Trayvon Martin Rallies Set; Organizers 'Guarantee' No Violence

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By Jessica Gertler

From Montgomery -- Two rallies are scheduled in front of the State Capitol on Saturday to protest the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman Trial, but an organizer of one of the events say city officials are trying to stop him from having it.

"There are some people in Montgomery that do not want us to have a rally for Trayvon Martin," says Ja'Mel Brown. 

Brown is organizing an event this Saturday called I am Trayvon Martin Peace Rally. He's asking folks to come out wearing hoodies and to bring skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. Trayvon Martin was coming home from a store in Sanford, Florida, where he bought those items when he was killed last year.

Brown is expecting a thousand people from across the sate to turn up to let their voices be heard: the violence needs to stop.

"We are having a peaceful demonstration of unity, love and promoting justice and equality," says Brown.

But Brown says law enforcement are afraid his event will become violent like some of the protests across the country have like the one in Oakland, California where dozens vandalized cars and started street fires.

Brown says he thinks people are trying to suppress him,"especially some of the officers at MPD."

Brown says police have told him that he and others will be arrested if there is violence.

We did reach out to Montgomery Police to ask them about the rallies. They say no one was available for an interview. The police department says it does not anticipate any issues, but if any should arise, law enforcement will respond accordingly.

Mayor Todd Strange was available for a comment.

"We will have adequate, abundant police protection, but the word: caution. Let's come to do the demonstration in a peaceful way," says Strange.

"Why would we want to have a violent demonstration when we have kids and elderly coming to this movement," says Brown.

The NAACP is also organizing a rally this Saturday at the State Capitol at noon to try to get the federal government to charge Zimmerman. Brown says while the city and the NAACP have asked him to combine the events, he wants to keep them separate, because the two events stand for different things. 

I am Trayvon Martin Peace Rally will start at 3 p.m. Saturday. Organizers say the keynote speaker will be Representative Alvin Holmes of Montgomery, and there will be music, dancing and prayer.

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Honest Citizen said on Friday, Jul 19 at 9:34 AM

an excuse to loot TV sets & drugs from Wal-Mart.

Jeff Eaton said on Friday, Jul 19 at 9:47 AM

How about just stay home out of the heat. Give it a rest already.

GeorgeZimmerman said on Friday, Jul 19 at 10:33 AM

GZ killed a future criminal. Everything worked out in the end. If TM would be alive, he would have robbed or killed an innocent person one day. Justice was served when GZ pulled the trigger. This is the best thing that could have ever happened to TM. If none of this ever happened, TM would just grow up to be a thug. Now that he's dead, he is made out to be some sort of "hero" to the black community. "Those people" used to look up to real heroes, like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, etc. How the times has changed...

Jordan McCall said on Friday, Jul 19 at 11:14 AM

This system is mad and base while allowing a killer of a child to be set free. Base means in the mire and headed for sure destruction.

Bettye Mendez said on Friday, Jul 19 at 11:51 AM

Many are outraged at this tragedy,but ignore innocent babies being murdered (abortions), many are crying racism but are being racist themselves (generalizing a whole body of people), many are cussing and spewing evil (yet post Jesus loves you and quote scriptures every Sunday on FB), and sadly many are ignoring the part they played in all of this. Why are we so angry in this tragedy and not at the 500 murders due to black on black crime in just Chicago since Trayvon's death? What about the 31 Homicides in Montgomery Al since January? Why are we holding everybody else responsible for respecting us, when we don't advocate respect, good manners, decent dress, zero tolerance on violence of any kind, expectations of kindness, Charity, safety and from ALL races, which includes Blacks and the word here is "including"? Hatred/unjust from people with children, teaching them to hate w/o reason. Stars advocate looting, violence if it feels good. Martin was not portrayed as 17 w/a rap sheet.

Peeceebe Steele said on Friday, Jul 19 at 12:51 PM

You hide behind a fake name. What a coward you are! I guess your heroes are the like of Aldolf Hitler, David Duke and other racist, separatist, hate group members or founders. Sociologist have already profile the likes of you. Just want be served until the trigger is pulled on you!

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