Beyoncé and Jay Z join Trayvon Martin‘s mother for New York march as ONE HUNDRED rallies are held across the U.S. demanding justice for the Florida teenager
- Day of action calls for civil liberty charges to be made against Zimmerman
- Tracy Martin tells Miami crowd ‘I will never stop fighting for my son – and yours’
- Teenager’s mother speaks alongside the Rev Al Sharpton in Manhattan
By Jessica Jerreat Daily mail PUBLISHED:, 20 July 2013
The case has become a flashpoint in separate but converging national debates over self-defense laws, guns, and race relations.
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The Rev Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized Justice for Trayvon rallies and vigils outside federal buildings from noon in at least 101 cities, from New York and Los Angeles to Wichita in Kansas and Birmingham, Alabama.
On Saturday morning he told supporters in Manhattan he wanted a rollback of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
‘We are trying to change laws so that this never, ever happens again,’ he said.
Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, also spoke at the New York rally, telling the crowd: ‘Today it was my son. Tomorrow it might be yours.’
Emotional: Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton is joined by her son, Jahvaris, left, and the Rev Al Sharpton
She added: ‘Of course we are hurting. Of course we are shocked and disappointed, but that just means we have to roll up our sleeves and continue to fight.’
Although they did not speak at the rally, the Rev Al Sharpton told the crowd: ‘Jay Z told me, “I’m a father. Beyonce is a mother”. We all feel the pain and apprehension – the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody.’
He added: ‘We do not come from hate, we come from love of children,’ according to the Huffington Post.
Beyonce had shown her support for the case last week, asking for a moment of silence at a concert after the not guilty verdict was recorded.
While Trayvon’s mother was in New York, the dead teenager’s father took part in a Miami rally on Saturday morning, according to NBC News.
Tracy Martin told supporters outside Miami’s federal courthouse: ‘I vowed to Trayvon, when he was lying in his casket, that I would use every ounce of energy in my body to seek justice for him.’
He added: ‘I will fight for Trayvon until the day I die. Not only will I fight for Trayvon, I will fight for your child as well.’
The Rev Sharpton and other supporters want the Justice Department to pursue federal civil rights charges against Mr Zimmerman.
He told the rally on Saturday: ‘They will not say that was the young man killed in Sanford. They will say that was the young man who helped change the laws in the United States of America.’
Former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who attended the New York rally, said: ‘Regardless of how you view the legality of the verdict in isolation, justice here was denied. An innocent young man was shot and killed and that is a tragedy.’
Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that the department would investigate whether the Hispanic neighborhood watch man could be charged under those federal civil rights laws, which would require evidence that he harbored racial animosity against Trayvon.
Most legal experts said it would be a difficult charge to bring.
Mr Holder added that the shooting demonstrated the need to re-examine stand-your-ground laws nationwide.
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