Residents from across Long Island joined hands in prayer and called for repeal of the “Florida Stand Your Ground Law” that makes it easier and legal to kill rather than diffuse ordinary confrontations.
In addition, many believe the Zimmerman verdict goes further, "... it makes it legal for grown man to provoke an incident with a child then kill them and claim self defense".
“The real danger is that Lady Justice is blind to the truth” said Travis Nelson as he reached back for context to Emmett Till “I could be Trayvon, do I scare you?”
Andrea Robinson of Freeport said, “I am here to lend support to the parent of Trayvon and register my disapproval of the verdict”.
Liona Cittadino and her daughter Felicia braved the heat to support the community. “No matter what the race, justice must be served equally.”
“He went form neighborhood watch to vigilante” said Judy Beck. “This is not the kind of justice we should expect in this county.” Standing with Judy was her long time friend Judi Gardner who nodded in approval of her remarks.
“When I was 14” said Judy, I saw “A Raisin In The Sun” and cried because I did not know how bad thing were then.” Seems a shame we continue to confront the issues.
The day was not just about the vigil however, it was a day of action. Organizations like Make the Road New York did a vigorous voter registration drive and The Hempstead Branch of the NAACP distributed literature and encouraged membership. Many parent of Black boys shared thoughts on keeping them safe especially as they prepare to leave home for colleges and universities across the county.