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The Justice for Trayvon Martin Movement Grows in San Jose
The Justice for Trayvon Martin movement in San Jose grew during its second week of demonstrations. On July 21, community members returned to San Jose City Hall for a rally and march to the federal building. At the federal building, a group blocked a light rail train for approximately ten minutes before being encouraged by other demonstrators to clear the tracks. At the rally, organizers in San Jose announced their solidarity with Trayvon Martin organizers in Los Angeles and read off a set of demands for justice. Another rally and march has been planned in San Jose for August 6 at 4pm with a location TBA. [photos coming soon]
San Jose Trayvon Martin organizers stand in solidarity with Los Angeles and read off the following demands:
1. Federal charges against Zimmerman.
2. Pardon Marissa Alexander.
3. Halt new jail & prison construction.
4. End gang injunctions & databases.
5. Community control over all law enforcement via an elected civilian review board.
For more information, see:
San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin
President of the San Jose/Sillicon Valley Branch of the NAACP, Pastor Jethroe Moore II
Video includes words from:
A father of two teens; San Jose City Council member, Ash Kalra; a woman detained by police and falsely accused of being a prostitute; Vice President of Plumbers & Fitters Local 393, and a delegate to the South Bay Labor Council, Fred Hirsch; a representative of Anakbayan of Sillicon Valley.
The location of the August 6 rally for Trayvon in San Jose is TBA. I incorrectly stated in the article that it was to begin at City Hall, but that info has not been released yet.