Grab a hoodie and a bag of Skittles. People are gathering at the Greater Mt. Baker Baptist Church Sunday afternoon to protest the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and the reluctance or inability for prosecutors there to pursue charges against the shooter.
Martin was unarmed when a neighborhood watch leader, George Zimmerman, shot him to death. Martin, who was black, was drinking an iced tea and had a bag of Skittles on him at the time, but Zimmerman told police Martin looked “suspicious.” His death has sparked national outrage. The local Police Chief stepped down amid intense protests there, but that has done little to ease the anger as protests spread to cities all over the country.
The Seattle rally starts at 4 p.m., and participants will march to MLK Memorial Park.
Rally at 4pm
Greater Mt.Baker Baptist Church,
2425 South Jackson Street
March at 4:30pm to
MLK Memorial Park,
2200 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old black male from Florida, was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch officer named George Zimmerman. Zimmerman followed Martin on the grounds that his behavior was “suspicious” despite having been told not to do so while on the phone with 911.
Investigation shows misconduct on the part of the police officials on scene, ultimately leading to Zimmerman’s walking free. While the evidence continues to pile up showing that Zimmerman’s assertion that he shot Martin in self defense is a fabrication it makes sense that we should stand in solidarity with Martin and make sure that justice is accounted for. Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie that night–clearly the reason for his suspiciousness.
Here’s how YOU can help:
1) Sign the petition here (and don’t forget to share it on your facebook wall):
http://www.change.org/ petitions/ prosecute-the-killer-of-our -son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin
2) Wear a hoodie, bring a bag of skittles, a can of iced tea, and/or a sign demonstrating your support for the prosecution of George Zimmerman.
3) Invite your friends, coworkers, neighbors, anyone and everyone you know to this protest
Sponsors of the rally include:
Seattle King County NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Mothers for Police Accountability
American Friends Service Committee
Martin Luther King Celebration Committee
Greater Mt. Baker Baptist Church
Seattle Branch – International Socialist Organization
Social Equality Educators