On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida by unofficial neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. A month after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.
On Saturday, March 31, the Dems joined BSAY, MEChA de Yale, the Yale Chapter of the NAACP and a number of other campus organizations to march and rally for justice for Trayvon and in support of amending the Alvin Penn Racial Profiling Act being considered in the CT legislature.
According to the New Haven Register:
Hundreds of hoodies marched through the city Saturday, a fashion statement that has come to symbolize national outrage over the troubling death of a Florida teen.
Hoodies Up New Haven began at the front steps of the Dixwell Community “Q” House on Dixwell Avenue and continued downtown to the steps of City Hall. There were gray hoodies, green hoodies, striped hoodies, tie-dyed hoodies, brand-new hoodies and a few worn-out hoodies that settled wearily on their owners’ heads.
Click here to see pictures from the march.
Click here to read the article about the march in the New Haven Register (and see a video).