What Will Trayvon Martin Rallies in Montgomery Accomplish?


By Ashley Thompson

Tomorrow, there will be rallies across the country to protest the 'Not Guilty' verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Montgomery is one of hundreds of cities participating. But what will these rallies accomplish?

It's a case that has split the country.

"Everybody, every state I know of, even other countries...they know about the Trayvon Martin incident," says Virginia native Aubrey Askew.

And now Montgomery is one of 100 cities participating in a "Justice For Trayvon" rally, where hundreds are expected to show. Minister Earl Wagner is heading Montgomery's event and tells us he believes a protest of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is necessary.

"A lot of the same battles are being fought regarding social issues, civil rights issues, just basic rights given to us by the Constitution," he says.

Preachers nationwide are organizing the protests, all of which will be in front of federal buildings. Wagner says all of these rallies have one more thing in common.

"The whole focus is to bring attention to the fact that the Department of Justice needs to take a look at the Trayvon Martin case."

Participants are asking the Justice Department to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman. But will it work?

"I'm not sure if it's effective or not," says Florida native Laura Hall. "If they keep it civilized, I think it will be okay because everybody has a right to their opinion."

Montgomery's rally is being monitored closely by law enforcement, which some say is the key to a successful event.

"They should have people that are positive influences to control the rallies so that nobody has to worry about any violence," says Askew.

Although nobody really knows what will happen as a result of these protests, some say it's worth a shot.

"If you don't do anything for yourself in trying to get your point across, nobody else will," says Montgomery resident Wesley Ashley. "And so it will be very necessary to put forth an effort."

The 'Justice For Trayvon Martin' march to the Capitol from the Frank M. Johnson Federal Courthouse will begin at 11AM.

The "I am Trayvon Martin" Peace Rally will start at 3 p.m. in front of the capitol.


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