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Weekend rally for Trayvon Martin held downtown

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's been one week since a jury handed down a not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman.

On Saturday, more than 100 people in the Lowcountry gathered for at the US Customs House on East Bay Street for protest rally organizers are calling, "Trayvon Martin: Start of a Movement."

Zimmerman was tried for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

"No justice, no peace," said Pastor James Johnson, one of the event's organizers. "That means we will rally. Don't care how long it takes for justice for Trayvon Martin."

Speakers will include Rep. Wendell Gilliard, Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott, area pastors and leaders from Johnson's civil rights group The Coalition.

Organizers said their message was a call for justice.

"We must unite our community. The community as a whole - black, white, yellow, brown, red - makes no difference," said Pastor Thomas Dixon, another organizer of the event. "(We) must unite and all admit that there's a problem about racism and begin to focus on that situation."

The event was scheduled at the same time as the National Day of Action Vigils in more than 100 cities across the country,  according to a release. The day was organized by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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