Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trayvon Martin March For Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact : Carlene Pinto : (212) 870-6854 or cpinto@theriversdiechurchny.org

RELIGIOUS LEADERS, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ORGANIZE
MARCH FOR JUSTICE ON FRIDAY NIGHT IN HARLEM

(New York, NY - April 12, 2012) —On Friday, April 13, 2012 at 5 p.m., the Mission & Social Justice Department of the Riverside Church of New York along with the Carry on Community Development Corporation of Convent Ave. Baptist Church will march for Justice through Harlem for Trayvon Martin and all the victims of racial profiling. The march is scheduled to begin at West 120th Street & Claremont Avenue and end at Convent Ave. & West 144th Street.

Event Date : Friday, April 13, 2012

Begin Time : 5 p.m.

Meeting Place : West 120th Street & Claremont Avenue

While our nation has awakened to the February 26th murder of Trayvon Martin, his case is but one example of a long-standing civil and human rights crisis that plagues our nation's history. This long-standing civil rights crisis has in this current period heightened the racism that institutionally cripples our society and our communities of color.

Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Florida, by a Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman who pursued, confronted, and shot the 17-year-old who was unarmed. After weeks of doubt, Zimmerman was finally charged with Second Degree Murder by a Special Prosecutor. Zimmerman is expected to assert an affirmative defense under a controversial Florida law known as "Stand Your Ground."

“We will march for justice for Trayvon Martin, march for all of the victims of racial profiling, and march for the lives lost to an unjust, racialized system. We will march to never forget the names of the lives lost” said The Reverend Emery Ailes from the Prison Ministry at Convent Ave. Baptist Church.

March organizers call on all community organizations and churches to join the march tomorrow with hooded sweatshirts and posters of support. New Yorkers are encouraged to lend your voice to those who have been silenced -- and to use mass media to spread the word! -- that Trayvon Martin, Ramarley Graham, Danroy Henry, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, and the numerous others that have lost their lives will never be forgotten.

The Riverside Church of New York along with the Carry on Community Development Corporation at Convent Ave. Baptist Church invite all members of the faith community as well as the Harlem and New York City communities to join the march as we continue to call attention to the injustices which affect all of us, our children, and our futures.

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