Photos From Sunday Trayvon Martin Protest At Houston City Hall
I went to this protest and took some pictures.
The Trayvon Martin shooting , which took place in Sanford, Florida, is relevant to Houston because everything is connected. The killing of Trayvon in Florida could happen to a young person any place in our nation.
Above you see a picture of the Houston rally. There were estimates that 1,000 people showed up. Most of the people were black. But by no means were all the people at the rally black.
What people wanted at this protest was simple.
They wanted peace, justice, an end to racism, and the right to be who they are.
These are goals as American as apple pie.
These citizens made their own signs and came on down to the rally.
You will see that one of the signs indicates that the person holding the sign is his or her brother’s keeper.
What could be more basic and accurate?
Among the speakers at the rally were Congressperson Sheila Jackson Lee in blue, former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia in the hoodie, and two students from Texas Southern University.
The young lady in red is a TSU student. I’m sorry that I did not catch the names of the two young people from TSU, but they did a good job at the podium.
In addition to Congressperson Jackson Lee and Ms. Garcia, Richard Shaw from the Harris County, Texas AFL-CIO was present.
I do regret that while many local black officeholders were at the event, that white and Hispanic elected officials did not seem to be present.
We are all connected.
It is especially confusing that Houston Mayor Annise Parker was not there, or that she could not send a representative.
Mayor Parker, a so-called Democrat, was in 2011 able to attend the Reagan-Lincoln Day fundraiser of the Harris County Republican Party.
While there was a strong crowd at City Hall last Sunday, there is always room for your involvement.
The work of freedom and democracy is up to each of us.
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