INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST FOR JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN EVEN MORE CRITICAL IN THE WAKE OF SPECIAL PROSECUTOR’S “NO GRAND JURY” ANNOUNCEMENT
Demand Justice for Trayvon Martin – Tuesday, April 10 – 6 P.M. Union Square NYC
All who are planning to participate in worldwide protests on April 9 and 10 to demand justice for Trayvon Martin should consider recent developments regarding the grand jury as an important reason to double their efforts to make the protests massive and determined.
The announcement by special prosecutor Angela Corey that a grand jury — that had originally been scheduled to take up Trayvon Martin’s case on April 10 but is now not going to do that — can only be viewed as confusing at best and troubling at worse.
This is not the news that people across the country, indeed across the world, had been waiting to hear. Justice demands an arrest for murder, not another excuse for a delay — which is what the special prosecutor’s announcement amounts to.
Justice delayed is justice denied. Six weeks have come and gone since Trayvon was murdered for being Black and young. The prosecutors and police have had plenty of time to reverse their clumsy efforts to sweep this murder under the rug and do what every rational freedom-loving person demands: arrest George Zimmerman.
Yet, as of this date, the only people who have been arrested in the Trayvon Martin case, have been six students protesting for justice by blocking the doors of the Sanford, Fla. police station.
The delay of justice is unacceptable. The unprecedented mass movement for Trayvon that has blossomed over the last three weeks, can only view more delays as a sign that the powers that be are not yet getting the message: No justice, No peace.
Moreover, if the delay of justice continues, or if the special prosecutor announces that Mr. Zimmerman will not be arrested and charged with murder, the incredible protest that have already taken place in reaction to Trayvon’s murder, will pale in comparison to the mass outrage that such an announcement would provoke.