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Chicago Rallies for Trayvon Martin
Over 150 people gathered Friday in Chicago to march in protest of the “senseless killing” of Trayvon Martin, 17. The marchers carried “bags of Skittles candy and cans of iced tea,” just as Trayvon was when he was shot by a community watchman who claimed he shot the teenager in self defense, according to the Sun Times.
Marchers chanted “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” as they traversed the city. One of the marchers, Ed Davis, said, “It has gone on too many times, too many years now you know this has come to a head and it is time for us all to speak out not just black people but everybody.”
Despite the evidence against him, Trayvon’s shooter has not been arrested and both the lack of an arrest and what is perceived as inadequate handling of the case, has spurred nationwide protests, with demonstrators donning hoodies and forcing a national discourse on racism and the necessity of justice.
The reason Zimmerman has not been charged with murder is that it is “difficult to arrest and prosecute homicide suspects who claim self-defense” under Florida’s Sand Your Ground Law, according to ABC.
Public outrage has grown recently, and in response President Obama spoke out Friday, saying, “If I had son, he’d look like Trayvon. I think [his parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness that it deserves.”
Throughout the demonstrations held in the interest of justice for Trayvon Martin, there is a sentiment of universality – the child that was shot could have been anyone’s child, and the issue therefore is not just a local one. Velma Henderson, one of the Chicagoan marchers, said:

“We thought that we had arrived when we got Dr. King and he made way for us, so we just stopped marching…Now people do stuff to us and we just say, ‘Oh, it ain’t my problem, it ain’t my son, it ain’t my daughter.’ But it’s all our kids.”

Chicago Rallies for Trayvon Martin

Over 150 people gathered Friday in Chicago to march in protest of the “senseless killing” of Trayvon Martin, 17. The marchers carried “bags of Skittles candy and cans of iced tea,” just as Trayvon was when he was shot by a community watchman who claimed he shot the teenager in self defense, according to the Sun Times.

Marchers chanted “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” as they traversed the city. One of the marchers, Ed Davis, said, “It has gone on too many times, too many years now you know this has come to a head and it is time for us all to speak out not just black people but everybody.”

Despite the evidence against him, Trayvon’s shooter has not been arrested and both the lack of an arrest and what is perceived as inadequate handling of the case, has spurred nationwide protests, with demonstrators donning hoodies and forcing a national discourse on racism and the necessity of justice.

The reason Zimmerman has not been charged with murder is that it is “difficult to arrest and prosecute homicide suspects who claim self-defense” under Florida’s Sand Your Ground Law, according to ABC.

Public outrage has grown recently, and in response President Obama spoke out Friday, saying, “If I had son, he’d look like Trayvon. I think [his parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness that it deserves.”

Throughout the demonstrations held in the interest of justice for Trayvon Martin, there is a sentiment of universality – the child that was shot could have been anyone’s child, and the issue therefore is not just a local one. Velma Henderson, one of the Chicagoan marchers, said:

“We thought that we had arrived when we got Dr. King and he made way for us, so we just stopped marching…Now people do stuff to us and we just say, ‘Oh, it ain’t my problem, it ain’t my son, it ain’t my daughter.’ But it’s all our kids.”

President Obama gave his reactions to the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Friday, saying it was “a tragedy” and that a federal investigation of the case was crucial.

"I can only imagine what these parents are going through," Mr. Obama said from the White House Rose Garden, as CBS News reported, “and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, 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 how this tragedy happened.”

The Justice Department has begun investigating the shooting that happened on Feb. 26 when the unarmed Martin was killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, who claimed he did it in self-defense.

Protesters have been gathering around the country, demanding justice for Trayvon’s murder.  The “Million Hoodie March” took place in New York this week as well as a rally that attracted hundreds to Leimert Park in Los Angeles.  Rallies are expected to continue- and intensify- this weekend as the outcries for justice surge.

President Obama gave his reactions to the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Friday, saying it was “a tragedy” and that a federal investigation of the case was crucial.

"I can only imagine what these parents are going through," Mr. Obama said from the White House Rose Garden, as CBS News reported, “and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, 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 how this tragedy happened.”

The Justice Department has begun investigating the shooting that happened on Feb. 26 when the unarmed Martin was killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, who claimed he did it in self-defense.

Protesters have been gathering around the country, demanding justice for Trayvon’s murder.  The “Million Hoodie March” took place in New York this week as well as a rally that attracted hundreds to Leimert Park in Los Angeles.  Rallies are expected to continue- and intensify- this weekend as the outcries for justice surge.

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