On March 30th, the Lufkin YCL participated in a march to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. There were many people there making their voices heard. The YCL members who participated are myself Bryce Mitchell, Dylan Roark, William Bryson, Nathan Duguay, and Stormy Mitchell. Everywhere you looked you saw sweatshirts and t-shirts stating “I am Trayvon Martin.” We marched from the Lufkin civic center to Jones park, approximately 1.5-2 miles. Once we arrived at the park we heard speeches and prayers from multiple speakers including the mayor of Lufkin, Jack Gordon Jr. After the march many groups, including the Lufkin YCL, handed out fliers and talked to people who had participated in the march.
On February 26 ,2012 Trayvon Martin was shot. In the weeks that followed there was much controversy about the events that led to his shooting. The left said he was shot because he was black and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The right said he had attacked George Zimmerman, the man who shot him. No matter what side you’re on, one thing remained true: seventeen year old Trayvon Martin is dead and the man who shot him, until recently, remained uncharged.
Across the U.S. many people spoke out on this issue on both sides.
On April 11 Zimmerman was charged with murder in the second degree. Thanks to pressure by people all over this country by groups putting pressure on the state of Florida and Sanford police with demonstrations and marches just like this one. The case of Trayvon Martin, although tragic, has served to show that it’s still possible to challenge racism and injustice in the system through peaceful protest.
-- Bryce Mitchell, Young Communist League Lufkin, TX