When: July 18th, 2013 at 6:30
Where: Old Court House in Downtown Napa off 3rd street
What: Somos Trayvon Martin
Press contact: Haley Rekdahl 707 266 8664
light of recent protests, several Napa residents have decided to
organize a “Somos Trayvon Martin” rally in Napa to demand justice for
Organizers believe what happened to Trayvon could
have happened to almost any person of color. In Napa, Over 30% the
population is Latino.
“Somos Trayvon Martin is meant as an
expression of black and brown unity,” organizer Rhina Noemi Henriquez
explained. “We want to bring awareness to this issue to show we are all
in this together.”
Trayvon Martin was 17 years old. He was a
black youth and a junior in high school. On February 26th, 2012 he was
racially profiled and shot by George Zimmerman during an altercation.
On July 13th, Zimmerman was found not guilty. This has sparked national protests and acts of civil disobedience.
For some protesters, Somos Trayvon Martin is about changing the social narrative.
narratives imposed on communities of color tend to criminalize and
place people like Trayvon in situations where they have to defend their
existence,” explained Edgar-Arturo Camacho-González. “I am not Trayvon
Martin, but as a Queer Person of Color I understand all struggles are
common struggles and that it could have been me wearing a hoodie and
profiled that night.”
Others feel that no one is truly free while
others are oppressed. Many white Americans have been standing up in
solidarity with Trayvon Martin.
“I believe this should be a wake
up call to every color including whites - that racism and sterotyping
still exist,” said Tayler Tildsley. “It is important for all of us to
work together in order to change the path of thinking in order for all
of us to live with justice that we all deserve.”
The rally will take place Thursday, July 18th, at 6:30 at the old court house in Downtown Napa.
Ceremonial dance will be performed by Danza Mexica Nanahuatzin.
Speakers will include Napa Valley College Professor of Humanities and
Africana Studies Janet Stickmon, Napa Valley College Instructor of
Chicano Studies and Napa Valley Unified School Board Member Carlos
Hagendorn, representatives from the Napa Valley Dream Team, and from the
Napa Valley Ethnic Studies Advocates.