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People react to Trayvon Martin Rally to be held in South Bend

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Saturday will mark one week since George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the Trayvon Martin Case.  Now a rally is scheduled for tomorrow in Downtown South Bend.  We first reported plans for the rally Thursday night.  Ever since the story has gotten a lot of response on our Facebook page.

Jeff said  "When is the Support Zimmerman rally?  Marjorie said, "Doesn't the justice system matter anymore? He went to court they found him not guilty... so I think that should be the end of it."  And Caitlin said "Guess what! None of you were there!!! Therefore no one knows the whole REAL story besides Zimmerman and Trayvon.

FOX28 spoke to an organizer of the Rally on Friday.  He told us it's a grass roots effort between ministers, people in the community, and the NAACP.

Organizers said the "Cry for Justice Rally" is about remembering Trayvon Martin and to cry out for all children.  Several similar rallys have taken place across the country.  Youth Advocate Kintae Lake said having a rally here is important.  "When people can come together in a civilized way and really communicate something I think it makes a big difference."

But he said the message can't just end after the rally.  "A rally is just a door opener.  After that door's open we need to take advantage of it," said Lake.

Pastor Gilbert Washington agrees.  He's one of the rally's organizers.  He said it's about reflecting on these questions, "What can we do today?  How many lives can we save?  How many people can we mentor?  How can me make a difference in our community?"

Washington said Saturday's rally has a 4 point agenda.  To Pray, Advocate, Provide a presence, and continue a conversation in our community.

He hopes to reach a lot of people.  "We're expecting a good crowd"  But he doesn't forsee any problems.  "People have been peaceful in our community and we want to continue that," said Washington.

South Bend Police Captain Phil Trent said, "we expect everything to be pretty orderly."  He said police are prepared and will be there to monitor the rally.  "We're gonna have to play this by ear depending on the size of the crowds we get."

And organizers hope the event sparks conversation beyond Saturday's rally.  They want the rally to be a starting point to an open dialogue about race, violence, how to keep children safe, and the legal system.

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