*Thousands attended the L.A. Million Hoodie March and Rally, Monday afternoon, March 26, when a single concerned citizen, reached out to community activists to help send a message to lawmakers. They urged for justice for the now deceased 17-year-old Trayvon Martin with the arrest of his killer, George Zimmerman.
Community leaders also sent a message to lawmakers and regular citizens alike to stand against racism and racial profiling and to repeal the controversial “Stand Your Ground Law,” in Florida.
Although a photographer by profession, first time activist, Zsanae Davis rallied together community workers and organized the L.A. Million Hoodie March. It was a peaceful demonstration without incident as protesters demanded justice for Martin, an African American teenager who was followed and killed while walking home from the convenient store. His killer claimed self defense in the shooting death and was not charged.
“I thought of this on a Thursday after watching the March in New York. I did some research and realized there wasn’t much going on in Los Angeles to address this issue and support Trayvon’s family… Since Los Angeles is the second biggest city if not the biggest city in America and I knew we had to do something.”
Four days later, Davis and supporters had galvanized a diverse group of Angelinos, including L.A’s 102.3/KJLH radio show host, Adai Lamar; actresses Tichina Arnold and Jennifer Lewis, as well as a host of community leaders, faith based organizations and other activists. Plus, there were many average citizens. All who filled the streets and marched from Pershing Square to L.A. City Hall, chanting “No justice, no peace!” and demanding attention.
The L.A. Million Hoodie March supporters include NAACP, California; the ANSWER Coalition; Najee Ali and Project of Islamic Hope; Al Sharpton and National Action Network; Bishop Noel Jones; Bishop Craig A. Worsham; Pastor Michael B. Kelly II; Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition; Vamos Unidos USA; KIWA (Korea Town Immigrant Workers Alliance); AF3IRM; Michael Skolnik, co-president of GlobalGrind.com and KmB of Pro-People Youth.
Check out the video and photos below from the event by EURweb’s Billie Jordan: