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Trayvon Martin rally held before community discussion of racial profiling

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PHOENIX -

Supporters of Trayvon Martin held a rally on Saturday to show their commitment to standing behind Sybrina Fulton in her efforts to overcome racial profiling.

Afterward, Trayvon's mother was present at a discussion addressing the impact of racial profiling on communities of color.

"At that time we had no idea what the verdict was going to be in the Zimmerman trial," said Charlene Tarver.

Tarver, a member of the United States Supreme Court and a local attorney, welcomed a group of guests to a special community conversation.

By her side was Fatimah Halim, president of Rites of Passage programs for youth, which aims to help teens.
    
"Arizona has a pretty bad reputation and we want to try to change that. We want to show that people here are not as bad as Arpaio, are not as bad as people think we are," said Hailm.

The talk aimed to uplift and educate Phoenix residents and concerned citizens who want to learn more about their rights in Arizona.

We're one of 21 other states that upholds similar laws to that of Florida's "stand your ground law."

"After the trial, my children, who happen to be definitely men, they were very uncomfortable. They were very surprised by what happened at the end of the trial and both of them, who are men, had a discomfort," said Sheila Abdur Rahman.

"I was very hurt by the verdict, very concerned about what it means. I have a 25-year-old son who is born in Arizona. I had to have a talk with them early on about racial profiling, how he should act if he's stopped. I'm concerned about my grandchildren," said Judy Register.

Several speakers took the stage with backgrounds in law, entertainment and the literary world with one purpose: to bring about change.

"We really need to pay more attention to what's going on around us so we can make sure that everyone is treated fairly," said Halim.

The event was invitation only, but the room was eventually opened up to those waiting outside.

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