It was a warm yet comfortable Sunday in Houston as hundreds convened to demand justice for one Florida teen who was shot and killed by a security officer. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Al Green and dozens of others spoke at a rally on Sunday at Houston City Hall’s Reflection Pool. They were there as part of a national outcry for an arrest in the Trayvon Martin case.
Martin was wearing a hoodie in late February when he was gunned down in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood-watch captain who told authorities the Martin who was 17 looked suspicious. Police say Martin was unarmed, carrying a bag of Skittles candy and an iced tea. George Zimmerman said he shot the unarmed boy in self-defense and has yet to be arrested for the shooting death of Martin.
National outrage over no arrest in the shooting death of Martin as well as and headlines about the case have all developed into “Justice for Trayvon Martin Movement” rallies across the county. Cities such as Chicago, Wichita, Tampa, Columbia, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.have held rallies as persons from all races call for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. Houston joins that list with several rallies and call to action events planned in the coming week.
Jackson Lee and Green spoke to a crowd of hundreds on Sunday and discussed the need for an arrest to be made in the shooting death of Martin. They also addressed the importance for the call to justice to be a “peaceful” and “vigilant” one.
On Tuesday Congress is slated to hold an information-gathering briefing that may influence legislation to change “Stand to Defend” state laws and certification requirements for people who work neighborhood watch patrols.
Green said that his fight for justice for Trayvon Martin will stretch beyond his life: