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Trayvon Martin Rallies Continue in Atlanta

7/18/2013, 1:03 p.m.

Local organizers expect thousands of Atlantans of all races to gather at noon Saturday for a prayer vigil and rally to protest the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is organizing rallies in 100 U.S. cities Saturday to call attention to laws like the one in Florida that resulted in the acquittal of Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year claiming self defense.

Georgia, along with Florida, and other states has Stand Your Ground laws, which allow people to claim self defense in a number of scenarios.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will have a youth forum on the issues presented in the Martin case. The event will be held at SCLC headquarters on Auburn Avenue.