150 People March In Hammond, Indiana For Anti-Violence Rally To Support Trayvon Martin

weoioiweoiSource: The Times Of Northwest Indiana

Hannah Cherry, 96, marched in front of the federal court building Saturday morning.

The heat, her age, nothing, said her daughter, Albertine Dent of Hammond, was going to stop the woman from being part of the anti-violence rally that drew about 150 people.

Dent said her mother was upset last year when she heard Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Florida and continued to be concerned during and after the trial.

“She was concerned that could be her son, her grandsons,” said Dent.

The rally and march, though focused on young people.

“These young people are excited, energetic. It is a good time to get them engaged,” said Bishop Tavis Grant, national field director of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which organized the event, one of several¬† in cities across the country.

While the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Martin sparked the rally, those who took part said it is much more than that one event that brought them out.

Grant said Indiana’s stand your ground law is much like the one in Florida and needs to be changed. He also encouraged those participating to register to vote to let their voices be heard.

“Silence is not going to change anything,” said Makeda Winfield, 17, of East Chicago. “I came out because I want to be a part of change. The youth, we are the future. We have to start fighting and not be so silent all the time.”

“The biggest message is to be the change you want to see. We have to be an example and that will go viral,” said Anastacia Davis, 18, of East Chicago and a board member with The Circle, a youth organization in the city. “There are so many youth out there that are doing good things.”

For Dacarla Mason of Indianapolis, her involvement was a little more personal. She joined the march in memory of her cousin, Alex Lenore, who was shot and killed at his grandmother’s house in Gary in April. She said his murder has not been solved.

The march also drew several elected officials including Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.

“I think it is important for us all over the country to let our voices be known over (our displeasure) with the verdict,” said Freeman-Wilson, adding that she’s concerned about having to have conversations with young black men, “telling them to be careful, not to look someone in the eye.”

“We shouldn’t have to be telling them those things in 2013,” she said.

Grant said he hopes Lake County, with its diverse background, can become a centerpiece of change for the country.

“We really have to approach this as a problem that can be fixed. We have to become better, not bitter,” said Grant.

11 Responses to 150 People March In Hammond, Indiana For Anti-Violence Rally To Support Trayvon Martin

  1. God bless Hannah Cherry!

    Our elders still in the fight!

    15,000 strong at the Atlanta, Federal Building on Saturday, July 20th 2013 and they stood in the pouring rain, no one walked away or left, no they stood together and strong. Our elders were in wheel chairs and some passed out, but still they would not leave.

    Together we shall overcome or fail, it is up to us to be the change we want to see.

    • We came in Solidarity and nothing stopped us not even the rain here in Atlanta, Ga. Together we came together we stayed!

    • AND NOT A SINGLE NEGRO MARCHED FOR THE TRULY INNOCENT – THE BABIES MURDERED IN THEIR CAR SEATS, AND CHICAGO.

      BUT THEY CAN MARCH FOR A WEED SMOKING, HIGH SCHOOL DELINQUENT WHO RAN WITH A BAD CROWD AND HAD A THUG AS A BEST FRIEND.

      NO DECENT PERSON RESPECTS THESE MARCHES AND THEY WILL LEAD TO NOTHING BUT A CIVIL SUIT THAT WILL NOT YIELD MONEY.

      AND THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT BABIES AND TEENAGERS TURNED OVER TO THE DRUG CARTELS TO DO WITH AS THEY PLEASE. NEGROES ARE SAYING THAT IS OK, BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACKS AND BROWN.

      • AND I CAN TELL HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT BLACK FOLKS JUST BY WHAT YOU DON’T CALL US!!!!

        PLUS YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR FACTS! IT IS NOT ABOUT MONEY!!!

  2. God bless you and let us all do what we can so justice prevails

  3. Thousands of people want Justice, and we are making it happen!

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