Unless you live under a rock,you have heard about the tragedy in the past few months where a Florida neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on his way back home. This tragedy has broken the nation almost significantly as the lack of bipartisanship in this country. My main objective in writing this post is to shed light on the reactions that are leading to events in my community.
- On March 21, 2012 a “Million Hoodies” March was held in Union Square, NYC. Both Trayvon’s parents were in attendance and shared how heartfelt they were with the crowd. Over a million people have petitioned for the arrest of Zimmerman. Hundreds up to thousands of outraged citizens came out to protest on the streets of New York.
- There will be an 1,000 Hoodie March in Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 31st. The event is sponsored by the Springfield Youth Network and the Alliance for Black Professionals. Protestors will gather at 10 AM in front of Springfield’s City Hall. Two buses will be leaving that morning from Westfield State University, so that Owl students can readily attend.
- One of Westfield State’s newest club/organizations, the Hip Hop Congress, is inviting everyone to its first ever discussion panel in the Campus Center starting at 7:30pm. At 8:00 there will be a moment of silence for Trayvon and they are asking you to bring your hoodies. If you support the case for Trayvon or Hip Hop in general I urge you to come out to this event. It will not be a waste of time!!!