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Two Trayvon Martin Rallies in St. Pete Saturday

The National Christian League of Councils and the Uhuru Solidarity Movement are sponsoring separate protest marches.

Two separate protest marches are scheduled Saturday in St. Petersburg to call attention to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

The 17-year-old was shot to death on Feb. 26 by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer. The teenager was unarmed.

Zimmerman has said he shot the boy in self-defense, and no arrests have been made or charges filed in the case, which has led to national protests in cities, that include Tampa, Washington, D.C., and New York. 

On Saturday there will be two separate march in St. Petersburg.

They are being organized by the National Christian League of Councils and the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

A statement was released by the League of Councils on Monday:

"The march will consist of youth groups, university students and organizations from throughout St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and Tarpon Springs that will march in support of the search for truth and justice for Trayvon Martin and his family."

Saturday's protest led by the League of Councils will begin forming at 9:45 a.m. with the march slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. from the Poynter Institute Park and old Dali Museum. 

The march will lead to a "Trayvon Martin For Justice Rally" at 11 a.m. at  in downtown St. Pete. There, speeches will be given by local activist groups, students and organizations. 

According to the Uhuru House, it will also be marching in St. Pete on Saturday: 

"This march, coordinated and led by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, will be different from many other marches held around the country in the sense that it is not only about seeking justice for Trayvon as an individual case but as part of the overall struggle of African people to organize for self-determination! This struggle is bigger than just George Zimmerman; it's about getting self-determination and freedom for African people." 

The march begins at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th St S., at 11 a.m. It will conclude at the steps of . According to the group:

"This modern day lynching represents another example of the state-sanctioned violence against the black community that has been going on for centuries." 

Jonathan Kind March 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM
These groups should get together and show unity in light of this tragedy.
William Mansell March 29, 2012 at 06:11 PM
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