March For Trayvon Becomes March To Take A Stand
The day was overcast as if to punctuate the solemn reason for the gathering. Last Saturday a small group, determined not to let the weather get in their way, marched from Redfern Houses to Hammel Houses to demand justice for the victims of gun violence. In addition to marching for justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old allegedly killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, the “Roc” Your Hood March also remembered other shooting victims.
“I’m reminded of [15-year-old] Brendan Bethea, Stack Bundles and a whole lot of people who have been killed in this very development [Redfern Houses],” said Donovan Richards, the chief of staff for Councilman James Sanders Jr. Richards said it was time to take a stand against those who are “killing our community.”
Dee of the Rockaway Youth Task Force said, “We’re marching for those who can’t march … for those who are no longer here.”
At the Beach 41st Street Houses, Richards, via bull horn, implored residents to “wake up … stop letting these people [using guns and selling drugs] run your community.”
Among those who sponsored the march were the tenant associations of the area’s five housing developments, Sanders’ office, the Rockaway Youth Task Force, Make My Mother Proud, and the Far Rockaway NAACP.