A rally is planned in Napa on Thursday evening to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black Florida youth who was killed during an altercation with a white man who was patrolling his neighborhood.
The rally, called Somos Trayvon Martin (We are Trayvon Martin), will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse, 825 Brown St., organizers announced.
“Somos Trayvon Martin is intended to be an expression of black and brown unity” in the wake of George Zimmerman being acquitted Saturday of all charges in Martin’s death, organizer Rhina Noemi Henriquez said in a news release.
Zimmerman’s acquittal has triggered protests nationally over issues of racial profiling and justice for minorities.
“Organizers believe what happened to Trayvon could have happened to almost any person of color. In Napa, over 30 percent of the population is Latino,” the news release states.
“The narratives imposed on communities of color tend to criminalize and place people like Trayvon in situations where they have to defend their existence,” said Edgar-Arturo Camacho-González of Napa.
“I believe this should be a wake-up call to every color including whites that racism and stereotyping still exist,” said Tayler Tildsley. “It is important for all of us to work together in order to change the path of thinking in order for all of us to live with justice that we all deserve.”
Speakers will include Napa Valley College Professor of Humanities and Africana Studies Janet Stickmon, Napa Valley College instructor of Chicano Studies and Napa Valley Unified School Board Member Carlos Hagendorn as well as representatives from the Napa Valley Dream Team and from the Napa Valley Ethnic Studies Advocates.