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Trayvon Martin: Rev. Sharpton to lead 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies

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The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, says he will lead a national "Justice for Trayvon" day in 100 cities this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

With a nationwide vigil Saturday, Rev. Sharpton and his National Action Network are also demanding the repeal of Florida’s "stand your ground" self-defense law.

“People all over the country will gather to show that we are not having a two or three-day anger fit,” says Rev. Sharpton. “This is a social movement for justice.”

Even as these ministers vow to fight on they are urging demonstrations after episodes of violence and vandalism in Los Angeles and Oakland.

“You got to take what is reasonable, understandable anger and translate it into some preparation, organization for mobilizing in a productive way,” says Michael Kelsey, New Samaritan Baptist Church pastor.

Many Americans seem to have accepted Zimmerman’s acquittal.

“We should just move on. We can’t do anything about it,” says Marcia Hernandez of Woodbridge. .

“Whatever the jury did, they made a good decision. I agree with them 100 percent. It was not biased,” says Sonya Popal of Springfield.

But many others see this as an important moment where race and gun violence must be addressed.

“Our kids are dying. Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., all over,” says Shirley Washington of the District.

“I think a lot of folks need to think about their own racial prejudices,” says David Delewski of Baltimore.

“I think it’s an opportunity for a broader conversation,” says Leigh Crenshaw of Hyattsville.

Rev. Sharpton says Florida will be the focus in the fight over "stand your ground," but he also plans to challenge similar laws in 29 other states. His National Action Network says 100 cities will hold vigils Saturday, most of them at noon outside federal buildings or courthouses.

A vigil in the District is planned for Saturday outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse at 333 Constitution Avenue NW. It will be held at noon.

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