Atlanta Trayvon Rally

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Atlanta Trayvon Rally, Atlanta residents held a rally Thursday night to call for justice in the shooting death of a teenager in Florida. Several hundred people turned out at the rally at Providence Missonary Baptist Church, organized by Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

Speakers demanded the arrest of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch activist, claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.

Sanford, Fla. Police Chief Bill Lee and his officers did not arrest Zimmerman.

Supporters at the rally were urged to flood the phone lines at the Justice Department, Florida’s state attorney and Sanford Police.

On Thursday, Lee announced that he would step down while the investigation is underway. Speakers at the rally demanded that Lee be fired.

The rally also focused on what organizers called unjust racial stereotyping of young black men.

“It’s extremely important to have a rally, not only here but across America to lift the level of awareness as to what is going on,” said Reverand Gerald Durley of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Durley said that although he believes racial profiling is at the core of the Trayvon Martin case, he says many Americans are paralyzed by fear.

“People of consciousness in America must eradicate that fear regardless of the color. This is just a symptomatic of the overall disease,” said Durley.

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