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City Commemorates Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Communities around the city are marking the second anniversary of the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin with several rallies, an art exhibit and a film.

Jamel Mins is an organizer with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and plans to attend protests in Harlem and Times Square Wednesday. "It's very important to stand up on days like today," he said. "We should really ask ourselves what it means if this day goes by without great resistance."

Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Mallis released a short film called "After Trayvon" online. The video features a candid discussion among young African American males about race, police and the justice system. It was shot in Fort Greene Park the day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.

"We were excited to be able to release something that gave them a platform on which to express themselves and at the same time breaks stereotypes," Mallis said.

The group Stop Mass Incarceration Now is holding rallies in Times Square and Union Square urging New Yorkers to "put on a Hoodie for Trayvon." The group is calling Wednesday "a day of outrage for Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis," another 17-year-old shot and killed in Florida two years ago.

 

After Trayvon from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.

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