June 20, 2018
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‘Justice for Trayvon’ event draws 30 people

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine’s “Justice for Trayvon” rally drew 30 people on Friday, according to Ilze Petersons, the justice center’s program coordinator.

Several members of the Greater Bangor NAACP were in attendance at the rally, which took place at Peirce Park, near the Bangor Public Library, Petersons said in an email to the Bangor Daily News.

The rally supported justice for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., in March.

Petersons said people spoke about the need to oppose racism, violence and fear, and the speakers included Bob Talbot from the Greater Bangor NAACP.

Many of the supporters also wore hooded sweatshirts. Martin was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was killed.

Another man with a guitar came to the rally and sang “Imagine” holding Skittles candy, which were donated by a local merchant. Martin had Skittles, a bottle of iced tea and a cellphone when he was killed, Petersons said in the email.

She said the group also sang “We Shall Overcome.”

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