NEWARK - There were new developments today in the case that sparked demonstrations and prayer services all over the country, including many in Newark.
A prosecutor announced today that the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen, has been charged with second-degree murder. Within weeks of Martin's killing, protests had reached the Garden State. From middle school campuses, to Sunday church services, people huddled in hoodies and, in their unity, demanded a second look at the circumstances behind the teen's death.
An online petition calling for charges to be filed against Zimmerman is now at 2.25 million signatures, a million of those coming in the last three weeks.
Community activist Victor Monterrosa believes the charges are the direct result of social media. People can find a cause they believe in, and organize better than ever before.
"Whether it's Occupy Wall Street, or people in their neighborhoods, the economic situation has gotten to everybody and we're seeing a lot of social injustice that needs to be taken care of," he says.