CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - Less than 24-hours after George Zimmerman was found not-guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Concerned Citizens for Justice
held a rally in Chattanooga like other organizations in other cities across the nation.
Despite the heat and strong humidity, protestors wore hooded jackets like the one worn by the late Trayvon Martin the night he was shot to death in Sanford Florida. They held signs to show their disappointment toward the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial;a verdict that acquitted Zimmerman of second degree murder and manslaughter.
"We feel anger, frustration and mourning because of the loss of Trayvon Martin. His life individually is valuable and we also recognize that this thing happens all over the country;In our city and in our state and we want to make sure that we created a space for people to be able to talk about it," said rally organizer Ash-Lee Henderson.
Nothing was left off the table during the rally. Different speakers got in front of a crowd of people to talk about everything from the racial aspects of the trial to history repeating itself.
"Racism is power plus privilege," said one speaker.
"It could be you next. Suppose it's your son. Suppose it's me," said another speaker who spoke with passion.
The rally also allowed protestors to talk about the Stand Your Ground Law
. The Florida version of that law was at the center of the Zimmerman murder trial since Zimmerman claimed he killed Martin in self-defense.
"Tennessee has a stand your ground law that could have made my brother the Trayvon Martin that everyone is talking about now," said Henderson.
Despite protest in other cities which have shown signs of violence, the protest inside Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga was without incident.