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.

antzawol March 30, 2012 at 02:20 PM
So many children are dying every day & nobody marches for them. Trayvon is another Tawanna Brawley. He was suspended from school more than once and has a "sealed" criminal record. Even the behavior of his mother lacks the grief one would expect....as she is now trying to copywright his name & slogans. I don't really know what the goal of all this chaos is supposed to be. People who have jobs and responsibilities have no time to march all over the country.
Rosemarie March 30, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I feel for the loss of any child, But why is it that when ever a black person is killed by anyone other then another black person is there outrage. Also I still can not forget the killing of the white boy by a black men out in suffolk. I grant you the boys should not have gone to his home But the men and his family were safe in the locked up house and should have just called the police and waited. NO instead he went outside and shot the kid in his face and KILLED HIM. White people didn't start protests or even run thru stores and rob and steal like the students in florida did Some call for justice just rob and steal and thats OK
Bea Bayley March 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
This is a matter of right and wrong. Why aren't more folks angry that a kid can't walk to the store without being harrased by some self appointed vigilante? We have a clear justice system in America. Even if he was committing a crime (which he wasn't) the penalty for robbery is not death. This man was not an officer of the law. Trayvon had no obligation to stop and answer his questions. He had the same right to walk down the street as anyone else. Why do these ignorant people try to justify a homicide by bearing false witness? I pray that these people come to their senses and stop undervaluing the life of Black youth. There is no possible way that a 140 pound kid can take down a 250+ pound man with a gun in his hand. We teach our children about stranger danger, but we still cannot hide them from hateful people. No parent should have a child walk to the store and return in a body bag.
R P March 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Very Smart Mr Troiano! Inflame more people over this tragedy and get the neighborhoods riled up to accomplish what? More votes for you? We need calm, we need true investigation not rhetoric from the uninformed, and we all are not privy to any knowledge other than a young boy is dead, and we know how and who caused it! This was a terrible trajedy. However, the uninformed public is not the place to determine guilt. I agree "they" are trying to bring in other factors that are irrelevant. Your choice of words and as an elected official to weigh in with terms like vigilante is right in line with the media that is hyping this for their own gain. We may never know the truth and I wouldn't take the word of the person with the smoking gun when the other cannot speak for himself. But to hold a ralley, for what? YOU SHOULD BE HOLDING A RALLEY AGAINST THE MEDIA, AGAINST SPIKE LEE, AGAINST THE FACT THAT SOMEONE TOLD "NOT TO PURSUE....." Did so anyway and a death occurred. IF Zimmerman is guilty, he should pay a severe price. The courts do not decide on popular vote! Where were you in instances described by other commentors? We need calm and cool heads, very difficult when a child is involved and my heart goes out to the family. We could never imagine their grief. But to hold a ralley serves no purpose here in NY. For that, you have displayed that you are the the west end of an eastbound horse!
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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