New York Protesters March Over Brooklyn Bridge

(from Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

In spite of the scorching heat, more than a thousand demonstrators marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Federal Court building on Saturday to commemorate Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of Florida in Martin’s killing.

The marches were sponsored by National Action Network’s “Justice for Trayvon” 100 City Vigil, hosted by Reverend Al Sharpton and the mother and brother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina and Jahvaris Fulton.

Demonstrators gathered for speeches in Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn across from the courthouse and promised that Trayvon’s death would not be in vain.

“Trayvon Martin lives through us and we will not rest,” said Skyla Cowan, a volunteer on the march. Cowan said that people were marching for many reasons.

“One, to get justice for Trayvon; two, to fight for civil liberties; and three, to repeal the Stand Your Ground laws. We need civil charges against Zimmerman,” Cowan said. He added that he was also working to end the practice of stop and frisk, which disproportionately affects young black men. “We’re here to help out the children,” he said.

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