Rally for Trayvon brings call for local issues
CENTER CITY - March 26, 2012 (WPVI) -- A large crowd gathered in Love Park as the vigil began with a mournful rendition of Amazing Grace.
Then a string of speakers addressed the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
"They tried so hard to vilify Trayvon; they wanted to find a weapon on him, did they? They wanted to find out he had an extensive criminal record, did he?" author Karen Quinones Miller said.
The crowd answered back 'no' to both questions.
Martin, unarmed, was carrying an iced tea and a bag candy when he was shot to death by George Zimmerman, a Florida townwatch member, a month ago.
Zimmerman said Martin, who was wearing a hoodie, appeared suspicious.
"Let's hoodie up for Trayvon," activist Manwell Glenn said.
But Reverend Micah Sims told the crowd it wasn't a hoodie that marked the Florida teen.
"But because of the color of his skin, no justice, no peace," Sims said.
Sims and others say justice would be the arrest of George Zimmerman.
"Zimmerman, you won't rest until there's justice," activist Asa Khalif said.
Several speakers said while the Martin case is important those gathered should be equally concerned about homegrown violence
'Yes, we care about Trayvon, we're sorry, it was wrong Zimmerman killed him, it was totally wrong. But what are we going to do here in our city when our babies are dying every day," Donna Giddings of Mothers In Charge said.
At 7:17 p.m., the time Martin was killed a month ago, the proceedings paused, candles were lit, and a can of iced tea was poured onto the pavement.
The organizers have at least two more mass rallies planned in the next few days: one 6:00 p.m. Thursday in Love Park and one at 6:00 p.m. Sunday on the campus of Temple University.
florida, protest, shooting, pennsylvania, philadelphia, local/state, john rawlins
- Police car crash leads to chase in N. Phila. 3 min ago
- AccuWeather: Lots of clouds, some SE rain
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Boyfriend arrested in Gloucester Co. murder
- Phila. police seek missing special needs woman
- Chaput, Nutter, Corbett announce Vatican trip
- Neighbors help residents escape Trenton fire 43 min ago
- 2 NJ men sentenced for bogus 9/11 charity
- 3 arrests in Cumberland Co. arsons 58 min ago
- Officers drive into hail of gunfire in N. Phila.
- Woman's body found between parked cars in West Philadelphia
- Doors smashed in 2 Prices Corner store burglaries
- Photos: $3.25M summer home in Ocean City, NJ
- Police identify mystery hit-and-run victim
5 min ago