June 22, 2018
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Bangor Peace and Justice Center to hold rally for Trayvon Martin

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine will hold a public rally Friday to support justice for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., last month.

“We’re inviting people to come bring signs, or just stand for justice,” said Ilze Petersons, the Peace and Justice Center’s program coordinator. “If they can wear hooded sweatshirts to show their solidarity, that would be great.”

The rally, which is scheduled for noon Friday at Peirce Park near the Bangor Public Library, was inspired by the University of Maine’s Black Student Union rally on campus Monday.

“One of the things said at that rally was an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Petersons said. “I think many of us have had [the shooting] on our minds and felt the need to speak out, so once we saw the rally, it inspired us.

“It’s important to call for an investigation and an end to profiling that leads people to make assumptions about others based on their race,” she added.

There will be no keynote speaker at the rally, but attendees can take turns addressing the gathering.

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