Two rallies for Trayvon Martin held in St. Pete on Saturday

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Two groups held separate marches in St. Petersburg on Saturday for Trayvon Martin. And though their themes were the same, the groups delivered different messages.

The International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement called for African unity in the fight against what it called the oppression of African people during its march through south St. Petersburg.

In a release, the group called the shooting of Martin an “historical pattern of violence and terror against Africans in the U.S.”

The group demanded reparations for the family of Trayvon Martin from the City of Sanford.

A second group, the National Christian League of Councils held its march for justice through downtown St. Petersburg from Poynter Institute Park to Spa Beach, where a rally was held.

The group called on Gov. Rick Scott to be proactive.

“You need to be a leader. Set the tone, like the president, set the tone. Do something,” said Sevell C. Brown, III, the council’s leader. “Stop following and start leading.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.