PORTLAND – Protesters continue to rally in memory of Trayvon Martin in 100 cities across the country, including in Portland.
A week after the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla, thousands expressed their views and called on the justice department to reconsider the case.
In Lownsdale Square in Southwest Portland, several hundred people showed up for a rally. Many held signs and pictures of Martin as the crowd yelled for justice.
Saturday’s rally started at 2 p.m. and one-by-one marchers shared frustrations on a megaphone before taking to the streets for a short march.
Reverend Roy Tate with Christ Memorial Community Church said the rally means a lot to people to be able to get their message out.
“The message needs to be heard. It needs to be heard loud and clear. How many more Trayvon Martin's have to die before we realize we've got problems in this world?” Tate said. “Hopefully today, all over the country, the message will be received and everybody will understand what's going on."
Saturday’s rally downtown was almost doubled the number of people at a rally last Sunday in North Portland one-day after the Zimmerman verdict came in.
KGW reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.