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Peaceful Protest to be Held in Response to Zimmerman Verdict

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Ralliers will meet at the free speech wall at 8 p.m. Ralliers will meet at the free speech wall at 8 p.m.

A group of Charlottesville organizations is staging a peaceful protest on the downtown mall. It's in part a response to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

Former Charlottesville City Council candidate Wes Bellamy helped organize the Wednesday evening rally in coordination with the NAACP of Charlottesville and Albemarle, the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice and the First Baptist Church of West Main Street.

Organizers say they hope people from every demographic turn out, calling it a rally for "peace and justice and harmony." They say the goal is to open up dialogue between all people across the city about issues of race and equality.

Ralliers will meet at the free speech wall at 8 p.m., and then march to the federal courthouse where they'll host a vigil in honor of Trayvon Martin.

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