A weekend of rallies for Trayvon Martin kicked off today with about a thousand marchers at a busy intersection in Tampa, Florida, and hundreds more in Columbia, SC, MSNBC reports. Many in Tampa carried Skittles and wore hoodies, as Martin did on the day he was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida. Rallies are also planned today in Chicago, Washington, Dallas, Baltimore, and other cities, after Al Sharpton led a rally in Sanford and New York hosted a "million hoodie" march this week.
"Trayvon is the Emmitt Till of our generation," said the co-chair of the Columbia rally, referring to the 14-year-old Mississippi boy murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman. "'A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,' those are the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King and that's why we're here today." Rhetoric was stronger in Sanford, where New Black Panther Party members offered $10,000 for George Zimmerman's "capture." For more on Zimmerman, see why Slate says he hasn't been arrested yet.