Trayvon Martin Rally In Union Square Leads to Massive March

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Steven Thrasher
A child on his mother's shoulders at the Trayvon Martin rally

It was not the promised presence of people wearing hoods that first got our attention at tonight's rally, but the Skittles.

We were a bit skeptical when we arrived at the Trayvon Martin rally in Union Square and saw a hollering woman tossing bags of Skittles out at the audience. People were grabbing them like giveaways in what initially looked like the world's most inappropriate viral marketing campaign.

We had forgotten, however, that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had gone to a nearby store for a bag of Skittles and an AriZona iced tea before he was shot by George Zimmerman. Many protestors in Union Square were pointing out: "That's all he was armed with."

Still, even as a political act, watching people devour the Skittles was disorienting. The effect was more powerful when people held up the snacks rather than consuming them.

The protest started out mildly enough, with 300-400 people at the announced time of the of protest's beginning. Chaotic sounds brought unity to the rally, including Occupy Wall Street style mic-checks and a bullhorn that was difficult to hear over the 14th Street traffic.

It was an unusual and exciting crowd for an event that was hyped by OWS and more traditionally black political groups alike. Part uptown, part downtown, the crowd started out more like one you'd see in the Bronx or Harlem than in Union Square, with protestors of all ages. Numerous mothers had their kids holding pictures and signs of Trayvon, with the minority tots asking: "Am I Next?"

Council member Jumaane Williams took the stage, reminiscing about his experiences being improperly arrested last Labor Day and talking about Ramarley Graham at the hands of the NYPD. Williams laid the blame for the NYPD not at the feet of rank and file cops, but at Mayor Bloomberg, whom Williams accused of showing no leadership over a department he thinks has gone out of control.

The Martin family attorney got the crowd angriest when he said that George Zimmerman had no drug, alcohol, or background tests done on him before he was allowed to leave the scene of the murder, but that Trayvon had all of those performed on him posthumously.

Despite a handful of skirmishes (and a call from a protestor that a Sanford, Florida official ought to be "executed" for not arresting George Zimmerman), the crowd was restless but passive in trying to hear for most of the event. It was when Martin's father and mother spoke -- his mother crying -- that the crowd grew quietest.

"My heart is pain," Trayvon's mom said through tears. "Our son was not committing any crime. Our son was your son."

"This isn't a black and white thing," she implored. "This is a right or wrong thing."

The crowd swelled to thousands and amplified its calls for justice as it spilled into 14th Street and began a march, occupying the west bound lanes and then the whole street. The crowd of New Yorkers --still majority black -- was also a huge mix of young and old, black and white, traditional OWS protestors and those who seemed to be at such a march for the first time. Many were teenagers.

The march turned right onto Sixth Avenue and swelled further. There was a definite stomp crew rhythm to the protests, especially in terms of the drums and the chanting, giving it a very different vibe than most of the OWS protests we've covered in the past six months.

The march turned right at 22nd Street when a portable projection began illuminating building walls with "I am Trayvon Martin." Joined by a flank that seemed to come out of nowhere, the march turned south at Broadway and headed back towards Union Square.

A couple dozen NYPD vehicles headed to the park once the marchers had thinned out at the north side of Union Square. Shortly after, a small contingent of marchers -- maybe 300 or 400 -- left Union Square and headed up Broadway, seemingly without a permit or any police presence clearing the street for them.

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me
me

 S K I T T L E S we eat that  A R I Z O N A  we drink that  H O O D I E S we rock that  J U S T I C E we have that  T R E Y V O N didnt deserve that

JeffreySmith1
JeffreySmith1

What IS objectionable in all this are two things:

First, Mr Zimmerman is being tried in the press (and in the streets)

Second: this incident is the latest opportunity for the left and what remains of the BlackPower movement to refuel themselves and pour, like bile, into the streets.

No one really knows what happend in this matter. But that doesn't stop the Sharptons,the Christne Quinns or for that matter the Anderson (CIA) Coopers from pouncing on the incident.

I live in Brooklyn Heights. We have had a FLOOD of "hoodies" from the projects overthe last 30 years who have committed hundreds of of violent felonies. The hoods certainly ARE used to avoid easy identification. The hoods are in many casesa kind of uniform for an often very violent street culture.

Again, no one knows what really happened yet. What if angelic Trayvon triedto grab Mr Zimmerman's legal firearm? What, no kid who envisions himselfa "gangster" has never tried to snatch a gun from it's owner? That has neverhappened?

As far as Fla's "stand your ground" laws it's the reason crime is so low n many parts of the state. Hoodlums, with or without hoods, know they can't run the kind of intimidation gamesthey do in places (like New York) where the law forces the average honest citizen to try to flee from violent criminals.

One thing is for certain in all this: one "possible" miscreant will never hurt anyone else.....

Jeffrey J Smith  Northeast Editor  American Free Press  (pub Washington DC)

JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

JeffreySmith1
JeffreySmith1

What IS objectionable in all this are two things:

First, Mr Zimmerman is being tried in the press (and in the streets)

Second: this incident is the latest opportunity for the left and what remains of the BlackPower movement to refuel themselves and pour, like bile, into the streets.

No one really knows what happend in this matter. But that doesn't stop the Sharptons,the Christne Quinns or for that matter the Anderson (CIA) Coopers from pouncing on the incident.

I live in Brooklyn Heights. We have had a FLOOD of "hoodies" from the projects overthe last 30 years who have committed hundreds of of violent felonies. The hoods certainly ARE used to avoid easy identification. The hoods are in many casesa kind of uniform for an often very violent street culture.

Again, no one knows what really happened yet. What if angelic Trayvon triedto grab Mr Zimmerman's legal firearm? What, no kid who envisions himselfa "gangster" has never tried to snatch a gun from it's owner? That has neverhappened?

As far as Fla's "stand your ground" laws it's the reason crime is so low n many parts of the state. Hoodlums, with or without hoods, know they can't run the kind of intimidation gamesthey do in places (like New York) where the law forces the average honest citizen to try to flee from violent criminals.

One thing is for certain in all this: one "possible" miscreant will never hurt anyone else.....

Jeffrey J Smith  Northeast Editor  American Free Press  (pub Washington DC)

JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

DTruth
DTruth

White people didn't make the stereotype of  "black male between the ages of 15 and 25 in a dark hoodie". The surveillence cameras and IPhone videos did that. It's unfortunate, but no matter where I've lived, deep south, to the north east, it's always the same description on the news. And there are SO many each night.  I don't think African Americans can disagree there's  an empidemic of violence within their communities, particularly with their youth. Phili had black, teenage flash mobs, in hoodies, going around beating up anyone that was white. Even if they were just walking their dog.  If we could all come together to help this situation, then maybe the stereotype would fade...but not until the violence stops. Sad for Trayvon and his family as I felt he was innocent and sucks for Zimmerman, because he made a HUGE mistake.

guest
guest

That dont make know sense that we all live in a racis world and it just dont make sense that a white person killed a 17 yr old just (who is black) cause he look "Supicious" and he still not in jail..... In my opinion, I think he should be in jail 4 life sentence or at les put him in jail, if they know that the George Zimmerman did it. Thats just my opinion and thats a good idea that  people protested for justice, for Travyon Martin...... Travyon R.I.P

Popdecay.com
Popdecay.com

Is this viagra-popping Rush Limbaugh,the Nazi loving Glenn Beck, or the racist sadistic homicidal Zimmerman commenting?

Jltraverse
Jltraverse

Do you think the black crime rate has anything to do with why black males aren't welcomed in all communities?

Ehttsurt
Ehttsurt

I find it highly disrespectful to have a user with the Name Malcolm X sucks...... Malcolm X is a highly regarded leader. The blatant dispect in the use of your language does nothing but incite others and displays a level of ignorance that is unacceptable.

Uncle Louie
Uncle Louie

It is a well-known fact that hip hop culture has made the hoodie famous because of the element of instant anonymity, which originally appealed to those with criminal intent. Would the situation have escalated if he was wearing a polo shirt and khakis?

And when an adult asks a kid what they're doing wandering around a gated neighborhood at night, when did it become acceptable to reply with lip? If Trayvon said, "I'm visiting my father, Sir. I'm just talking on the phone with my girlfriend" would the situation have escalated?

Trayvon was in Sanford because he was suspended from school, (which takes some malicious behavior to happen in Florida). Trayvon was shot at 7:30pm about 120 feet from his father's backdoor. His father called the police the following morning to see if they could help him find his son.

What can we learn from this? It's time for parents to be parents. Instead of putting hoodies on and wasting your time on slacktivism in Union Square, go home and raise your kids. They're watching UFC fights and Worldstarhiphop right now hoping to make the next fight video. Tell them what the world is like. Tell them that there are people like Zimmerman out there. Tell them why it's important to communicate. Be a role model.

devans00
devans00

My heart goes out to Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton.  I hope she gets comfort knowing so many people share her anger and pain.  At least she knows that her son hasn't been forgotten.  Trayvon's 17 years on earth meant something.RIP

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Nono_cutie
Nono_cutie

I love the diversity amongst the protestors! We are Trayvon Martin! No Justice, no peace!

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It was a beautiful moment!!!

Guest
Guest

Another Jew killin a Black man

nomadnewyork(Adrian)
nomadnewyork(Adrian)

Don't feed the trolls. With his obsession with cocks, he's clearly a self-hater in the closet. Ignore.

Quixotic21
Quixotic21

I wear hoodies to keep my head warm so screw your theory.  And we are taught as children not to engage strangers, especially hostile ones, for a reason.  This is one example of that reason.  Zimmerman should have obeyed the police on the phone, he should not have been stalking a kid for no reason and since when does neighborhood watch carry guns?  As the adult in the situation there is no where else to place the blame but squarely on him.

Popdecay.com
Popdecay.com

R u crazy? That cop-wanna-be didn't deserve to be called Sir. He hasn't been knighted. He isn't a wise elder. He is a nobody, a racist homicidal maniacal nobody. A self-hating punk with a problem taking orders from authority...he was told to fall back. No parenting can protect a defenseless child from a psychopath like Zimmerman, who by the way, very well could be a Hispanic Jew. They do exist. Not that it matters.

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traycon's black mamma will get lots of comfort sucking black cock or sucking some crack pipe.

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trayvon's mamma is probably sucking some cock right now, or a crack pipe.

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malcom x sucks white boyz

trayvon liked to suck white cock and take it up the butt from white boys----so you is a cutie who likes dat too!

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traycon martin liked to suck cock and take it up the butt----so you are a cutie who likes to do the same, huh?

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Vfhbhbj
Vfhbhbj

Watching all the young ppl stand up for what they believe in

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black rap fans love to kill whitey.

dead kid just another rap wanna be thug.

good riddence to another rap wanna be thug.

HUH?
HUH?

 Another hater inciting hate.

Guest
Guest

Jewie Jew gonna drag America into war with Iran. We be the one fightin them Iranians.

Exposay
Exposay

Yes and thousands do not.  First of all, how dare you pile hate on top of hate.  And of somewhat less import, there is no evidence that the murderer was of any particular tribe or religion.  You are desecrating the memory of Trayvon.  Do you understand nothing?  

Rockhard10
Rockhard10

  You are about as ingnorant as the trailer park trash you are surrounded by.Why don't you stop talking about cocks,you obviously are preoccupied by them,and read a book or something,you tool

Hate Racists
Hate Racists

You're getting him mixed up with you-that's what you like to do! 

Ehttsurt
Ehttsurt

Seeking attention and displaying your level of class only proves my point. May you never be the person on the receiving end of Stand Your Ground.

Slewballer
Slewballer

If there's anything to learn from this it's that parents need to be more responsible for their kids--because that's what we can control. This goes for the parents of the kids who broke into the houses who escalated Zimmerman's interest in Trayvon. This goes for a parent who can go to sleep at night when their kid says he's going out for few minutes at dusk and doesn't return home. This goes for a parent who doesn't teach self-awareness, making a kid like Trayvon think it's OK to snap back at an adult who was inquiring about why he was wandering around a gated community in the rain instead of empowering him to understand how the situation could be perceived by others. If he simply said, "I live over here and am on the phone with my girlfriend"---that would've been the end of the story. It's frustrating for people to ignore something that takes a lot to accomplish instead of just reposting stories or throwing on a hoodie for a day to join this week's slacktivist cause.

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you wear hoodies to look like a gangsta thug for them white underage girls you wannabe thugs love to molest.

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and some just some black rap fans arent thug wanna bes.  they do exist.  not that it matters.

one less black rapper thug wanna be.

Hate Racists
Hate Racists

No,that's what you like to do.  Plus drinking santorum, btw, you sound like him too!

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dumb blacks standing up for believing in dat thug life, and believing in having some free beer and crack.

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all the black young people standing up, believing in wanting to kill whitey, and have some free crack and beer.

HUH?
HUH?

 These people weren't standing up for what they believe in.Mob mentality, nothing got accomplished outside of a bunch of yelling and press photos.Nowadays important issues get skirted because they become functions where celebrities might show up, and all your friends are going. These aren't rallies.None of these people even know ANY of the real issues, and unfortunately that's probably why they WILL be the next victims of REAL crime.

Hate Racism
Hate Racism

And you are hoping it happens again!

Guest
Guest

Oh Yes He Is. LIAR

malcom x sucks cock
malcom x sucks cock

and your black mamma sucks white cock. 

if there's war with iran, your black mama can go there and keep the troops busy, one gangbang at a time.

HUH?
HUH?

Yeah,makes alot of sense since americans have all the radiation suits and if it comes to war Iran will be nothing but a puddle of nuked sludge.

Why do you care ?Ever seen the size of their army ?Not even a contest.

Hate Racists
Hate Racists

So that's how you know so much about him! 

Rockfishcc8
Rockfishcc8

You are obviously mildly retarded,or just a huge asshole.This young man did not have to answer one thing from this wanna be jerk-off,in fact,kids aren't supposed to talk to people they do not know.You don't know it was  kids who broke into the house before.the complex is half empty and squatters are all over.In fact you don't know one thing that happened,because you weren't there,you were following your 17 year olds around.He should have answered him yes and no sir?You are rfeaal a disturbed individual,in need of a life.

HUH?
HUH?

 NO,....YOU are a RACIST MORON

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