Sarasota News Leader

07/26/2013

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CRIES FOR JUSTICE 'THERE'S A TRAYVON MARTIN RIGHT HERE IN SARASOTA' By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Dozens of protesters hit the streets of downtown Sarasota and Newtown Saturday, July 20, decrying the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman and linking the Trayvon Martin shooting to the death of Sarasota's Rodney Mitchell. The day of rallies began along the bayfront at 9 a.m. and continued outside the Sarasota County Justice Center at 1 p.m. Around 60 or so — a mix of young, old, black and white — appeared at the second rally, listening to speeches about the importance of community action and the need to register to vote before moving down the street to chant at the corner of U.S. 301 and Ringling. Protesters carried signs with slogans such as "No justice no peace," "Enough is enough" and "Justice for Trayvon." One woman wore a hoodie with a charcoal drawing of Martin and the slogan, "He could've been my son," while another waved a cardboard poster A poster from one of Saturday's rallies lies on the ground after the event. Photo by Cooper Levey-Baker

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