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    Posted July 21, 2013 by
    Atlanta, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Zimmerman verdict: The world reacts

    3000 in Atlanta Rally for Justice in Honor of Trayvon Martin


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "The crowd was somber and determined to stay in spite of the downpour," said LisainATL, who participated in the July 20 rally. "A black woman and man from Ellenwood behind us invited us to share their umbrella. She said, 'If my parents can stand firehoses, I am not leaving because of rain.'"
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    Over 3000 Atlantans joined 100 other cities rallying and praying for Trayvon Martin's family, Justice, Non-Violence, an end to Stand Your Ground Laws (SYG), and an end to Racism and racial profiling. Jennifer Holliday sang We Shall Overcome and the crowd joined in as the rain poured down, calling for Justice to pour down like water on this nation. Politicians, organizers and ministers spoke out. Signs proclaimed "I AM TRAYVON" as the crowd agreed, letting their voices shout out in a call and response. One white woman's sign read FEAR + RACISM + STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS = DEATH. One sign read, "No Justice, No Peace." Another sign read "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind" quoting Gandhi. When Dr. Bernice King's prayers ended, the pouring rain stopped as if in heavenly assent for the call to not allow us to shoot each other in the streets.


    Even in self-defense, SYG laws allow the shooter to have no obligation to try to remove themselves from the situation or to try to deescalate it first. This goes way beyond defending your home when invaded. SYG laws allow pursuit and then murder if the pursuer is afraid of harm and proclaims self-defense. Let us work to create safety and justice for all. Repeal Stand Your Ground in all the states that have it, including GA and FL.

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