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article imageL.A. protest on Trayvon:'Our boys and girls have a right to live' Special

By Ruth Hull     Aug 4, 2013 in Crime
Los Angeles - Following a unanimous L. A. City Council resolution calling for a civil rights investigation into George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin, Angelinos again rallied, demanding Zimmerman be jailed for what many Angelinos see as a cold-blooded murder
On July 31, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously (13-0) adopted a resolution calling on federal prosecutors to investigate possible civil rights violations in Trayvon Martin’s death.
But according to Pastor Jonathon Moseley, the resolution didn't go far enough. The crowd at the August 3rd Pershing Square rally strongly agreed with the Pastor. The event was attended by people of all races: Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Persians, Asians, etc., all united in the memory of Trayvon Martin. Angelinos I've spoken with at the rally at and elsewhere are angry about the verdict and fear for the safety of children everywhere because of the verdict in the Zimmerman case. Over and over again, demonstrators remarked that Zimmerman was a racist who had gotten away with murdering a Black child and that every Black Child in America was in danger until justice is done in Florida.
Usually when you go to a rally, there are counter-protesters. Zimmerman didn't have any supporters or at least not any visible ones in the vicinity of Pershing Square during the event. The verdict was on July 13th and the anger and fear are mounting, not diminishing. Pastor Moesely said, "We are standing for justice. We will not go away."
The Pershing Square rally was sponsored by ANSWER LA; National Action Network - Los Angeles; Project Islamic Hope; S.C.L.C. (Southern Christian Leadership Conference); Coalition for Community Control Over the Police; Community Education for Social Action (CESA); KmB - Pro-People Youth; Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD) and numerous other groups.
Latinos were united against Zimmerman in this protest. Referring to Zimmerman, speaker Jubilee Shine stated clearly:
Don't let anyone tell you he's Hispanic. If he had been Jorge Juniga, he would have been put under the jail.
Protester after protester echoed the sentiment that George Zimmerman had murdered their own son. The crowd repeatedly broke out in the chant:
My son, your son, Trayvon is our son.
Reverend William Smart voiced the sentiment of the crowd when he said:
Our boys and girls have a right to live. I’m tired of our boys and girls dying.
More than anything, there was fear. Crowd members were convinced that if the killing of unarmed Black Children did not stop with Zimmerman, every Black child in America was in danger of being murdered in cold blood because of the color of his skin.
One of the most touching moments was the reading of a poem by one of the children: Keyanna Celina. The poem was entitled: "Watch out for your Neighborhood Zimmerman."
The backwards roll of civil rights was acknowledged by speaker after speaker. Among the concerns was that Blacks have fewer rights now than prior to 1970 and it’s getting worse. One protester named Diego pointed out that there are currently more Blacks in prison than there were slaves during the height of slavery in America.
From the microphone, it was pointed out that the man who had "murdered" a Black child had since been stopped with a gun and still had the right to carry a gun and that this killer was on tour, sort of a reward for the killing.
An undeniable example of the inequities of the Florida Justice system is the case of Marissa Alexander, an abused mother of three, who fired a warning shot into the ceiling after her abuser broke into her home. Her estranged husband Rico Gray admitted she never pointed the gun at him. Yet she received 20 years in contrast to George Zimmerman, who actually pointed a gun at a child and fired, killing the boy, and is free to continue carrying a gun. (As an aside, this has been America's answer to domestic violence for too long - treat the victim as a criminal and the perpetrator as some kind of hero.) Pastor Moseley pointed out that the only thing harmed by Marissa's bullet was plaster. To say the least, it angers people that plaster is considered more important than a Black child's life in Florida.
Marcher John Blyth noted that that we need a new system. We need to retire the current police and get new officers who will do their jobs. He passionately said that the same applies to the judges.
One thing is clear. The fear and the anger are here to stay and growing. The only thing that will calm the fears of parents across America will be action that shows that the life of a Black child means more than plaster. The largest city in America just voted to call on Eric Holder to conduct a civil rights investigation into the Trayvon Martin shooting. There are a lot more each of Whites and Latinos than there are Blacks in Los Angeles and the City Council vote means that non-Blacks are united with Blacks in wanting to see justice for Trayvon Martin. In less than four years, Eric Holder will be going back into the private sector and having to answer to parents who are counting on him to make it safe for their children to walk the streets. Unless Eric Holder is planning to get his next job with the KKK, he might want to listen to the parents and do what it takes to end the fear and to assure mothers and fathers that it is no longer legal to kill children just because of the color of their skin.
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