LANCASTER – Protests, marches, and vigils were held across the country Saturday (July 20) as part of a nationwide effort to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Locally, a diverse crowd of about 100 area residents gathered in front of Antelope Valley Courthouse for a Community Prayer and Call to Action. The hour-long event featured nearly a dozen speakers from all walks of life with similar messages of peace, understanding, unity and justice for all.
Organizers also encouraged youngsters to get involved in the newly established Antelope Valley Youth Ambassador Program, a grassroots initiative created to channel youth energy towards a constructive agenda that includes efforts to lower crime, improve education, increase volunteerism and help senior citizens.
“If anyone fails to realize why I’ve organized this event, I will leave you with this quote, ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world,’” said organizer Veronica Fields.
Highlights from the event
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