Invitation to Walk with Trayvon Martin

Invitation to Walk with Trayvon Martin

What:  Occupy Eugene in collaboration with the ACLU, Civil Liberties Defense Center, NAACP, Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network and CALC (the Community Alliance of Lane County), invites the public to wear a hoody and walk with Trayvon.

After gathering at the Campbell Center, the group will walk to the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza for a vigil and rally featuring Mayor Piercy.

Organizers have chosen to start the march in the area of Eugene that was home to Eugene’s first black neighborhood. The community was demolished in 1949.

When/Where: Monday, April 2, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Campbell Center, 2nd and High streets.

Why: Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African-American who was shot and killed by a 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch volunteer who claimed Martin looked suspicious. The shooter, George Zimmerman, has yet to be charged with any crime, and the incident has sparked national outrage touching issues of racism and politics, particularly with the “Stand Your Ground” law, which critics call the “shoot first” law.

Everyone is encouraged to wear a hoody and to come Walk with Trayvon.