Local

Trayvon Martin vigil draws large community crowd

More than 100 people participated in a vigil for Trayvon Martin outside the Tompkins County Courthouse Wednesday 7/17/13/Pete Blanchard

Trayvon Martin vigil draws large community crowd

More than 150 people turned out for a vigil for Trayvon Martin held outside the Tompkins County Courthouse Wednesday night.

There were a variety of speakers—some public figures, some ordinary members of the community—but all spoke with passion and anger that George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder case.

Executive Director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center Marcia Fort said she was angered and despaired by the verdict, but said she decided to turn that anger into action.

“It was not a jury of Trayvon’s peers. It was a jury of George Zimmerman’s peers,” Fort said. “I don’t respect the verdict. We should be angry about what happened, and turn that anger into action.”

Ithaca resident Phoebe Brown took the opportunity to rally her fellow Ithacans to take action.

“I thank Trayvon Martin for giving us an avenue to come together, but we don’t have to wait for something tragic for us to come together,” Brown said. “We need to do it every day all day.”

The not guilty verdict in the murder case has spurred similar demonstrations across the country, mobilizing people to protest for social and racial justice.

In Tallahassee, Florida, sit-in protests against the George Zimmerman trial verdict are continuing at the state governor’s office.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Several injured, one child dead following Cortland County accident

crime2

Sheriff's deputies say the crash on West State Road Friday night was likely caused by drunk driving.

in Local

Police: No charges for parents of 7-year-old who brought loaded gun into South Seneca Elementary School

school3

The child has been suspended indefinitely by the South Seneca School District.

in Local

Ithaca Assemblywoman supports union push at local college

State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton [D-Ithaca] speaking at a Cortlandville Town Hall in 2013.

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton said she'll stand with part-time faculty at IC as they attempt to form a union.

in Local

FEMA grant gives needed upgrade to IFD equipment

firetruck

The grant will replace air packs for firefighters, which the IFD says are out of date and below industry standards.

in Local

Buffalo escape upstate New York farm, swim across Hudson River

109288291

15 buffalo escaped from farm on east side of Hudson River near Albany