What Will Trayvon Martin Rallies in Montgomery Accomplish?


By Ashley Thompson

Tomorrow, there will be rallies across the country to protest the 'Not Guilty' verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Montgomery is one of hundreds of cities participating. But what will these rallies accomplish?

It's a case that has split the country.

"Everybody, every state I know of, even other countries...they know about the Trayvon Martin incident," says Virginia native Aubrey Askew.

And now Montgomery is one of 100 cities participating in a "Justice For Trayvon" rally, where hundreds are expected to show. Minister Earl Wagner is heading Montgomery's event and tells us he believes a protest of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is necessary.

"A lot of the same battles are being fought regarding social issues, civil rights issues, just basic rights given to us by the Constitution," he says.

Preachers nationwide are organizing the protests, all of which will be in front of federal buildings. Wagner says all of these rallies have one more thing in common.

"The whole focus is to bring attention to the fact that the Department of Justice needs to take a look at the Trayvon Martin case."

Participants are asking the Justice Department to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman. But will it work?

"I'm not sure if it's effective or not," says Florida native Laura Hall. "If they keep it civilized, I think it will be okay because everybody has a right to their opinion."

Montgomery's rally is being monitored closely by law enforcement, which some say is the key to a successful event.

"They should have people that are positive influences to control the rallies so that nobody has to worry about any violence," says Askew.

Although nobody really knows what will happen as a result of these protests, some say it's worth a shot.

"If you don't do anything for yourself in trying to get your point across, nobody else will," says Montgomery resident Wesley Ashley. "And so it will be very necessary to put forth an effort."

The 'Justice For Trayvon Martin' march to the Capitol from the Frank M. Johnson Federal Courthouse will begin at 11AM.

The "I am Trayvon Martin" Peace Rally will start at 3 p.m. in front of the capitol.


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Shawn Russell said on Saturday, Jul 20 at 6:18 PM

If you missed the march in Montgomery today 7/20/2013 You REALLY missed out! This was one heck of a rally with MANY MANY local activists from Alabama! Great praise! Loving worship, and DARE I SAY... The Montgomery PD were absolutely awesome! The chief and all of the the officers involved were extremely kind and helpful, and the P.D. organized busses to carry all of the marchers to the beginning of the march area after the event was concluded! I am on an emotional high right now! I feel the spirit of the 60's movement beginning again with many different races supporting it! God Bless Alabama and God bless Montgomery and all of our citizens and officers!

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Barbara Sanders said on Saturday, Jul 20 at 1:08 PM

You think GZ and Frank Taffe and the police didn't have conversation about Blacks. Wake up look how the racist try to present Trayvon...as if their teenagers are perfect...that woman juror thinks her children are angels...that's a joke! They will get there's...GOD don't like ugly and I thank GOD for revealing these satan children, who go to sleep with hate and wake up with it!!!

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Me said on Saturday, Jul 20 at 12:30 PM

LOL & WTF? "How can someone walk free when he was heared clair as day how us blacks always get away. Oh not to night, this N is not going to get away tonight, I'm super Cop!!"

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DaisyLou said on Saturday, Jul 20 at 11:22 AM

Ashley Thompson, your ending statement of "They will also be protesting the Stand Your Ground Law which allowed George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin" is TOTALLY incorrect. Mr. Zimmerman was charged and tried for 2nd Degree murder based Self-Defense. I ask you to please get your facts correct before your report and make un-true statements.

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Larry Perry Sr. said on Friday, Jul 19 at 9:39 PM

The people of Tuskegee, will be rallieing as well down town in the square at 1:00 pm July 20, 2013 this Satuday. We as parents do not want another killing like this to happen to another one of our children. Black or White. What would God Do? Now everyday we have to worry if something like this will happen to our children. How can someone walk free when he was heared clair as day how us blacks always get away. Oh not to night, this N is not going to get away tonight, I'm super Cop!! Please join us.

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