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Fri Jul 26 2013 (Updated 07/29/13) Santa Cruz NAACP Asks Community to Stand Up, Speak Out Against Racism
Marching in Santa Cruz for Justice for Trayvon and Others Subjected to Racial Profiling On July 21, the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held a march and rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin and other citizens subjected to racial profiling and Shoot First and Stand Your Ground laws.

Community members marched through downtown Santa Cruz and speakers were heard at the Louden Nelson Center, the Town Clock, and the Santa Cruz Court House. On Pacific Avenue, marchers sang "We Shall Not Be Moved," and later chanted, "Stop Racial Profiling". At the Town Clock, the group chanted "Justice for Trayvon", circled up, and held hands.

Chapter president Deborah Hill-Alston emphasized that it was crucial for community members to "stand up, speak up, and show up," at events like this. "Speak up when there is a need to speak up about any kind of racial discrimination or injustice," she said. "If you speak loud enough, they will hear us in Florida and they will change that and all of the other states that uphold that Stand your Ground."

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Previous Coverage: Trayvon Martin Solidarity Demos Sweep Bay Area

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