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Martin rally is set, organizers hope to inspire change

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Expect to see crowds in downtown Shreveport Saturday. The NAACP, ACLU and the National Action Network plan to lead an estimated 400 local Trayvon Martin supporters in a rally. It's a move to show more than their disapproval of George Zimmerman's verdict.

"Our goal is to walk by, come passed the federal courthouse, just like the children of Israel did to the Wall of Jerico and say come down wall," organizer Artis Cash said. "Then, we're going to go and have ourselves a rally at the parish courthouse."

Cash says the rally will show support for the Martin family. He also hopes it inspires people to vote for Louisiana lawmakers that are more sympathetic to their causes. That way they can inspire change.

"It's to take the energy and frustration that's out there and redirecting to A, registering people to vote," Cash said. "B, getting them in the process so that we don't have laws like the law that caused Trayvon Martin his death."

Cash is talking about the state's "Stand Your Ground Law." Louisiana's is very similar to Florida's. Cash believes such laws can devalue African Americans.

"Well, Michael Vick, for instance, can kill a dog a get 21 months," Cash said. "George Zimmerman killed a child and gets no months. So, that's under valuing the next generation of African Americans."

Cash says his efforts to encourage people to vote will continue into the coming months.

 

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