More than 100 Trayvon Martin supporters stood outside the Syracuse Federal Building, protesting last weekâ??s verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.
Protesters held signs reading â??no justice, no peace,â?? and chants of â??We are Trayvon Martinâ?? echoed against the federal building walls. Syracuse was one of 100 cities nationwide that held a vigil Saturday. Organizers say they are trying to put pressure on the government to repeal â??Stand Your Groundâ?? laws.
"We understand the obligation of prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, however in this climate we need to repeal every stand your ground law and similar types of self defense law of this nature, throughout the United States,â?? said Reverend Kevin Agee. The President echoed this sentiment. "And for those who... Who resist that idea that we should think about something like the "Stand your ground" laws... I just ask people to consider If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?â??
This was just one issue protesters raised today. Derek Ford is a volunteer organizer for the Syracuse A.N.S.W.E.R coalition, and heâ??s someone who sees the issue from a different perspective.
"Obviously I'm a white person, so to some extent... You know I'm not Trayvon Martin. If I'm walking in the street with a hood, people are going to act a little bit different towards me right? But that doesn't mean that I can't unite in struggle, and that doesn't mean that I can't make damn sure that Trayvon's enemies are my enemies,â?? Ford said.
And while the majority of the crowd agrees we as a nation have come a long way, the events surrounding the George Zimmerman case have many saying that we have a long way to go.