Justice for Trayvon – rally in Nashville

Today Javier and I joined hundreds of people at the capitol to rally for justice for Trayvon Martin and others just like him – others like Troy Davis and Emmett Till – others that the U.S. justice system has utterly failed. The rally was amazing – everyone wearing hoodies, carrying bags of skittles and tea (not cause for murder) and joining voices to speak up for victims like Trayvon. There were many, many meaningful messages to take away from the speakers at the event, but one of the most important was that we cannot let a rally be the end to this fight for justice. Again, like I said in the post about the million hoodies campaign – we shouldn’t and mustn’t attend a rally, take a picture and say we’ve done our part. We have to actively engage in conversations about how race defines the institutions and social interactions in our nation – how racial hierarchies determine who gets access to which resources, who gets access to justice. Below are some photos from the rally. Hoy Javier y yo nos unimos a cientos de personal en el edificio de estado para apoyar la protesta por justicia para Trayvon Martins y otros como el – otros como Troy Davis y Emmett Till – otros casos donde el sistema de justicia de los Estados Unidos les ha fallado. La protesta fue increible – todos usando gorros, llevando bolsas de skittles y te frio (no una razon para ser asesinado) y uniendo las voces para protestar por las victimas como Treyvon. Hubieron muchos, mucho mensajes importantes para sacar a relucir de la gente que hablo en el microfono en el evento.  Pero uno de los mas importantes es que no podemos dejar que esta protesta sea el ultimo espfuerzo por justicia. Como dije en el post de la campana por un millon de gorros – no deberia ir a una protesta y sacar un par de fotos y pensar que ya cumplimos con nuestra parte. Tenemos que ser activos en incentivar la conversacion de como la raza define las intituciones y las interacciones sociales en nuestra nacion – como la jerarquia racial determinan quien tiene acceso a que recursos, y quien tiene acceso a la justicia. Aqui van algunas fotos de la protesta…

by far the most powerful moment for me at the rally – the young man standing behind the speaker is 17 – just like Trayvon

3 responses to “Justice for Trayvon – rally in Nashville”

  1. Ugh, I have tears looking through these pictures again. Thank you for sharing, what a beautiful and simultaneously disheartening rally. Disheartening only because these rallies around the country are necessary in the first place.

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