Sunday, July 14, 2013

For Immediate Release: Seattle Joins Protests in Zimmerman Verdict

Note: This press release was written by my 6th grade writing student, who followed the Zimmerman trial via tweets from his favorite athletes.

For Immediate Release
July 14th, 2013

Seattle Joins Protests in Zimmerman Verdict

Meetings, Marches, and Rallies Announced for this Evening

Community members are gathering in Horace Mann School and Westlake Center to protest the Zimmerman verdict Sunday evening at 4pm and 6pm.

The first gathering at Horace Mann School will be a meeting place for people in Seattle. This includes community leaders, students, families, musicians, and others. There will be music and a rally as well as a place for people to discuss the politics of Zimmerman’s verdict.

At 6pm the second gathering at Westlake Center will be a gathering place for a rally. This is the result of a national day of action called yesterday when the verdict was announced. This place, Westlake Center, will be the starting point of a march.

These protests and gatherings are caused because a jury in Florida ruled that Zimmerman wasn’t guilty. A shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, happened on February 26th, 2012. Martin was Black and citizens of the United States think there is racism involved in the case. Zimmerman shot because he thought Martin was stealing. Martin was not stealing. People are angry and protests flared in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, and more.

People are gathering today in Seattle to share their opinions on the George Zimmerman Verdict, racism in the judicial system, and how peace and harmony can be formed in the United States by people working to keep fears and dangers away from each other.

Meeting of Minds/Rally for Justice
Horace Mann School
2410 E. Cherry

March/Rally for Trayvon
Westlake Center Park
401 Pine St 

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