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Local group ready to rally for justice for Trayvon Martin

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Several small organizations are joining forces to host a rally following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.

KTBS 3 News has learned that the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNI) , the Nation of Islam, Nubian Cultural Outreach Center and grassroots and religious organizations from around the area will gather Thursday evening at the Caddo Parish Courthouse for a Rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin.

The purpose of the rally is to express solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, pressure the United States Department of Justice to file federal charges against Zimmerman, and call for the formation of a Citizen Review Board to address problems of abuse with local law enforcement.

Local leaders, ministers, artists, and others are expected to be in attendance.

Organizer Kojo Livingston of UNI tells KTBS 3 News that they want to help people understand how to take a mature approach to be effective in the fight against injustice.

Organizer Lester Smith says that the nation needs to acknowledge that a problem exists.

Smith also maintains that this is not just an issue of civil rights but human rights.

They encourage the public to attend.

The rally is scheduled for 5:30p.m. Thursday at the Caddo Parish Courthouse, located at 501 Texas Street in Shreveport.

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