Alabama civil rights rally http://apr.org en Hundreds Protest Zimmerman Acquittal In Birmingham http://apr.org/post/hundreds-protest-zimmerman-acquittal-birmingham <p>Hundreds of demonstrators are rallying at a park in downtown Birmingham to protest the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.</p><p>The 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted Saturday in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.</p><p>Marlon Wright was among the demonstrators who gathered at Kelly Ingram Park Monday and said he has to be wary around police as a young black man. He says he fears that Zimmerman's acquittal will only make matters worse.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:28:57 +0000 The Associated Press 34187 at http://apr.org Hundreds Protest Zimmerman Acquittal In Birmingham Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court http://apr.org/post/activists-planning-rally-us-supreme-court <p>Civil rights advocates plan to rally in Washington, D.C. while the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele says the group of about 150 will leave Washington D.C. Feb. 27 after a rally and press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Section 5 of the act bars states from altering voting qualifications and procedures without federal approval.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:39:01 +0000 The Associated Press 25441 at http://apr.org Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court