George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin a week ago, but here in Houston and across the nation, the issue is far from over.
Hundreds of people packed the front steps of City Hall Saturday morning to protest the acquittal of Zimmerman.
“Every child of god, race, color, gender should be marching in the name of justice for Trayvon Martin, all of us,” Bishop James Dixon said.
This was meant to be one of a 100 peaceful protests happening nationally until someone interrupted Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee during her speech.
“When I walked on these mounds…let me um,” the Congresswoman said as she was interrupted by activist opponents. “Let us pay attention where there is grief and mercy, and that is this direction. Freedom of speech travels to those who agree and those who do not agree.”
One of the demonstrators at Saturday’s event, Michele Feiffer, had her 6-year-old daughter with her.
“She is multi-racial. She may not look like the average, black person,” Feiffer said of her daughter. “I’m teaching her not to judge people based on race, religion, disability or gender. It’s important; we have to teach our children.”
And many children attended today’s protest, however, the weather may have been too much for them to endure as some had to be treated for heat exhaustion.
There were no arrests at Saturday’s event, but police are expecting a different ball game for a protest planned for Sunday afternoon in the River Oaks area.
Many stores in the area will be shutting their doors early in preparation for the march.
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