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Second Trayvon Martin rally planned for downtown L.A.

April 9, 2012 | 10:59 am

Trayvon Martin protester L.A. City Hall

Civil rights groups and protesters in Los Angeles plan to to hold a second “Million Hoodies March” Monday in downtown L.A. to demand justice for slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Organizers say they expect at least a few hundred people to congregate at Pershing Square at 4 p.m. for a rally that will precede a march to City Hall at 6 p.m. Marchers will deliver letters demanding justice to representatives for U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), according to organizer Zsanaé Davis.

Bass and members of the Congressional Black Caucus had planned to accept the letters and deliver
them to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in Washington, D.C. But with the announcement that Florida prosecutors will not send Martin's case to a grand jury, Davis said the effort will help keep media attention on justice for Martin. 

“This is to continue to build the pressure,” Davis said of the redirected purpose of the march. “Now we have to put the pressure on the prosecutor.”

Organizers had held a similar event in Los Angeles in March, when locals joined nationwide rallies meant to criticize authorities for failing to arrest Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain.

Davis, who initiated Monday’s event, said this march will be different from the last because protesters will walk in silence behind the box of letters.

Officer Sara Faden with the LAPD said police have a permit on file for the protest and added that she was not aware of any problems arising from the event two weeks ago.


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Photo: Brother Frank X sells the Final Call newspaper in front of City hall at the end of a March 26 rally. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.