Justice or Just us? Nationwide rallies for Trayvon Martin

Herb Boyd | 7/29/2013, 11:01 a.m. | Updated on 7/29/2013, 11:01 a.m.
Beyonce and Sean "Jay-Z" Carter, Sabrina Fulton and the Rev. Al Sharpton Rachel Noedlinger

It was a trying experience for her, she added, and “we were shocked and disappointed” by the verdict. “But we have to roll up our sleeves and continue to fight.”

“Last Saturday we cried,” Sharpton shouted to the crowd at the Plaza, “but this Saturday, we march.”

It wasn’t exactly a march, but folks knew what he was talking about and their mere presence was enough to indicate the growing disgust the nation is feeling about a verdict that “killed Trayvon again,” as one sign declared.

On Facebook, activist attorney Joan Gibbs stated, “In response and due to the 'Stand Your Ground' law on the books in Florida, along with the great Stevie Wonder, the following acts have canceled [all] of their up-and-coming concert dates in and around Florida indefinitely! Or until the law in Florida is abolished.”

Reportedly, the list includes Jay Z, Wale, Kanye West, Usher, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Mary Mary, Maze/Frankie Beverly, Patti Labelle, the Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake and Madonna.

Gibbs’ Facebook statement continued, “Now, if you add all those ticket sales up, you are talking billions! I want to thank these artists ... we all should!”

Timberlake canceled his Miami tour and said, “I refuse to entertain a state whose government allows people to shoot and kill unarmed teenagers!"

“I have never been a ‘fan’ of Florida because of its notorious history of racism, and reactionary stances on other issues of importance to me. I have only been there twice—the first time on the way to Brazil, the second time on the way to Cuba,” said Gibbs. “So I won't be buying oranges or orange [juice] from there. I think we should also be boycotting the Koch brothers' businesses.”