Hundreds of Houstonians join 100 cities in protest for Trayvon Martin

Hundreds gather on steps of Houston City Hall for peaceful protest

By Gianna Caserta - Reporter

HOUSTON - Hundreds of Houstonians came out Saturday to join 100 cities in peaceful protest for Trayvon Martin.

In response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network organized a national day of peaceful protest.

"Our justice system, it has failed us," said Carlos Mason. "There is no way he should have not been found guilty of manslaughter."

As part of the 100-city event, hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday morning on the steps of Houston City Hall.

"We have to keep speaking positive and putting issues like this in the media, to recognize that it is still happening," said Ishmal Blackwell. "We cannot allow unjustified deaths to happen and not speak out on it."

Protestors held signs and chanted along with pastors, civic leaders and elected officials all in the name.

But towards the back of the crowd, a small group of men disagreed with what was being said, calling the protestors racist.

"The Bible does not promote or teach racism," said Bill Hamilton.

"God made one race: The human race," said one protester.

"You don't know anything about the government. You don't know anything about being a Christian," said another protester.

Although the steps of city hall were full of different opinions, everyone kept the promise of a peaceful protest.

Another protest will be held Sunday. A march will start at River Oaks Shopping Center and end at Gray Street.

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