Mary Ramos, of the League of United Latin American Citizens, and U.S. Rep. Al Green Photo: Bob Levey, For The Chronicle / HC

The TEXAS League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) also joined the official Justice for Trayvon Martin Movement on Sunday March 25th, the TEXAS LULAC Chief of Staff, Mary Ramos stood with US Congressman Al Green and US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson and spoke to the crowd,“We must all stick together! Race and clothing are not the issues at hand but JUSTICE is. Treyvon Martin could have been my son or grandson and to be shot in cold blood for wearing a hoodie and holding skittles is an act that we must not let go unpunished. Let us not stand down until their is JUSTICE for Trayvon; the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida is destroying the American judicial system and it must be changed now!”  -TEXAS LULAC Chief of Staff Mary Ramos 

The event was organized by the NAACP-Houston Branch, Rev. Reginald Lillie-President and Texas NAACP, Gary Bledsoe-President. Partnering organizations and officials include, area Churches, the Houston Urban League-Judson Robinson, Executive Director, LULAC-Mary Ramos, President, Local Unions, Greek fraternities and sororities, Congressional Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Green, and a host of other officials and groups.

Houstonians of diverse races and affiliations are passionate about expressing our outrage and righteous resolve to see that justice is done in this matter. We join the National Movement calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman and a thorough investigation of the Sanford Police Department.

To… ask questions please contact the NAACP Chairman of Religious Affairs, Bishop James Dixon at (713) 688-2900, extension 224 or by e-mail or Yolanda Smith at the Houston Branch at (713) 545-9696.

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Houstonians turned out in droves at two rallies for Trayvon Martin, Sunday. Many, despite the heat, wore hoodies just as Martin did when he was shot and killed.

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Elected officials as well as several hundred people came out to just in front of Houston’s city hall to protest the violence that claimed the Florida teen’s life.
“Somebody has said that wearing the hoodie was the reason the person was assaulted. And I’m here to tell you that wearing a hoodie does not make you a hood. Wearing a hoodie does not mean you’re not good. Wearing a hoodie means you’re doing something lawful in this country. And we’re going to protect everyone that wears a hoodie,” U.S. Representative Al Green, D-Houston said.
 Like other protesters, Houston-area Congressman Al Green wears a hooded sweatshirt as he speaks at the rally. (Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)
Elected officials urged no violence, as word circled a bounty has been placed on the alleged suspect, George Zimmerman.
“The alleged perpetrator can be arrested. No bounty is necessary. He can be arrested today as we speak in this place. No bounty can be necessary,” U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston said.
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, also spoke to the crowd by phone.
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“We really appreciate everything. We really appreciate the support and just to know that we are not alone in this fight,” Fulton added.
Music united one crowd earlier in the day and the love of music also united others at Emancipation Park.
Quanell X along with several popular Houston rappers took to the stage to stand up for Martin, including Bun B.
“I got a child. That could have been my child. I’m somebody’s child, that could have been me. And I would hope that somebody, anybody would get up and take a stand for it,” Bun B said.
Hoodies could be seen everywhere. People also carried bags of skittles, that was what authorities say Martin had in his hands the night he was killed.
People united all for one cause, to stop this kind of violence, even when it doesn’t happen in their own backyard.
“It’s just amazing to see what Houstonians can do when the time comes,” Gwendolyn Foley, a rally supporter said.

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