By: Bailey Myers
March 9th, 2014
Tallahassee FL- Once again thousands of people are expected to march to the Florida Capitol Monday in hopes of encouraging changes to the "Stand Your Ground" Law.
Moments after George Zimmerman was found Not Guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter hundreds of people from throughout the Big Bend gathered at the Capital and marched.
It was the first time anyone saw those people sworn to change Stand Your Ground Law in Florida, the "Dream Defenders".
Now about seven months after their first march, those against Stand Your Ground are meeting again.
This time around the families of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are expected march.
As local Florida Representative Alan Williams explained,
"Hopefully the speaker and the senate president will hear not only the cries of the parents but also individuals from around the country who say 'change this law'."
The rally itself is going to start at the Civic Center in downtown Tallahassee. Everyone is then going to march down West Madion Street to Duval Street. It ends at Waller Park in front of the capitol building. here at the capitol.
The Tallahassee Police department is diverting traffic from those roadways from 9:30 am until the rally is over.
"We can hopefully provide comfort and solace to these families but also find changes to the law we believe is not fairly adequate for the state of Florida," Rep. Williams told us.
The Stand Your Ground Rally is expected to start at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning and is expected to end in Waller Park in front of the capitol at 1:00p.m.
News Release: TPD
Updated: March 7, 2014, 4pm
In anticipation of the Stand Your Ground Rally scheduled for Monday, the Tallahassee Police Department is planning to make the route as safe and efficient as possible for all involved. The march will begin at The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at 9:30am. The march will proceed east on West Madison Street to Duval Street and finish at Waller Park, located on west side of the Capitol Building.
TPD officers will be on hand to assist both pedestrians and vehicle traffic before the march and will close the following roads once the march commences:
- West Madison Street from the Civic Center (Macomb Street) to Adams Street during the march.
- South Duval Street will be closed at beginning of the march and remain closed between Madison Street and West College Avenue during the event at Waller Park.
- Media satellite trucks should plan to arrive no later than 8am. They will be allowed to park on Duval, between West Pensacola Street and College, in the outside lane (adjacent to Kleman Plaza). Overflow and other media parking will be in the City parking lot located at the southeast corner of South Bronough and West Madison Streets. This lot is accessible from South Bronough Street.
The rally in Waller Park is scheduled to conclude at approximately 1:00pm. If you must travel in the area, please make adjustments to your schedule and allow yourself a little extra time.
News Release: National Action Network
Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
Attorneys Benjamin Crump & Daryl Parks, Parks & Crump Attorneys at Law
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Parents of Trayvon Martin
Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, Parents of Jordan Davis
The family of Emmett Till
Tom Joyner, Host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show
Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network will lead a march from the Tallahassee Leon Country Civic Center to the State Capitol to address ‘stand your ground’ laws. The parent’s of Trayvon Martin, and their Attorney’s Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks, and the parent’s of Jordan Davis, as well as the family of Emmett Till will join. The march will end with a rally at the Florida State Capitol building where Rev. Sharpton will be the keynote speaker.
Monday March 10 2014
March begins at 9:30AM
March begins at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.
The march ends and rally begins outside of the Florida State Capitol building 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301.