Justice for Trayvon Martin will be the focus of a rally Saturday morning outside the Federal Court Building. New Orleans supporters will join other cities holding similar rallies across the country. For more on what to expect, here’s WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter.
The “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was echoed across the nation; and since then there have been wide-spread demonstrations protesting the jury’s decision. In a show of solidarity communities across the country will gather Saturday for one purpose:
“To make sure that we send a message to Washington that we want the Department of Justice to conduct a complete, full, and open investigation into the murder of Trayvon Martin,” says Denatus King.
King is organizing the rally in New Orleans; from 11am-1pm at 500 Poydras. It’s one of more than 100-similar rallies planned at the exact same time.
“So it’s going to be a powerful message when we see folks from the east coast, to the west coast; from the north to the south all with one purpose in mind and that’s to demand justice,” King said.
But not all of the demonstrations have been peaceful. Police in Oakland had to use force to regain order, when passions ran high. It’s why New Orleans police will be on stand-by.
In a statement NOPD Spokeswoman Remi Braden said, “We can assure the community that we will be in sufficient force to protect the safety of the people.”
“No, no we don’t expect trouble,” King said. King says positive energy will be used to organize and effect local and national change.
For anyone planning to show up and show out, King says… “500 Poydras is not the place for them to be tomorrow; plain and simple.”
King says Saturday’s rally is not all about speeches and getting pumped up. There will be voter registration, and opportunities for people to sign up with organizations making positive change in the community.