Local pastors promote national “justice for Trayvon” vigil

July 19, 2013
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West Side pastors will meet in front of the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., today from noon to 1 p.m. to urge all Chicagoans who believe in one judicial system for all people to participate in the “Justice for Trayvon” 100-city vigil.

The national demonstration is being organized by Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network. Faith leaders, grassroots organizations, parents and youth are gearing up to gather in front of Dirksen at noon to press the federal government to file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin as he walked home from a convenience store last year.

Today the ministers will talk about Saturday’s event and explain why citizens from all races and every corner of the city should attend. Ministers will also disburse flyers.

“We are calling on all Chicagoans to join us Saturday and other fellow Americans across the nation as we demand that the Department of Justice move forward with federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman,” Ira Acree pastor of Greater St. John Bible Church and one of the vigil organizers, said in a press release.

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