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Jesse Jackson Attends Stand Your Ground Rally

A photo of Jesse Jackson
A photo of Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson came to Jacksonville on Wednesday, July 17th to protest against the Stand Your Ground Laws. The rally was held at Mt. Olive Church at 6 p.m. and there was standing room only at the event. The issues that was discussed during the rally was the criminal justice system and the Marissa Alexander case.

Jackson went to visit Alexander at the jailhouse. Alexander is an African American woman that was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot into the wall at her home in 2010 to end an violent argument with her abusive husband.

"In one case Mr. Zimmerman kills a young man and walks away, free to kill again," Jackson said. "And Marissa shot no one, hurt no one, and she's in jail for 20 years."

Jackson said the contrast in the Zimmerman and Alexander cases exposed injustices in the justice system. Alexander's case received little attention when she was convicted but that changed after the Trayvon Martin killing cast a new spotlight on Florida's self defense laws.