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Posted: Saturday, 20 July 2013 1:16PM

Rally for Trayvon Martin in downtown New Orleans

The New Orleans NAACP, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, other regional organizations and clergy took part in a 'Justice for Trayvon' rally on the steps of the U.S. District Court in downtown New Orleans Saturday.

Danatus King, President of the New Orleans Branch of the NAACP, says the vigil had a twofold purpose.

"One, to make sure that we let President Obama and U.S. Attorney Eric Holder know that the public demands a full, complete, and open investigation into the murder of Trayvon Martin...to make sure that the voice of the people is heard."

"The second purpose," said King, "is to organize and mobilize the community of New Orleans to address the ills that are here in the city of New Orleans."

King said he was confident that the demonstration would have a positive effect.

"The response to the vigil, and to the call to action, nationally, has been tremendous," said King. "The NAACP, within 24 hours of putting the petition on-line...there were so many responses, so many hits, that it crashed the NAACP's website. So, it's resonating across the country. It's not going to have an impact, it's having an impact."

Urban League President, and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, led the crowd in a chant for justice and called on Florida to repeal its 'stand your ground' law, calling it a 'shoot to kill' law.

Similar rallies were held in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and cities across the country.

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the 'Justice for Trayvon' 100 City Vigil, to press for civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

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