Local

Peaceful Vigil for Trayvon Martin in Springfield

Trayvon Martin vigil in Springfield Photo: WHMP/Mary Serreze

Peaceful Vigil for Trayvon Martin in Springfield

Last night 200 people lit candles to honor slain black teenager Trayvon Martin as night fell on Court Square in Springfield. The event was sponsored by the Springfield NAACP and a coalition of community groups. State Reps Ben Swan and Cheryl Coakley-Rivera invoked the name of God and asked those gathered to draw upon their faith. But both said it’s essential for black people to organize and become politically active. Ida Flynn of the Springfield NAACP said she believes Trayvon Martin was murdered, but that the best tactic is to remain calm and peaceful. She encouraged people to go on line and sign the national NAACP petition calling on the Justice Department to file criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. 17-year-old Kahari Mickens read a poem in which he identified with Martin, who’s his own age. Organizers gave the mic to Shirley Amakel, an elderly woman who wanted to speak.  She said Martin was killed because he is black. The Reverend Al Sharpton has asked for a nationwide observance Saturday morning at ten am.  A second rally is planned in front of the Springfield federal building at that time.

 

Recent Headlines

in National

Making headlines this week

AP_568873619964

A look back at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

in National

How low will gas go?

19-overlay12

AAA predicts gas prices could drop below $2 a gallon by the end of the year.

in Local

Robbery Suspect of Deerfield Farm Stand Identified

police lights

An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect who possibly robbed the Kolakoski Farm Stand on Routes 5 and 10 Wednesday.

in Local

MGM Looking For Minority and Women Owned Casino Contractors

casino

Today, MGM officials will hold the second of a two-day open house at the company's State Street offices for prospective contractors. Union construction companies which are female or minority-owned are being encouraged to attend.

in Local

Holyoke State Representative Sponsors Bill To Ban Necrophilia

ma statehouse

Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega has filed a bill to outlaw the practice of necrophilia in the Bay State. There is currently no law banning sex with the dead.