Troiano: 'Stand Up for Trayvon Martin,' Attend Rally

Demonstration will take place Saturday afternoon on steps of Hempstead Village Hall.

The public outcry in response to the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has spread across the nation and on Saturday, local residents will be demonstrating their outrage over the incident.

Hempstead Village officials are holding a rally on the steps of their village hall on March 31 at 1 p.m. and Nassau County Legis. Robert Troiano is encouraging the public to attend.

Troiano represents District 2, which includes the Lakeview section of West Hempstead, and is very passionate about protecting the rights of minorities.

"Thirty-two days ago Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American male, was fatally shot in the chest by a self-appointed Neighborhood Watch vigilante," Troiano said. Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, has yet to be arrested and charged in the shooting, as he maintains he was acting in self-defense.

"As if an unjustified killing of a young man isn't tragic enough, over the last 72 hours there has been a sustained effort to kill Trayvon’s reputation, too," Troiano added. "Irrelevant statements have been released by segments of the media intent on coloring the public's perceptions of Trayvon."

These reports have included allegations that Martin was dealing drugs and that he attacked Zimmerman the night of the shooting.

"Enough is enough!" says Troiano, who will be attending the rally. "It’s time for all of us concerned about justice to stand up for Trayvon ... and his parents."
Patch has also learned that will also participate in the demonstration.

The "Stand Your Ground Rally" will be held at 1 p.m. on March 31 on the steps of Hempstead Village Hall, which is located at 99 Nicholls Court in Hempstead.

Will you be attending the rally? What do you think of the Trayvon Martin case? Tell us in the comments section below.

R P March 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Excellent comment.
Gerald Barr March 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Rosemary, if you are sensitive to our community you would know that we have been rallying about black-on-black crime for a number of years. Try tuning your radio to a Black channel and you would hear our issues. Michael and Antz, racist ideologies don’t exist in a vacuum. They are reinforced in the classroom, policing, and policy-making - unfortunately claiming more lives than we all care to acknowledge. Unfortunately Black parents must prepare our young men for a world in which differences matter – a world in which when he walks down the street, white cops or citizens with racist philosophies like George Zimmermann may stop him or others may resent him, in both cases because of a potentially deadly combination of racism and machismo. It is sad that we have to burden our young men with an awareness that they may be subjected to harassment and hostility, not because of something they have done but simply because of the reactions that their race and gender evoke. It reinforces the social hierarchy. If Mr. Troiano’s rally efforts serve to educate one young black boy how to respond in a heated situation that saves his life, the rally would have succeeded.
Art March 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM
What a lot of people seem to be missing about this case is the fact that a teenager was shot and the local police appear to have done a very cursory investigation and failed to refer it to a grand jury. Any parent whose son was shot dead would be outraged by the failure of the system to, at a minimum, take a very close look at all the evidence in the case and present it to a grand jury to determine whether criminal charges should be brought. That was not done in this case, so the outcry is justified. The outcry, in fact, brought about the current focus on the case, and a thorough investigation is now underway. What cannot be justified is the attempt by many leaders and politicians to now attempt to try this case in the press and draw all kinds of conclusions based on false and incomplete accounts of the evidence. We want a thorough investigation, but not street justice.
yvette March 31, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Thats cause that kid was arrested for his crime! And white people did not undergo the amount of prejudices black people did and had to fight for there rights and are in fact still fighting! maybe some white people dont know or understand the effect of being judged by the color of there skin just casue your black your automatically a threat....Trayvon was racially profiled and was assumed to be a threat, was followed and then shoot in cold blood ! and the man who did it is walking free! so yes some will be outraged! Arrest the damn man for his crime and all will be fine...if u hadnt noticed thats where its steaming from that he got away with cold blooded murder all over an assumption!..And as you say that boy should have called the police trayvons killer should have let the police do there job after they repeated tolld him to leave the kid alone and stop folowing him! how is someone a threat and there the one being followed I dont quite comprehend any of it
R P April 01, 2012 at 12:42 AM
The outcry in FL brought about the Grand Jury as you mention. Further agitation serves no purpose. We don't have ALL the evidence in the case and never will unless you attend the investigation. I hope you don't believe the media. Therefore all this political agitation (which is all it is) just stirs civil unrest.


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