SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Hoodies were held high today, all in honor of Trayvon Martin. Nearly 1,000 People marched in downtown Springfield, blanketing the steps of City Hall in Honor of the slain teen.
The 17-year-old was killed last month by by Neighborhood Watchman George Zimmerman while he walked through his father’s gated community, armed only with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.
The march was organized by the Alliance of Black Professionals, who hoped to shed some light on a rarely discussed issue.
Event organizer Natasha Clark said, “I hope it does open up some of the dialogue issues about racism in this country. They are really uncomfortable conversations, absolutely. But to deny that they exist is even worse.”
Calvin Feliciano of Springfield attended the march for the sake of future generations.
“We’re out here for our babies. For our kids. They took that kid’s life at 17 years-old because of the color of his skin, and it’s time we stop. It’s time we stand up.”
Supporters at City Hall made it clear that they all shared one goal — justice.
“The stand your ground law was for Trayvon. he was there to defend himself against an unknown stranger stalking him with a loaded gun” stated Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera (D) Springfield. “They just want the Florida criminal justice system to due diligence. If it was me, and I went out and shot someone, I would be in jail” added Denise Jordan of Springfield.
Today Civil Rights leaders at a rally in Floriday vowed that they will not stop protesting until Zimmerman is arrested.
“If we’re honest, just truly honest with ourselves, then we know Trayvon died just because of the color of his skin. And it’s sad…it’s very sad” added Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera.
The “Stand Your Ground” bill is being proposed here in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick vowed to veto the legislation.