￼ This house might be forgotten, but for many people the name “Trayvon Martin” has a special meaning. They say the tensions over social issues are far from abandoned.
￼ The organizer of the rally, Ricky Roberts, notes why she wanted to be involved.
“There was going to be a national call for communities to come together on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. I just thought, ok. Let me try to pull some people together and make sure that we get respresented in Athens.”
￼ “The Justice for All: Solidarity Rally” is a national movement made local.
Roberts says the national issues being covered are “Justice for Trayvon Martin, jobs not mass incarceration, immigrants rights issues, and living wage.”
￼And the Athens rally will have an important addition.
“In Athens I thought it was appropriate that we interject LGBT equality.” says Roberts. “Because that’s very much, to me, a part of civil rights. It’s a part of social justice. ￼ The rally will be held here at the Arch at 6:00 on Wednesday. It’s purpose is not only to raise awareness about Trayvon Martin, but all other forms of social injustice.”
A participant in the rally, Lisa Rainford, says that it is more than a racial issue.
“￼That was a really big thing back then for that march, so nowadays, it’s not just about black people it’s about everyone that’s around and everyone needs their civil rights.”
￼ Roberts hopes it will be a significant event in Athens history.
￼ “Because you can talk about it and talk about it all day long,” says Rainford. “But when you actually do something about it, that is a little bit more profound.”
￼ Participants say it’s time to stop talking. And start taking a stand.
Reporter: Karli Barnett
Photographer: Brenna Bocinsky