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Trayvon Martin Protests Continue

Local organizers are planning another march today to denounce the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The march will start around 10 a.m. at Grant Park, at Grant Street and Third Avenue. Organizers plan to walk up Fourth Avenue to City Hall where they'll have a moment of silence in the lobby.

See also: George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and the Way of the Gun March for Trayvon Martin at Civic Space Park; Black Community Vows More to Come From there they'll walk to the U.S. Attorney's office, located on the corner of Washington Street and Central Avenue, to petition for an investigation of the ruling and to show solidarity with others protesting the case across the nation, says local activist and Reverend Jarrett Maupin.

"We must commit ourselves to organize and fight racism with a fervor and intensity that America has not seen in over half a century. The unjust death of Trayvon is proof that the Dream is unrealized and that poor race-relations and the evils of racism continue to plague this nation."

Some of the speakers planned for the event include Phoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson, youth leaders with the NAACP, local organizer and former NFL player John Goodie, and other activists from the Black and Latino community.

Al Sharpton was expected to make a visit to the Valley this Saturday, as was reported earlier, but organizers and Sharpton's staff told New Times he had to cancel the trip because of time constraints and prior plans.

The march should finish before 1 p.m. Remember, wear your hoodie, Maupin quips.

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