Vigils and tributes mark 2nd anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death


Rallies and remembrances have broken out across the country in homage of slain black teens Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, both from Florida, on the 2nd anniversary of Martin’s “murder” in Sanford, Fla. There are also a host of plays with Trayvon Martin as the theme in multiple metropolises.

The rallies are being organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network:

  • In New York City, the organization is calling for demonstrators to meet at the red bleachers on 47th street between Broadway and 7th Avenue at 6:30 p.m.
  • At 5 p.m., rallies are also being held at the Harlem State Office Building (163 W. 125th St. at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.) and at Union Square (E. 14th St. and Broadway).
  • In Los Angeles, a march will begin at Slauson & Crenshaw at 2:30 p.m. A rally will follow at 4 p.m. at MLK & Crenshaw.
  • In Atlanta, at 4 p.m., a speak-out will be organized at 5 Points Marta Station (Peachtree side, downtown Atlanta). For more information about rallies happening in other cities, click here.
  • Participants are asked to wear hoodies and to stand in silence holding up signs with targets stating “No More.” The aim of the event is to refuse acceptance of Black and Latino youth as targets of violence in America.

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre will be the latest spot to join a national push to present a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The Goodman show will be part of six 10-minute works for a March 3rd production of “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege.” Other theater companies that will also be showing the works include the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, The Public Theater in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company of Washington D.C.

Trayvon Martin was killed returning from a convenient store in Sanford, Fla. by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.

Jordan Davis was killed at another convenient store in northern Florida by Michael Dunn, who also claimed self defense. Dunn, who shot and killed Davis in November 2012, will be retried on a second-degree murder charge. The first-degree murder portion of his trial was declared a mistrial on Feb. 15, although he was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and for shooting into a vehicle and will spend decades in prison.

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