Thousands Attend ‘Justice For Trayvon’ Rally In Downtown Chicago

Source: Naomi Nix / Chicago Tribune

Thousands filled Federal Plaza in the Loop for a rally this afternoon protesting a Florida jury’s acquittal of George
Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, in February 2012.

Protestors at the plaza at Dearborn and Adams streets carried signs, saying “LGBTs against Racism” and “#Chi4Trayvon,” which featured figures in hooded sweatshirts.

Some of the speakers told the crowd the magnified attention surrounding Zimmerman’s acquittal in Martin’s shooting must extend beyond the Martin case to improving the lives of African-Americans in Chicago.

Similar protests are planned in at least 100 cities this weekend, including Los Angeles, Washington and New York, where members of the Martin family will join the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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