March for Trayvon Martin in San Francisco


[Audio: English; Captions: English (incomplete); Transcript: below]

For a roundup of current articles on this case from the Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/trayvon-martin

Props to Peter Menchini for making the video clip and kindly supplying me with a transcript:

Marchers:
No justice, no peace!

Woman with megaphone:
I’m Dionne Smith, coming from Stockton, California. My son named James Rivera was murdered by Stockton police — two Stockton police — and the Sheriffs. They shot at my son 48 times.

Marchers:
Protect and serve, that’s a lie! They don’t care when black kids die!
Protect and serve, that’s a lie! They don’t care when black kids die!

Dionne Smith:
My son was 16. It was the day before his 17th birthday. And I take this personal… about this young man being murdered… (Woman off screen: Take your time.) in Florida. I know how that mother feels — to know that she’ll never, ever see her son graduate from school. (Off screen: Take your time, baby.) He’ll never see his brother and sister or his mother. I’m seeking justice for my son. (Woman off screen: That’s right.)

Marchers:
We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace!
We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace!
We don’t get no justice —

Donne Smith:
I had been to the lawyer’s office last week, and what the DA was asking my lawyer [for] was that they need my birth certificate. I’m like, “What?! My birth certificate? You murdered my son.” And so I just want you all to just pray with us and keep looking on Facebook, ’cause we’re having the next protest in Stockton on April 10th if you all can come out and support us. It’s going to be at the City Hall and the Stockton Court House asking for justice. My husband has a few words to say, please. (Woman off screen: Bless you, honey.)

Marchers:
Justice — for Trayvon Martin!
Justice — for Trayvon Martin!
Justice — for Trayvon Martin!
Justice — for Trayvon Martin!
Justice —

Man with megaphone:
He said that black people in the rural south lived under a death sentence — A death sentence that might be carried out, or it might not be carried out, but it hung over your head nonetheless. And black mothers had to teach their children not to be too surly, not to be too creative, not to have too much energy or rambunctiousness — all the qualities that all youth have, right? Mothers — you know, we hear people in the projects today — mothers in the projects, that say they’re fearful of their kids, their young, male kids growing up to be too large. What happens — because they’re fearful of what might happen to a large, black male in America in 2012! What kind of system is this? A system badly in need of revolution.

Dionne Smith’s husband on megaphone:
I guess as everybody can see, it’s another tragedy happening.

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