We Are All Trayvon Martin

Written by Andrea Cladek

Thousands of people gathered in peaceful nation-wide protests for social justice the weekend following George Zimmerman’s non-guilty verdict on July 15.

Demonstrators flocked to Times Square, blocked freeways in LA and rallied in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Houston and Chicago to share their grief and outrage for slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The NAACP has also petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman, garnering the support of politicians like Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and activist Rev. Jesse Jackson.      

Justice spokesperson Dena W. Iverson stated:

 “As the Department first acknowledged last year, we have an open investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. . .Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statues within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial.”

The Cure Violence partnership stands in support with the Dept. of Justice, as it continues to evaluate the trial and investigation evidence in response to the federal civil rights charges.

Reporting from Salon and The Nation contributed to this post.