Hundreds gather for Indiana 'Justice for Trayvon' rally
It's been nearly a week since the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. But, communities across the country are just starting their efforts for change in remembrance of Trayvon Martin.
Rallies in 100 cities took place Saturday, one of them here in Indianapolis.
"We need to remind ourselves that justice for Trayvon is justice for everyone," said a speaker at the rally.
Under threatening skies, a demonstration of peace and unity with a call to action.
"Even though the life of Trayvon Martin is in God's hands, we come together in Indianapolis to say that his legacy is in our hands," said another speaker.
Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network called for 100 "Justice for Trayvon" vigils Saturday at federal courthouses nationwide. In Indianapolis, the crowd came ready.
"No justice! No peace," shouted the crowd.
Neither rain, nor wind, nor lightning and thunder will deter these supporters for Trayvon Martin anxious to hear a message and then share one.
"This wasn't about let's get together and holler and scream and now we're done. This was about let's mobilize and strategize because this is really a national effort," said Rev. Stephen J. Clay, President of the IN Chapter of the National Action Network and pastor of Messiah Baptist Church.
Organizers are calling on Governor Mike Pence and state lawmakers to review Indiana's 'Stand your Ground' laws along with nearly 30 other states.
"You can be Michael Vick and kill dogs and go to jail. But, you shoot a child that is a black male and you go free. Something is obviously wrong," said Rev. Jeffrey Johnson, pastor of Eastern Star Church.
"It could have been any of us young, black men out here. If we don't get justice for this Trayvon Martin case, then I feel nothing's going to go right again," said DaShawn Warfield.
"Why didn't someone stop for Trayvon? A child was being shot. Why didn't someone stop? That goes down to privilege of skin color and who we think is an appropriate victim and not an appropriate victim," said Vivian Deno.
They're questions this group plans to seek answers to as they rally for change and push for action.
The National Action Network is also calling on the federal government to investigate civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.