Groups plan Marietta march in protest of Zimmerman verdict
by Rachel Miller
July 19, 2013 12:47 AM | 5148 views | 41 41 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — This weekend, local demonstrators will march the mile-long distance between the Cobb Civic Center and the Square to protest the not guilty verdict handed down Saturday in the high-profile killing of Trayvon Martin.

Protesters will gather at the corner of South Marietta Parkway and Fairground Street at 6 p.m. Saturday for the “MARCH, RALLY & VIGIL for Justice for Trayvon,” which will culminate in Glover Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Organizer Ben Williams of the Cobb County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said Saturday’s event will be in solidarity with a national effort to unite civil rights groups and ask community members to stand together.

Williams said the acquittal of George Zimmerman is the newest example of the “great racial inequalities in our society.”

“Lady Justice is often times neither impartial, nor is she blind,” Williams said.

One purpose of the rally is to “communicate to young folk, especially young males of color” to be attentive and engaged with their environment so they are safe, Williams said.

Stand-your-ground

Zimmerman’s attorneys used the argument of self defense to justify the use of deadly force.

One goal of the march in Marietta is to bring down similar laws in states around the country, including Georgia, according to Rich Pellegrino, director of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance.

Pellegrino said Saturday’s event will continue efforts by the Cobb Immigrant Alliance to register voters and recruit candidates for local elections in 2014.

Even though minorities in Cobb County are gaining in numbers, representatives at the highest levels are normally white, older men, Pellegrino said.

In order to reform policies that target racial minorities at all levels, the cultural diversity in the community must be reflected in the government, he added.

Years of struggle

Williams, who lives in Mableton and has been with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference since he was 13 years old, said the rally will help get youth involved with civil rights organizations that have been fighting for decades.

“There is no need to say, ‘when we were younger,’” Williams said. “There is a fresh, new example of injustice.”

It is important not to be disconnected, but engaged in efforts for change, Williams said, who walked in the Washington D.C. march on August 28, 1963, when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Williams said he has no idea how many people will join the efforts Saturday, but is extending an invitation to “friends across all races.”

A public release about the event said to “bring signs, hoodies, skittles and whatever other symbols you wish.”

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Rich Pellegrino
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July 22, 2013
Perhaps Mike and others we should communicate to young folk the fact that blacks are stopped and arrested disproportionately more than whites and that their sentences for the exact same crimes as whites, with all other factors being equal (except the color of their skins) are 3 to 10 times harsher than those of whites.

Can you explain that away Mike--or should I say "whitewash" it away?

Perhaps Mike we should communicate to young folk the fact that people of color are still discriminated against in the workplace, in the school-place, and in every other place in America.

Are these the morals of our society that you so laud and you want us to communicate? Or is it the morals of a society that was built on slavery and Jim Crow, which still continues today in our court and legislative systems?
anonymous
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July 22, 2013
You bring up red herring arguments which are not relevant to this case because you don't have any ground to stand on.
anonymous
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July 21, 2013
Really?

So now (post-edit) Rich Pellegrino is against self-defense? Really? Changing a single phrase mid-sentence doesn't diminish the flaw in your source's assertion.

I realize the MDJ has won some awards but regurgitating the flawed assertions of a leftist political hack verbatim is not journalism. Leave that up to CNN and MSDNC.
J Right
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July 20, 2013
You just have to ignore these people and hope they go away. No words can describe just how wrong they are in this.
Common Sense
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July 20, 2013
Stay classy Detroit!
Another comment
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July 19, 2013
How can I bet that these will be the same folks who give these kids made up names. Names that set their kids for discrimination. Their kids have no problem calling my daughter who was featured in the Marietta Daily Journal as a Student Athelete, a snow bunny. I find that very demeaning and Raciest for a blonde and blue eyed girl to be called that. She is not a future playboy .

My younger child was called the ugly girl with the freckles by the black kids. Sorry, Irish kids with very white skin and reddish brown hair as her identy card from Cobb County identifies her, tend to have beautiful freckles. How Raciest. What was done when I reported this to Cobb County Schools, nothing. Then same year she and another girl who was white were called "b" everyday on the bus. Then one day, my daughter was called than and punched in the eye on the bus. Why? They were white and lived in a subdivision with homes starting in the $600k's , we were the only other bus stop, besides a section 8 apartment that was all black two miles away. The Cobb school bus tape didn't work that day, BS, it was destroyed by the black bus driver whose nephew was the ring leader.

I am a Liberal Yankee, but after 30 years of living in Atlanta you see who the real Raciest are and they are all black.
anonymous
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July 19, 2013
The "stand your ground" law was not used in this trial. Try to find a credible source of information rather than Rich Pellegrino.
anonymous
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July 19, 2013
It would appear Mr Williams may have a bad case of the pot calling the kettle black. There is a lot more good that he could do with some "home mission" there in Mableton. Home of some of the highest crime stats in the county. Able to bost multiple instances of groups of blacks attacking whites with a recent instance of 4 young black males just a little older than little Travon beating a man and throwing him unconscious into the street to be run over and killed. Show some outrage for that Mr. Williams. Say a prayer for ALL those families. March on Marietta. I imagine I know where the law abiding citizens that believe in the rule of law will be. Unfortunately, I don't think it will be on the square Saturday night so please be sure to bring along a few bucks and patronize the businesses that employ your neighbors and don't forget to tip your bartenders and waitresses.
David W
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July 19, 2013
To: Rachel Miller and Daveyy and Rich Pellegrino:

It's interesting to note that the newsprint version of this story claimed "Zimmerman's defense used Florida's stand-your-ground law to justify the deadly force...". The online version, shown above, corrected the statement to read: "Zimmerman’s attorneys used the argument of self defense to justify the use of deadly force."

I'm grateful for the correction. And you can bet Rich Pellegrino, Director of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance, knew the truth when he misinformed you.

So, I suppose the groups marching for Ben Williams this Saturday will be protesting for a ban of our self defense laws? Y'all are heading in a very dangerous direction. And you're setting a very bad example for our youngsters. You might want to rethink your strategy, Ben.

Strong Magnet
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July 19, 2013
TYhe MDJ seems to be a magnet for attracting racist comments. I wounder why?
LMFDUKE
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July 19, 2013
MDJ front page featured incorrect reporting by Rachel Miller. The "Stand Your Ground Law" was not employed in Zimmerman's defense. The case rested on his second amendment right to own and carry a weapon and on self-defense. The jury found that a preponderance of the evidence showed that Martin was the attacker and Zimmerman acted in fear of his life. Our president also got this wrong in his surprise remarks today. Accurate reporting and non-sensationalizing by the media would've gone a long way to keeping this story where it belonged: a local tragedy.

Blue Jewel
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July 19, 2013
These comments are disgusting. What happened to the right to peaceful protest?
Just Wait
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July 19, 2013
Protest, rally, shout and march all you want. The verdict is already in and it will not change. The chant "no justice, no peace" tells me two things; it's only justice if it suits your desires and if not, violence is the result. That is a great plan to heal the "racial divide."
Tracey212
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July 19, 2013
I'll be at the pool.
Jim Warren
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July 19, 2013
We all have sympathy for the family of Trayvon, as anyone losing a child, regardless of the circumstances, is tragic.

May I suggest Mr. Williams' group and their time would be better spent drawing attention to the huge problem of black on black crime in the big picture, and/or perhaps the shocking number of blacks shot by blacks just this year. Here is a link, for those who care to inform themselves to the reality.

http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/12217-chicago’s-murders-for-2012-likely-to-exceed-2011

Finally, you cannot be a hyphenated American (African American, Hispanic American, etc.). All legal citizens are American. Until we start thinking of each other in that manner, this mess will never end.
Lucy Mae
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July 19, 2013
WRONG -- Zimmerman's defense did NOT use the Stand Your Ground law as his defense. This is creating many problems, and this writer got it wrong, too.
Mike In Smyrna
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July 19, 2013
Denial and social taboos are hard to overcome.

13% of the American population is black.

40% of the male inmates in jail or prison are black.

A black male born in 1991 has a 29% chance of spending time in prison at some point in his life

More black males are in prison than are enrolled in colleges and universities

Mr. Williams – the purpose of your rally should be to communicate to young folk – especially young males the importance of morals, discipline and an education.

ugagrad
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July 19, 2013
I would venture to say that many of these protesters jumped on the big media bandwagon and have no idea about the real facts surrounding this case. How about the prosecutor who was fired for being a whistleblower and calling the prosecution out for wanting to withhold evidence on Trayvons phone. He was a thug, no doubt, and the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons and Obamas need to tone down their rhetoric.
Toby Miller
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July 19, 2013
Why does this article say the defense lawyers used Stand Your Ground? They did not.
dustoff
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July 19, 2013
Hope you have a parade permit in your hand.

If you don't then you better not be in the street.
Marietta Man
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July 19, 2013
This is one of the funniest articles I have read in a while. Thanks for the laugh MDJ.
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