- Posted March 26, 2012 by
Washington, District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
Activists Rally for Trayvon in D.C.; Deliver 500,000-Name Petition to Department of Justice
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
Activists assembled in Northwest D.C. to voice their disapproval of the judicial process surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin, a seventeen year-old boy shot and killed a month ago today. Supporters delivered a 500,000-name petition asking the Department of Justice to intervene and investigate the events of February 26.
Men, women, and children of a variety of ages, races, and religions gathered on the corner of 14th Street and New York Avenue to remember Trayvon, and call their respective communities to action. Representatives from the NAACP, the National Black United Front, and other organizations took the microphone to voice their disgust over the use of the “stand your ground” defense, and to motivate community members to join the movement toward justice.
Activists, who carried bags of skittles and iced tea, chanted “Trayvon,” in addition to “black power” and “no justice, no peace” for hours outside of a Department of Justice office building, while a 500,000-name petition was hand delivered by Maria Roach, a volunteer of MoveOn.org.
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, while walking home from a 7-Eleven, in a gated community, in Sanford, Florida one month ago today. While controversy surrounds the case, Zimmerman has claimed self-defense and remains free from custody. He has not been charged with a crime.