2012-04-27 / Top Stories

March For Trayvon Becomes March To Take A Stand

By Miriam Rosenberg


Relatives of rapper Stack Bundles, who was fatally shot in the lobby of Redfern Houses in 2007, joined the anti-violence protest. Relatives of rapper Stack Bundles, who was fatally shot in the lobby of Redfern Houses in 2007, joined the anti-violence protest. 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.”


Residents of Beach 41st Street Houses peer out their windows. Residents of Beach 41st Street Houses peer out their windows. “Anytime you stand up for yourself it is a good day,” said Sanders at the April 21 march. “Anytime you allow yourself to be kicked, it is a bad day.”

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.



Marchers took part in a prayer before disbanding at Hammels. Marchers took part in a prayer before disbanding at Hammels.

Outside Ocean Bay Houses a marcher said, “As parents we must teach and educate [our children …. [We must] teach them to do what is right.” Outside Ocean Bay Houses a marcher said, “As parents we must teach and educate [our children …. [We must] teach them to do what is right.”

The “Roc” Your Hood March leaves Redfern Houses. Drivers honked horns and residents shouted encouragement to the marchers as they walked to Hammels. The “Roc” Your Hood March leaves Redfern Houses. Drivers honked horns and residents shouted encouragement to the marchers as they walked to Hammels.

Members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force were among those leading the way from Redfern Houses to Hammel Houses. Members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force were among those leading the way from Redfern Houses to Hammel Houses.

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