeks of criticism from Martin’s family and their supporters, including Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, and the Miami Heat. There was also an on-line petition signed by more than 1 million people calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.

In an effort to support the family and protest what many see as an injustice, rallies have been occurring all over the country. On Wednesday in New York City, Martin’s parents gave speeches at A Million Hoodies March, in hopes of calling attention to the case. A face book page “Justice for Trayvon Martin,” has more information about the on-going investigation and national events surrounding the unarmed teen’s death.

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