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Fighting for change after Trayvon Martin

The past week has shown us the great injustice that still exists in our country but it has also shown the power of people, especially young people, to organize and mobilize for change.

On July 13, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. The controversial acquittal set off a surge of protests and anger all over country, which have sparked a national debate on race and become a rallying cry in calling for racial justice. In particular, young people of color have been deeply shaken, but they are responding not by rioting, as some predicted, but with well thought out demands to address the structural inequalities in their communities.

Youth have used social media to build support and an emerging movement, centered on Trayvon but calling for broader change. Supporters have turned the

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