BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  Justice for Trayvon.  The outrage over the murder of a Florida teenager sparks calls for activism here in Baltimore.

Meghan McCorkell has more on a rally planned for Monday.

It was one month ago Monday that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed.  Now, calls for justice for the teen are getting louder all over the country.

Activists prepare a sea of signs calling for justice for Trayvon Martin.  The unarmed teen was walking through a gated Sanford, Fla. community wearing a hoodie.  He was gunned down by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. He claimed the teen looked suspicious. Zimmerman has not yet been arrested.

“We have to stand together shoulder to shoulder as brothers and sisters to say that we’re outraged and we want justice,” said Rev. Cortly Witherspoon, organizing rally.

Monday, people in Baltimore will stand together in a rally for Trayvon.

The march will begin at Pratt and Light Streets and then head to city police headquarters.

“It could have been them. It could have been my sons,” said Sharon Lindsay, parent.

Lindsay will march with her sons.  One of them is the same age as Martin.

She says her heart aches for the family.

“As much as we do across the nation, it still will not take that pain away. The pain will never ben taken away,” she said.

In many area churches, Sunday services were filled with hoodies in a show of solidarity with Martin.

“It could have been me.  It could have been my friend.  It could have been one of your family members. It could have been anybody involved in this: black, white, Puerto Rican, Asian. It could have been anybody,” said Faith Reid, Bethel AME Church.

That sentiment is touching many nationwide.

A large rally is also planned Monday in Sanford, Fla.  Thousands are expected to march to the town’s convention center.

A grand jury will be convened next month to determine if George Zimmerman will face charges.  A special prosecutor has been assigned to review the case.

Comments (51)
  1. Scotty says:

    Why is this more news worthy, and require more of an outrage than a 13 year old boy who was walking home and set on fire in front of his house by thugs that then threw out racial epithats. No rallys, no marchs, no Sharpton marches, no cover story, no nothing. Not even so much as a comment from the NAACP who claims to be representing all races.

    1. shelly says:

      Sharpton is the bigest racist there is. with him doing these rally’s he and obama are taking this country back.

  2. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:


  3. WHATHHESAY says:

    maryland headquaters of naacp. shows ITS true colors we choose the path, the future, this will not make maryland proud, or will it unite us, but CAUSE division. we all lose. thanks naacp, and the churches of baltimore city THAT TAKE PART IN THIS RALLY, WHAT BIBLE ARE THEY READING???

  4. Irene says:

    M.M. you never said the time of the rally!?

    1. shelly says:

      while out there why don’t you rally for the elderly couple in tulsa ok where the 85 yr old wife was beaten, raped and killed and her 90yr old husband was beaten by a black man. where’s the fairness in this. that’s right it’s a black man doing the crime so no sharpton or obama for the elderly white couple, and let;s see how peacfull this rally goes today in good old baltimore.

  5. Michael Wasicker says:

    It’s amazing how something like this gets so much media attention but please look up Channon Gail Christian and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr case. These two were killed in unthinkable ways and it got nowhere near the attention. Oh I forgot the Trayvon Martin case is “racial” like every other case where a “white” person kills a black person. Even though Zimmerman is Hispanic it wouldnt get as much media attention so thats why they classify him as being “white”. But blacks kill blacks all the time in the city so why isn’t there a Rally everyday for those victims?

    1. Robert O'Brien says:

      from the wikipedia page for the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom: “Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape and theft. Three of those arrested, Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson and George Thomas, have been convicted on multiple charges including several counts of felony murder. After a jury trial Lemaricus Davidson was sentenced to death by lethal injection and Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Vanessa Coleman has been convicted of facilitating the crimes and sentenced to 53 years in prison, and Eric Dewayne Boyd has been convicted of federal charges as accessory after the fact to carjacking and sentenced to 18 years in prison”

      The point is, in that horrendous crime, arrests were made, charges were brought, convictions were settled on.

      In the case of Trayvon Martin, the man who admits to shooting him dead HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED. HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED.

      Besides, the issue that makes this senseless murder so resonant is that it seems the kid was essentially convicted and executed for being black while wearing a hoodie.

      1. Robert O'Brien says:

        And are you really suggesting that having a rally for this murdered teenager is somehow an injustice of anyone else who was murdered????

      2. dee says:

        The only ones who are making this out to be a case a where the kid was wearing a hoodie and being black are the all the idiots that are screaming for justice when the investigation is still on going. The media is the one who said the kid was unarmed so that makes it true. The man had a broken nose so I guess the kid got close enough to do that.

        I would like to know again why no pictures of the so called kid at this age (6 Ft+ and 120 lbs) and only cutesy pictures when he was 12 or 13? What is being hidden.

      3. Michael Wasicker says:

        Robert read up on all the facts before you comment and look like an idiot. Yes you are right there was people arrested in this case, but the point I’m making is the media didn’t cover this as a racial crime when it happened? They didn’t have rally’s all over the US and the media does this all the time when it is a black on white crime. They consider it acceptable and it couldn’t be racially motivated. But as soon as it’s a “white” on black crime everyone wants to report it as a racial crime because they are scared to be classified as insensitive and a potential racist themselves.

        You need to read both sides of the Trayvon case before you act like you were there. You automically assume because he was unarmed that he isn’t dangerous? Everyone’s threat level is different so you can’t say just because you wouldn’t be scared that he isn’t allowed to be. Zimmerman may have been wrong for following the kid but listen to the witness that stated that Trayvon was ontop of Zimmerman punching him. The media also doesntt focus on that Zimmerman had injuries himself showing that there was a struggle of some sort. If he wanted to kill him in cold blood then why wouldn’t he just walk up to him and shoot him dead without causing any injuries to himself. But I’m sure you will get “followers” that will argue that maybe he injured himself.

        Maybe from here on out when there is a murder in Baltimore City why don’t we just forget a Trial and just Rally and if we get enough people together then they will arrest him strictly on the Rally results. But we can only do this for whtie on black crime cause any other race crime doesn’t matter.

      4. just sayibn' says:

        you mean, for wearing a hoodie AND skulking around a private, gated community where he did not belong, AND assaulting George Zimmerman…

      5. Robert O'Brien says:

        “Maybe from here on out when there is a murder in Baltimore City why don’t we just forget a Trial and just Rally”

        The reason for the rally is to GET A TRIAL.



  7. Taz says:

    Just more race baiting. Thanks obama for the racial devide. Ok the jig is up.



    1. lilly says:

      seem like you the one who just showed your true color so wrong of you

    2. GM says:

      Racism is more a part of black thinking then ours. We are tired of it and the country will never get together until its people do. The blacks cant wait to handle anything they can with violence and yelling. They even yell at God because they must think he doesnt hear them talk in a normal voice.

      1. Wiseguy says:

        yelling @ God.

  9. Kim Forsyth says:

    Simplified details for the rally is critical for rapid distribution of the info. A bullet point letting us know where and when to send people would be helpful.

  10. David Williams says:

    There is absolutely no comparison between the Trayvon Martin case and black on black crime. This case is about a police department not doing its job, racial profiling, stalking and murder. He should have been arrested, questioned and charged appropriately as anyone else with similar suspicions.

    1. hoodrathater says:

      David, get some help…As a black person..THERE IS hypocrisy on both sides…ANd, if you can not see that you need counselling..

      1. David Williams says:

        Which hypocrisy did Martin commit ? None! Which hypocrisy did the Police Dept commit? ( fill in the blank)

    2. Michael Wasicker says:

      David you don’t know what your talking about. Your going off of the media and you weren’t there so you don’t know what happened. If I want to go off of the media then look up the interview of the WITNESS for Zimmerman who stated that Trayvon was ontop of him in his front yard. You can’t get any closer to the scene then in your own front yard. Everyone keeps saying this man murdered him in cold blood when none of you were there. So I guess Zimmerman broke his own nose and got grass stains on his back from himself right? Read the whole case on both sides before you act like you know what your talking about. I bet you voted for Obama too and had no clue what his political view was but did it because he was black.

      1. David Williams says:

        My comment is based on the 911 tape ( fact) Your comment is based on media reports(emotion). Go figure! You need more manly traits.Yes, i voted for Obama.

    3. Michael Wasicker says:

      David I don’t know what planet you are on. But black people kill black people in the city all the time for less then what Zimmerman is claiming which is self defense. So you are right there is no comparison. Atleast Zimmerman is claiming self defense. When other people claim “He’s messing wit my baby mama” or ” He owed me money” or “He disrespected me”.

      1. David Williams says:

        I’m a retired Paramedic.

  11. yousefthe giant says:

    This is media driven & as usual the sheeple dumb blackies play right into it.

  12. yousefthe giant says:

    Stop this nonsense now. Where is the outcry when black on black murders occur? How about all the white victims by blacks? A Dr FROM Hopkins stabbed last year by 2 useless coons?..He Al, Jesse 7 OBama c’mon to Harm city.

  13. Ginni says:

    Black, white, asian, it doen’t matter what your ethical background is or what age you are. People are killing, raping, robbing, innocent and unarmed, people in this and every country world wide. Every second of the day, some one is dying at the hands of a murder. I think we should be focusing on the weapon’s laws. Murder, murder, murder is all you see on t.v, within every country and it makes me sick. I think this case, should remain in the hands of the justice system and not to be rallied. Those that commit a crime is to remain innocent until proven, guilty. Once all the evidents is in, I believe the justice system will punish accordingly to the crime and the laws as it does for everyone. What is righjt is right and what is wrong is wrong. No matter whom you are. I am so very sorry for the loss of such a young life and it could of happened to any of us any second of the day. Thank God for everyday that he gives you, peace and harmony. Because any second it can be ripped right, away from anyone. I know this first hand. I lost a brother at the age of, 11yrs old by the hands of another child pushing him in front of a car during a dispute. We didn’t rally justice for Joey, we put it in Gods and the laws hands. There was two people at the seen of the crime, my brother and his pusher (one black and one white which to me makes a difference what the races are but just mentioning, becuase color of ones skin doesn’t protect them from being an murder victim or murder). No one really knows what happened, but the two of them. The driver of the car was just in the mist of it all…as that cell phone call was in this case, which will lead to a conviction or not. It was an unfortunate event in our lives as a family. And My Deepest Sympathy goes out to Trayvon’s family and friends.I am very concerned and amazed at the fact that our President would promote a rally, very distasteful for a president of the United States of America….

    1. GM says:

      OBama is loving every minute of this. He is a phoney racist whos true colors really have come out with his supporting this. The racism that the white race has to contend with has been with us a long time. Where is my “White History Month? The blacks use any excuse to vent the hatred of whites that is inherent in them.

      1. B says:

        dude we get 11 White History Months! Winning!

  14. DHarri says:

    This is more about keeping the racial division alive in this country when the national News first broke the story the guy was white and then became White Hispanic. So now the Media shifted the blame over to people wearing hoodies which is code for Black. The president adds in opinion to the conversation while the New Black Panthers decide it would be a good idea to offer a $10,000 reward for the capture of Zimmerman. As the case continues to move forward now we have all of these distractions on top of the fact that Zimmerman was assaulted during the initial struggle and a young man dead. This guy will never get a fair trial as the police continue to investigate this case as both the president and public have already convicted him, where is the justice.

  15. Wiseguy says:

    With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.

    That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.

    Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened, but that night, Feb. 26, and in later meetings he described and re-enacted for police what he says happened.

  16. Scotsjock says:

    Justice for Treyvon Martin! What about justice for George Martin?
    The whole story hasn’t come out yet. Only one police tape has been released. I hear there are more. One of which shows Zimmerman was being threatened.
    Anyway whats the big deal. Blacks are shooting blacks every day in every major city around the country and we don’t get any reaction from Sharpton and his racist gang. Yes I did say racist. It works both ways.
    If white boy went wandering around any gheto in the country he would be shot dead and it wouldn’t even get a minor headline in a local paper. Maybe it’s time white people rise up and start demonstrating aginst black racists

  17. Frankie Russo says:

    The idiots and small brained racist comments on here by Monkey Time and Youse and other morons are bringing down the intelligence of this website.

  18. Rob Pettis says:

    Here’s an idea, how about instead of all the opinionated hate conversations we discuss some specific information on the march tonight in Baltimore? Besides beginning at 4:00 pm at Light and Pratt streets and the march ending at police headquarters (is that even right, or is it city hall?) does anyone know the march route? Or who will be speaking tonight? And is 4:00 pm the correct start time?

    Wouldn’t it be nice to put everything else behind us for once instead of feeding off of each other to come together on this………….wouldn’t that just be easier, really?

    1. theox says:

      what are you marching for?

  19. Fred Grouell says:

    Wow, real wizards in Baltimore, rally for a cause that has yet to be determined by our Fl state judical system. By the way what about all the blows to the back of the shooters head? Self inflicted? There was no time for collaboration the police arrived moments after the shooting. The teenagers phone report was PRIOR to the shooting, NOT during. Let us finish investigating here before you make fools of your self there……

    1. Jake says:

      Where’s the rally protesting the black thugs rampaging throught the inner harbor and terrorizing decent people? Where’s the NAACP when in comes to all the unarmed white murder victims of black savages? I personally had my nose broken unprovoked in class in high school by a black guy, was attacked and beaten up in the lavatory by two black thugs, been robbed at knifepoint on the street by a black thug and been carjuacked by four black thugs who luckily allowed me to escape with my life. Who are the dangerous violent racists? Who do we need to be protected from? The “Rev,” Al and the NAACP are a bunch of hypocritical A-holes. They love to pounce on issues like the Trayvon Martin incident and try to portay it as illustrative of society-wide racial oppression. Meanwhile, people everywhere are terrorized day in and day out by vicious, animalistic black violence, but it’s politically incorrect for the media or political leadership to say so. SICKENING!!!

  20. Steve Wilson says:

    Instead of listening to all the Rightwing, Obama hating racists, we should be looking at the deeper picture. A State law allowing concealed weapons and a State law protecting anyone claiming they “feared for their life”. A neighborhood watch person armed against all reason. Face it, there are people that should not be allowed to own firearms.

    1. Fred Grouell says:

      EXCUSE ME…..but that is a FLORIDA STATE LAW when you pay our taxes you can regulate our lives. You don’t or can’t carry a weapon in Mayland that is your choice not mine, leave my state rights alone. I’m also glad to know you have the clarvoyance to comment on a situation hundereds of miles from your home. I happen to live hear and enjoy less crime in part due to our open carry laws and despite media BS we don’t shoot each other randomly everyday like they do in Baltimore and Wash DC

    2. theox says:

      So now it’s the right wing’s fault? Every Swiss citizen owns a gun and the murder rate there is zero. This case nothing to with guns or laws. It’s simply a case of “keeping it real gone bad”, on both sides.

  21. Farris says:

    I come from DC. and now live in Baltimore, over here they will taz a grown killer.
    I guss in Florida they shot a 17yr. old boy. I thought a 17yr. old record is private, kids just do what other kids tell them to.

  22. theox says:

    Presumption of innocence and no prejudice are the only things needed. But the opposite is happening all the way up to Obama. Nobody knows what happened so why the rally unless you want political points?

  23. Bill says:

    Felonies are not private? This is nothing but a way for Obummer to get the ignorant uneducated blacks behind him. When is Sharpen and Jacks son going back to Africa? I by th F..u… ticket.

    O bummer would never have a son because the dominate spouse predicts the sex and she is more racist then him?

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