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Local activists protest Zimmerman acquittal

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

At least 100 cities, including Jackson held rallies Saturday to honor slain 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. The Jackson rally and others across the state and country come one week after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Martin.

Downtown Jackson was filled with hundreds of activists this afternoon calling for justice for Martin. Saturday was recognized as a "Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action." 

Jackson attorney CJ Lawrence said the issue at hand is not black or white, but about getting Martin supporters and Zimmerman supporters to understand each other's perceptions.

"It's the people that want to know why we want justice for Trayvon Martin, the people speaking out against that, the people that supported George Zimmerman their perception, we both need to get to the bottom of it," said Stewart.

Activists disappointed with George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict rallied not only in Jackson, but across the country. Martin's father spoke during a Miami rally and Trayvon's mom reached out to a large crowd in New York.

"Not only do I vow to you to do what I can for Trayvon Martin, I promise I'm going to work hard for your children too," said Martin's mom, Sybrina Fulton.

Back in Jackson some ralliers expressed that they're not after Zimmerman, but want to stress the importance of civically protesting what they call an unjust verdict.

"Jim Crow carried out and it was legal and we shouldn't and we didn't accept that outcome," said JSU Political Science Professor D'Andra Orey.

Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes also led a Trayvon Martin rally from the Chancery Court to the Federal Courthouse.

"Trayvon won't come back but we're going to try to see that other young men don't lose their life in a senseless matter," said Stokes.

Supervisor Stokes said he's going to Chicago in August to rally against the "Stand Your Ground" law.

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