By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
Trayvon Martin rally held Saturday in NYC
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
Rallies like one held in New York City were put together in cities all across the country to honor Trayvon Martin. Two rallies were held in the Kansas City metro.
It's been a week since George Zimmerman was acquitted in Martin's death and the case has sparked outrage across the nation.
National Action Network is organizing "Justice for Trayvon" vigils in over 100 cities across the country on Saturday to press the federal government to investigate civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
One rally started organizing at 9 a.m. and officially began at 11 a.m. at the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse on Ninth Street between Locust and Oak streets.
The I Am Trayvon Martin rally for peace started about 6 p.m. at the Big Eleven Lake near 11th Street and Washington Boulevard in Kansas City, KS.
Organizers at the KCK rally have lined up a wide range of speakers focusing on how to get involved in your community to make it better for everyone. Pastors, activists and politicians are all expected to speak. The goal is to move forward as a community.
"Tonight is about supporting the Trayvon Martin family and letting them know that they have full support of Kansas City, KS," said organizer Tamika Pledger. "Tonight we would like to have a peace rally because there are some issues in Wyandotte County that we all need to address as a whole, that we all need to unite as a whole, so tonight is not just about Trayvon Martin, but it's about how can we move our community forward, and how can we get things done in our own community so things like that won't happen again."
Organizers expected between 300 and 400 people to attend.
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:12:05 GMT
The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.More >
Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...More >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:42:09 GMT
Canadian police say pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.More >
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation involving a photographer, his...More >