Hundreds gather in Augusta to protest Zimmerman verdict

Saturday, July 20, 2013 8:44 PM
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Dozens stood at the corner of Wal­ton Way and James Brown Bou­le­vard on Saturday with neon-colored signs with “Stop the violence” scrawled across them in black ink.

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Earl Sinkler (center), of Augusta, joins other Travyon Martin supporters at the corner of Walton Way and James Brown Boulevard after the Trayvon Martin After-the-Verdict Rally, which was held at the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse. Sinkler said he wanted to show his support for the Martin family. "I can sympathize with them; I can empathize with them," he said.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Earl Sinkler (center), of Augusta, joins other Travyon Martin supporters at the corner of Walton Way and James Brown Boulevard after the Trayvon Martin After-the-Verdict Rally, which was held at the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse. Sinkler said he wanted to show his support for the Martin family. "I can sympathize with them; I can empathize with them," he said.

Behind them, a crowd of several hundred was forming at the footsteps of the Augusta-Richmond Coun­ty Judicial Center for a rally called for after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

“Although we respect the jurisprudence decision, this nation as a whole is protesting the outcome based on the fact a young man was shot and killed,” Charles J. Smith Sr., the president of Augusta’s NAACP branch, told the crowd. “This is why we feel like (Zimmer­man) should have been found guilty.”

Speakers took turns at the microphone, standing in the shadow of the Lady Justice statue.

Shirley Nixon, of Augusta, navigated the crowd with voter registration cards tucked under one arm. She carried a megaphone in the other, reminding attendees that voting is one way to make a difference. Nixon said 50 people had registered to vote by noon.

“If they register to vote, they can have a say in what goes on,” she said.

Across the way, ralliers pushed through the crowd to buy shirts displaying a picture of a hooded Martin. Neichole Wimberly, of Au­gusta, said the shirts, which resemble a boxing poster, show the verdict was only round No. 1 of the fight for justice, with round No. 2 requiring support from the community.

“I don’t feel like nobody – white, black, Puerto Rican – should walk free after committing a crime,” said Wimberly, who was selling the shirts. “Somebody has to do something. Somebody has to push the laws.”

Christa Freeman, a law student from Augusta, said the rally was meant to call on the support of the community and to address issues at home so that other such incidents won’t happen in the future.

“Trayvon is a child of America, not just black America,” she said. “Today is just a start, of course. The verdict was just announced last Saturday, so we are just now starting to mobilize.”

Shari Collier, whose 27-year-old son was slain in 2010, said she can sympathize with Martin’s family. She said she hopes the rally will bring justice for everyone.

“This is not a black issue,” Collier said. “This is a people issue.”

At a community forum at Wil­liams Memorial Christian Metho­dist Episcopal Church, eight panelists covered topics from Florida’s “stand your ground” law to involvment in the Augusta community.

Tubman Education Center Prin­ci­pal Wayne Frazier, one of the panelists, challenged parents to take a more active role in the lives of their children.

“We profile our own children,” he said. “How do you think other people are going to feel when we profile our own children? We’re trying to get our children to do things we don’t do.”

After being recognized by a few members in the crowd, state Sen. Har­die Davis made his way to the front to offer some final thoughts.

“I don’t run from issues like this,” he said. “Where do we go from here? What are you going to do about it? It’s going to take you rolling up your sleeves in this community.”

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lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/22/13 - 10:56 am
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HEY JUSTMYOPINION
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the real truth is trayvons sorry azz daddy does not have a place of his own...he is currently married but have a girlfriend (i guess claiming to be in the process of divorcing his 2nd wife, and he LIVES WITH HIS SISTER!!!) HEY JUST HERE'S A LINK YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING ITS OLE TRAYVON LOOKING TO SCORE SOME LIQUID CODENE TO MIX UP A BATCH OF LEAN/PURPLE DRANK/SIZZURP THIS WAS FOUND BEFORE HIS FACEBK/TWITTER PAGE WAS WIPED CLEAN AND PART OF WHAT THE DEFENSE WANTED TO HAVE ENTERED INTO EVIDENCE..it shows "ole trayvon" in an entirely different light, one as a "thug in training" smoking weed, growing weed, holding a semi-automatic handgun, and communicating with his friend asking him if he knows anybody with a prescription for liquid codene......

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/06/29/the-alicia-stanley-story-...

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lifelongresident 07/22/13 - 03:01 pm
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the only reason they are
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the only reason they are protesting is someone promised them an EBT giftcard if they would participate...it looks like the case doesn't have legs like the rodney king case and the race pimps (local and national) are desperate and is resulting in lies being spread...this case in not about stand your ground, if it was then the defense would have used it at trial. this case does not have the "white moral outrage" so its time the race pimps and bottom feeding community leaders "gin up" the race issue because they have no answers for 7 of 10 black children are born to unwed mothers, all the schools (except johnson, davidson, walker) failed ayp, poor graduation rates in rich cnty school, more and more blacks committing crimes and killing each other, projects that are breeding grounds for crime drugs, and unwed births, more and more augustans relying on "da gub-i-ment fo dem to take care uh me and my kids cause i donts kno where mah baby daddies are fo sho and i need fo workin pee-po to take care uh mah kids cause i's dont wont to keeps mah legs closed and i's dont not wont to hab to fo sho cause i's goin to da club dis ebbening cause i dee-surb welfair foo stamps cause da white man keeps me down i needs some body to pay mah way thru sckuul like mah idol raycheel jeeenteel cause i's talks like she do fo sho"i like mah prah-jeck house cause i's only pay $3.00 a munt rent cause i anint got no job cept i do hair fo mah freends and mah new man comin obah i gots to git to de stoe so i ken bahy him he skrimps, stakes, and de crab legs fo sho"

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