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Supporters of Trayvon Martin plan rally in downtown Atlanta

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On Monday, more than 1,500 people took to the streets downtown in a rally for Trayvon Martin. On Monday, more than 1,500 people took to the streets downtown in a rally for Trayvon Martin.
ATLANTA -

Supporters of Trayvon Martin are planning for demonstrations at federal buildings around the country, including Atlanta, on Saturday.

On Friday, President Barack Obama, speaking unscripted and emotionally from the White House, acknowledged the Justice Department's probe into the killing of the 17-year-old unarmed Martin, but he also asked Americans to respect the decision of the jury.

The President also asked Americans to be mindful to not let demonstrations turn violent. He said violence dishonors the memory of Martin.

In Atlanta, thousands of people are expected to converge at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building for a rally and prayer vigil in support of Martin.

On Friday, that building was cleared out and hazmat crews were brought in after a white powdery substance was found.

The substance is being tested, but three people were taking to Grady Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure.

Organizers of Saturday's event met with Atlanta police, federal marshals and MARTA officials at Ebenezer Baptist Church to work out safety and traffic plans.

"People from every walk of life are welcome," said the Rev. Mark el Hut chins. "They are encouraged to participate. We are encouraging people to ride MARTA. There's going to be a crowd. Transportation and parking are going to be difficult."

On Monday, more than 1,500 people took to the streets downtown in a rally for Martin that was organized in a matter of hours.

This gathering on the courthouse steps is expected to be much bigger, bringing huge numbers of people downtown.

"We expect to bring the power of the people to bear on this conversation," said Dr. Raphael War nock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. "We will gather tomorrow as one of 100 cities focused on justice in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case."

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