John J Santos: Civil War Relic Thief’s Sentence

March 24, 2012 by staff 

John J Santos: Civil War Relic Thief’s Sentence, Thousands of people in cities across the country planned to march this weekend to call for justice in memory of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

Rallies were planned Saturday in Washington, Chicago, Dallas and Tampa, Fla. Seattle, Baltimore and Atlanta were among other cities hosting weekend events. Protesters were encouraged to wear hoodies – the type of garment Martin had on when he was killed.

In Tampa, up to 1,000 people marched to one of the city’s busiest intersections, the Tampa Bay Times reported. They carried signs that said, “I am Trayvon” and “Arrest Zimmerman for a cold-blooded murder” or “Justice for Trayvon.” Many wore hoodies and carried bags of Skittles, just as Martin did at the time he was shot, according to the Times.

In Columbia, S.C., hundreds of people gathered in Finlay Park, reported. “Trayvon is the Emmitt Till of our generation,” said event co-chair Chris Sullivan. He’s referring to the Mississippi 14-year-old who was beaten to death in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

“‘A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ those are the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King and that’s why we’re here today,” said Sullivan. More than 1.7 million people have signed an online petition urging that the shooter be prosecuted.

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