Trayvon Martin Supporters Rally in Charlottesville
Protests and rallies have popped up across the country since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. Wednesday night, people who felt the justice system let Martin down marched on Charlottesville's downtown mall.
Hundreds turned out to say what happened in the Trayvon Martin case will never happen here.
"It shows that people care and they are not just going to stand around waiting for people to do things," said protester Maya Hesselroth.
Hundreds gathered around the Free Speech Wall around 8 p.m. – unfazed by the rain and thunder – to listen to speakers in front of City Hall and then began to march and chant all the way to the federal courthouse.
Organizers say the driving force behind the rally was to show Charlottesville can be a united community that will not tolerate injustice.
"Tonight we showed that those kind of things will not happen in this community because this community will come together. We will rally around injustice and we will show the kids of the future that you are precious," said Wes Bellamy, a rally organizer.
Hundreds of Trayvon Martin supporters also signed a petition asking City Council to hold monthly discussions about race.
Organizers say the next steps are to have honest conversations about race and injustice in Charlottesville to try to put the past behind them.
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Thursday, July 24 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:06:07 GMT
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