Trayvon Martin rally: Student groups honor killed black teen
Several student groups will don hoodies for a rally in honor of Trayvon Martin on Saturday.
Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., in February. Because the black teenager was unarmed and charges were not pressed against the volunteer, George Zimmerman, a public outcry has erupted.
The rally is being organized to end racism in the Salt Lake community, said Victor Puertas, a sociology student at Utah Valley University and an organizer for United for Social Justice.
“As a person of color, as a member of the Latino community, I support the black community and their struggle and the oppression that they encounter under this unfair system,” Puertas said.
The Black Student Union, the Asian American Student Association, the Muslim Student Association and the Revolutionary Students Union will be hosting the rally. Community groups are also getting involved, such as the Salt Lake Dream Team, United for Social Justice, Occupy SLC and the Industrial Workers of the World.
The rally will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gallivan Center and will include a march to the Salt Lake City Public Library.
Editor’s note: The previous headline used “murder” but was changed to “killed” to reflect the lack of prosecution. Also, Trayvon’s name was misspelled.