SoCal Trayvon Protests Planned for This Weekend


International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) are planning protests in Southern California to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and Zimmerman’s acquittal. Organizers claim that the demonstrations will be peaceful, unlike the chaotic events that took place in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Victorville earlier this week.

NAN has named Saturday “Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action,” and is planning protests in Los Angeles, Riverside, Anaheim, San Bernardino and Palmdale. Occupy Oakland has taken a cue from Sharpton and is also planning protests under the same banner in the San Francisco Bay Area. NAN is attempting to pressure the Justice Department to bring federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

International ANSWER, which emerged as a protest arm of the Workers World Party in the initial stages of the Iraq War, is planning a demonstration at Anaheim City Hall on Sunday. ANSWER was also behind a march on July 16 from Los Angeles City Hall to the LAPD’s headquarters downtown. Mike Prysner, a member of ANSWER in Los Angeles, said that ANSWER’s protest will not turn violent because “we’re a very experienced militant – but disciplined – organization,” and that earlier demonstrations that turned violent “have been grass-roots efforts by people who have never protested before.”

Update: A march is underway in downtown Los Angeles. The Associated Press reports a sign reading “This is Amerikkka: From Dred Scott to Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, black people have no rights that white people are bound to respect.” Police are on hand, but so far no trouble has been reported.

In related news, Mullahs in Iran have joined Al Sharpton and International ANSWER in demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi has been quoted saying,
The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once again clearly demonstrated the unwritten, but systematic racial discrimination against racial, religious, and ethnic minorities in the US society[.]
Update 2: A whopping 32 people showed up at a march in San Bernardino. Eleven protestors were arrested in San Bernardino on Thursday night for charges including vandalism and assault on a police officer.
Update 3: An estimated 100 people showed up at a march in Riverside. No word yet on Palmdale.