On Saturday afternoon, demonstrators gathered at the Dirksen Federal Building to protest Saturday's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Over one thousand people packed into the Federal Plaza to protest and express their anger over the verdict and Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
The protest was organized under the umbrella of activist Reverend Al Sharpton.“I’ve said from the beginning we must pursue [this] until the end,” declared Sharpton, adding, “We’ll be in 100 cities on Saturday.” (Washington Post) The rallies across the nation are scheduled to start at noon local time.
Local organizers included Pastor Ira J. Acree, Reverend Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch Sr., and Maureen Forte. Ms. Forte is the Chicago president of Sharpton's National Action Network. Reverend Al Sharpton is demanding the United States Department of Justice pursue charges against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in a Florida court of shooting the teenager.
Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson, Activist Priest Father Michael Phleger, and Chicago Urban League President Andrea Zopp were some of the keynote speakers.
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