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60 Attend Utica Rally for Justice Reform

July 19, 2013

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200VLUU L200  / Samsung L200VLUU L200  / Samsung L200 Over sixty local residents attended a rally today (Thursday, July 18) which called for action and changes to the criminal-justice system including repealing “Stand your Ground” laws as well as ending “stop and frisk” and racial profiling practices. It was held in front of the New York State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica.

Speakers included the Rev. Bell, Philip Benson, and Diane Berry. The rally was organized by a coalition of community groups including the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., Occupy Utica, Central New York MoveOn Council, Cornhill Community for Change, Neighborhood Investment Association, and the Working Families Party.

The rally was called in light of the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

John Furman, the President of the Central New York Citizens in Action, stated: “The purpose of the rally is to prevent future tragedies by promoting constructive dialogue, peace, harmony, justice, multicultural understanding, and unity. The groups representing the coalition have committed to work together to bring about economic and social justice in Central New York. We hope as a group to develop alternative policies and legislation to promote equity and fairness on both a local and state level.”

The rally organizers advocated for the United States Department of Justice to consider filing criminal civil rights charges in the Zimmerman case. At the rally, signatures were collected on petitions calling for the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges to further the cause of fairness and justice.

John Furman continued: “We continue to grieve the loss of Trayvon Martin. His family remains in our thoughts and prayers during this very hard time. We urge all who share in our nation’s values of justice to continue to practice the nonviolent teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The shooting of Travyon was a terrible tragedy and injustice, but his death has sparked passion among our nation’s citizens, particularly its youth, to work for equality and justice. We must continue our peaceful movement toward racial and economic justice. While we must accept and respect the jury’s decision under our judicial system, we want to make it clear that this is far from over. We are focusing on three important issues. One, we are asking the Department of Justice to commence a criminal investigation to determine whether there was a violation of civil rights laws. Two, we are encouraging people of all backgrounds to join us on August 23-24 for an historic effort in Washington, DC – the “Drum Majors for Justice Summit: Redeem the Dream” and the “Civil Rights Continuation March.” Three, we are asking our elected officials to carefully review and repeal “Stand your Ground” laws and end racial profiling practices such as ‘stop and frisk’.”

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JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN – RALLY FOR JUSTICE REFORM THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 4 TO 6 P.M.

July 16, 2013

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

RALLY FOR JUSTICE REFORM

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

4 TO 6 P.M.

IN FRONT OF NEW YORK STATE OFFICE BUILDING, 207 GENESEE STREET, DOWNTOWN UTICA

The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., Occupy Utica, and other groups are planning a rally to call for action and changes to the criminal-justice system including repealing stand your ground laws as well as ending stop and frisk and racial profiling practices. The rally was called in light of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, of second-degree murder manslaughter charges.

What: At the rally, attendees will call on state and federal officials to repeal “stand your ground” laws as well as end racial profiling and stereotyping and stop and frisk laws.
Who: Central New York Citizens in Action, Occupy Utica, and other local groups
Where: 207 Genesee Street, New York State Office Building, Downtown Utica, (opposite from the Radisson Hotel)

When: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013

How you can help: Please ask your organization, house of worship, agency, and community group to co-sponsor this event. Please bring signs and banners. We also need speakers. Kindly bring digital cameras/video recorders so we can put the event on social media. Please forward this message to other supporters via email, text, twitter, listservs, and Facebook.

For more information:

John Furman
President
Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.
P.O. Box 411
Utica, NY 13503-0411
315-725-0974
cnycitizenaction@gmail.com