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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - More than 300 people attended the "Justice for Trayvon" rally outside the Mahoning County courthouse on Saturday

After starting the rally with a prayer, those gathered spoke out against the verdict handed down by a jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Youngstown resident Kofee Lilly brought her daughter Brooklyn Woods.  "I came out here today for her future to let America know this will not be tolerated." said, Lilly.

Tracey Adams and friend Eric Shields spread the word about the rally through Facebook, They passed out Skittles and sweet tea. "Skittles is symbolic. This is what he bought the last time he was at the store. Sweet tea and Skittles were the only thing he possessed when they found him." said Adams.

Community and civil rights leaders with the NAACP, National Urban League, and other organizations spoke about making changes from the inside, and injustice.

Reverend Kenneth Simon of Youngstown spoke at the rally. "We are here because were not going to stand for it anymore. We're here to let our voices be heard. Justice for Treyvon." said Reverend Simon.

Youngstown activist Jalada Aslam called on supporters to fight from the inside by voting for change. "Get mad at yourselves. We're allowing them to be elected. We need to get rid of them and vote them out, so we don't have to deal with these types of problems." said Aslam.

The NAACP gathered signatures, asking the Justice Department to look at Florida's stand your ground law which allows individuals to use reasonable force to defend themselves without a requirement to retreat.

The law was one aspect of George Zimmerman's defense in the Trayvon Martin trial.

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