Fight Back Against Racism! RALLY was held Tuesday, March 27th, 6 p.m., Elm St and Church St, New Haven

On Feb. 26 in Seminole County, Fla., George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. The 17-year-old Black youth was walking home from the store. Martin was unarmed with only a pack of Skittles and a can of iced tea in his pockets. Zimmerman, captain of the local neighborhood watch, pursued Martin and gunned him down in broad daylight, in front of many witnesses. Zimmerman stated that the unarmed Black teen appeared “suspicious” and “threatening.” Local police did not arrest Zimmerman.

Since the release of the 911 tapes, people across the country have gone into the streets to demand justice for Trayvon Martin and all victims of racist attacks and bigotry. Justice demands that Zimmerman be arrested and charged in the killing of Trayvon Martin and that the Sanford Police Department be investigated.

Another rally and march took place March 31 from Dixwell Avenue down to New Haven City Hall. Hundreds came out and sported signs and hoodies.

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NEW HAVEN — 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.

For more on this story, visit: Trayvon Martin shooting spurs New Haven hoodie march (video)- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut.

On Saturday afternoon, Yalies and New Haven residents donned hooded sweatshirts and marched from Dixwell Avenue to City Hall to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

The march, which was organized by the Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY) and co-sponsored by other activist groups from Yale, New Haven and elsewhere in the state, aimed to raise awareness about racial profiling and the need for unity among local groups taking steps to combat it. Called “Hoodies Up New Haven,” the march and subsequent rally at City Hall commemorated Martin, a 17-year-old high school student who was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 while walking home from a convenience store wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

For more on this story, visit: Students, community members march for Trayvon Martin | Yale Daily News.