'Justice for Trayvon' rallies draw Arizona crowds

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The push for civil rights charges against former neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman has drawn hundreds of people to rallies in Tucson and Phoenix.

There were chants of "Tucson, we won't forget" by civil rights activists, religious leaders and college students who gathered early Saturday at El Presidio Park.

In Phoenix, some carried signs that read "Our lives matter," and "No justice, no peace."

Rallies were taking place in more than 100 cities around the country to demand a federal case. Zimmerman was acquitted last week in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

In Tucson, the names of victims of violence and injustice were read aloud.

One of the organizers, Shannon Franklin, said people need to be willing to speak up against injustices and laws that precipitate injustice.