Students Stage Rally, Debate on Trayvon Martin Case on West Campus

The debate about the Trayvon Martin shooting has stirred up debate on college campuses around the country — and Valencia is no exception.

On Monday, April 9, members of Valencia College’s African-American Cultural Society were joined by more than 100 students and members of the community as they marched across Valencia’s West Campus, calling on other Valencia students and members of the community to join them. More than 150 people joined the march. The student organizers said they hoped the “Justice for Trayvon Martin march” would inspire Valencia students to make their voices heard, by registering to vote, signing petitions, and by contacting their state legislators and voice their opinions on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

During a rally following the march, Rep. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) told the crowd that her top priority during the upcoming year will be to repeal or amend Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law.”

“George Zimmerman may have gotten a bloody nose, but the state of Florida got a black eye,” Thompson told the crowd. “The only remedy the state of Florida has is to amend or repeal this bad law.”

On Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.,  students and members of the public are invited to Valencia’s West Campus to hear a debate on the state’s  “Stand Your Ground Law.”  Rollins College’s debate team, which is ranked nationally, will take on the renowned Cambridge Union Debating Society to discuss the law.  There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions or make statements.

The debate will be held in Building 4, Room 120. Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811.

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