"No justice, no peace" were the words cried out through the streets of Chambers County Sunday evening as over a hundred people took part in a 2-mile march to raise concern about their youth and the judicial process in their community.
Even with the rain, they marched on. Led by a police escort, some people walked and others followed in their cars. A handful of onlookers revved their motorcycles trying to drown them out, but their message was still clear.
"There's a racial relation problem that we have here in Chambers County and all too often our brothers and our sisters are being killed and cases are never solved," says Faheem Shabazz, one of the march's organizers. "So we've decided we're going to come together to do what we need to do that's in our best interest."
There are several contributing factors to why they held the peace march. Shabazz says they want to see the Valley Police Department and Chambers County Sheriff's Department employ more black people. They also want to see the city of Valley and the District Attorney's Office reopen the murder case of Yorkbricus Monte "Bubba" Taylor Sr., who was killed April 28, 2008. The most recent and the tipping point is the Trayvon Martin verdict.
"Unfortunately the tragedy with Trayvon Martin just only helped to facilitate what we've been needing to do in our community for quite some time," says Shabazz.
Christie Dunlap marched for Trayvon Martin with a bag of skittles and an iced tea. She says what happened to Trayvon was an injustice and she marched for the betterment of her children's future.
"I hope in the future if something like what happened Trayvon happens again, maybe this time justice will be served for them," says Dunlap.
The march was sponsored by the organization, "Unity in the Community to Save our Youth." The march began on Highway 29 and 35th Street in Valley and ended at the Chambers County Courthouse Annex on Gilmer Avenue.
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