EUGENE, Ore. — Less than a week after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a group in Eugene is protesting the verdict.
On Thursday night, protesters at the University of Oregon’s EMU Amphitheater plan to show solidarity with others around the country who have spoken out against Zimmerman’s controversial acquittal. Demonstrators say that even though it’s been five days since the trial ended, there is still reason to protest.
“This is still a fresh event and the conversation about the verdict of the trial will never become old,” says Olivia Manwarren of the University of Oregon Black Student Union. “Five days, one year, we still believe this is a relevant topic.”
Leaders of the rally say this issue is about race and that if Trayvon hadn’t been a young black boy, the case would have unfolded differently.
The rally begins at 7 p.m. and the Black Student Union will be joined by the Native American Student Union and other civil rights groups.