Thousands of hooded New Yorkers made their to Union Square this past Wednesday for the Million Hoodie March, protesting the wrongful murder of Floridian Trayvon Martin. Trayvon, who was slain by “neighborhood watchman” George Zimmerman, was only 17 years old. He was headed to the convenience store (wearing a hooded sweatshirt) when Zimmerman deemed him suspicious and called the police. Ignoring the police’s request to stay put, Zimmerman followed Martin, unarmed, and shot him in the chest, killing him. The shooting happened 4 weeks ago and Zimmerman has yet to be charged.
The parents of Trayvon, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, made the trip to New York to attend the rally for their son. Set to start at 6pm, Union Square was already crowded an hour prior. Occupy Wall Street protesters were present, pushing their own agenda as news crews fought for elbow room at the center of the Square. It was a peaceful protest, despite organizers having to stop the rally several times as news cameramen battled for position in front of Tracy and Syrbina. “Our son, is your son,” Sybrina exclaimed. “This is not about a black and white thing; this is about a right and wrong thing!”
To date, Tracy and Sybrina have garnered over 1,500,000 online signatures on Change.org, petitioning for the prosecution of their son’s killer. You can show your support by signing here.
Also, check out a video of the rally below from Edward Pages of Liberation News.
Text & Photo: Steven Lau