I know a few activist-types in St. Petersburg who have been searching for a local march to participate in and were about to coordinate their own for this Saturday. There’s no need to do any extra work — you can join in with one already planned.
The NCLC National Christian League of Councils will sponsor the “NCLC I Am Trayvon Martin March For Justice” on the Gulf of St. Petersburg this Saturday. The march will consist of youth groups, university students and organizations from throughout St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and Tarpon Springs that will march in support of the search for Truth and Justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.
Staging time is 9:45 a.m. The march will kick off at 10:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The march will begin at the Poynter Institute Park and old Dali Museum, 801 3rd Street South– proceed north of 3rd St. to 6th Ave. S. – turning north on 1st St. S. – proceeding to 2nd Ave. N. – turning east and proceeding to the Spa Beach Park.
The “NCLC I Am Trayvon Martin For Justice Rally” will then begin around 11:30 a.m. Speeches will begin by the various youth groups, university students and other organizations.
One perspective on these marches and rallies
I have engaged in many conversations around town about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. The most extreme have already tried Zimmerman in their hearts and minds and want him “put away.” All agree that they would like to see the grand jury indict Zimmerman, and let the judicial system begin the process of trying him—the first step towards justice.
These marches and protests are not only about that—wanting Zimmerman brought to justice. They also are a cry from the people for their government and community to pay attention and listen—to remember our community still has difficulties with race relations; to remind law enforcement that we expect the best from them in action and responsibility; to remind our local government that the people will hold them accountable, to ensure a similar situation never arises here in St. Petersburg.
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