By Jason Luntz;
As outrage and anger continues to grow surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin, citizens across the nation are expressing their frustration through “Hoodie Rallies”. The people of Nashville were no different, with several hundred people gathering at the TN State Capital building Saturday to express their outrage over the death of Martin in Sanford, FL last February.
17-year-old Martin was reportedly walking home from a convenience store when 28-year-old George Zimmerman shot and killed him. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense using the controversial Florida “Stand Your Ground” Law and has not been arrested. Anger among those at the rally stems from Martin being unarmed and having only a bottle of Ice Tea and a bag of Skittles.
It was only Wednesday of this past week that rally organizer Abena Imani used Social Media Sites such as Facebook and Twitter to tell people about the event. Imani and other coordinators of the event believe the rally was a success and were happy with the large amount of people who attended.
The event lasted over an hour and a half with many local political and community leaders speaking, as well as two mothers who have lost their sons to gun violence.
The crowd remained enthusiastic and upbeat even as it began to rain. “It was awesome, if you were not here you really missed history in the making,” said Tiffany Payne of Beat Kockin Radio, the rally’s sponsor.
While Zimmerman is not facing any charges, a federal investigation is pending.