FORT PIERCE, Fla. - With a hooded teddy bear, and a hat covered with skittles, Linda Norman wheels into position in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Fort Pierce on Saturday. When Norman arrives, there are only a handful of people here.
As time passes, the crowd swells.
"We want to send a message to the justice system and there's no other place besides the federal courthouse, said Lashonda Jordan.
This was one of 100 rallies planned Saturday around the country by the National Action Network under a "Justice For Trayvon" umbrella.
"We respect what the jurors have said but more importantly at this point, it's now to change laws and legislation," said the Reverend William Richardson of Grace Baptist Church in Port St. Lucie.
The Zimmerman trial brought new attention to Florida's controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law. Thirty states have some version of the law which allows the use of lethal force if an individual feels their life is in danger.
Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said he will hold hearings this fall on the law, which President Obama even touched on during his public comments on the case Friday.
Many in the crowd today said it was important not just for them to be here, but for their children and grandchildren to attend so they have a better understanding of what's going on in society.
"It's terrible.. walking home and get shot. It's terrible," said Laconia Boatwright, who has a 6 year-old grandson.
There was a strong police presence, and the crowd was peaceful. The only problem said many in attendance, is the 'Stand Your Ground' law.
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