Rally – Wednesday, April 4th from 5:00 -7:00 PM

Knoxvillians gather for a peaceful demonstration on Gay Street in Krutch Park in response to
the killing of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. We invite the community to come out and stand
united against the killings of young Black men around the country and in East Knoxville.
Churches, youth groups, students, community organizations, families and friends will gather
to hear choirs, artists and speakers to help us send the message to our community that
we stand united against racism, the demonizing and criminalizing of Black and Brown men
nationally and locally. We are coming together, across divisions, to stand united for racial,
economic, and gender justice in Knoxville, in Tennessee, and across the country.

On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Florida high school student, is found shot
and killed, in Sanford, Fla., a community north of Orlando. According to the Sanford police
report, George Zimmerman, 28, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, is found armed
with a handgun, standing over Martin. He has a bloody nose and a wound in the back of his
head. Martin is unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene. He has no weapons on him,
only a pack of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea. Zimmerman tells police he killed Martin in self
defense. Taking him at his word, police do not arrest him, nor administer a drug or alcohol
test. They also did not run a background check. Currently, Zimmerman remains free, even
after public pressure has forced the resignation of the Sanford, Florida police Chief.

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