- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vigils are being planned across the country to mark the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — a case that has stoked racial tensions and questioned Florida’s “stand your ground” laws for the past two years.

Rallies are being held in major cities across the country, and many participants are being asked to wear hoodies in solidarity with the slain teen.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted in July for the 2012 killing of the unarmed teen, who was wearing a hoodie at the time of his death.

Students at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida will walk in hoodies on Wednesday night and light candles as a memorial for Trayvon. They will also ask people to sign petitions to get rid of the state’s “stand your ground” law.

In Birmingham, Ala., the Outcast Voters League and the NAACP will remember the teen a candle lighting ceremony, silent march and wreath laying.

People Utilizing Real Power, or PURP, is asking Philadelphia residents “still sickened by the widespread acceptance of the Zimmerman verdict” to attend a candlelight vigil to “rally against discriminatory violence.”

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has planned a “Day of Outrage & Remembrance” in Los Angeles.

And students at the University of New Hampshire are holding a candlelight vigil in honor of “Trayvon Martin (Luther King Jr.).”



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