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Tampa joins Sharpton's effort with Saturday rally for Trayvon Martin

Published:   |   Updated: July 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

A rally, coinciding with Rev. Al Sharpton's National Day of Action in protest of the Trayvon Martin verdict, will be held in downtown Tampa on Saturday.

Several community activists and organizations will take part in the rally, which will be held at the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse, 801 N. Florida Ave., starting at noon.

The rally is part of Sharpton's Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action, which will take place in 100 cities nationwide.

The rallies will press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

Martin's mother and her son, Sybrina and Jahvaris Fulton, will join Sharpton outside New York Police Department headquarters on Saturday.

Martin's father, Tracy Martin, is set to be at a similar event at a federal courthouse in Miami.

The Justice Department is investigating whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights when he shot the 17-year-old during a confrontation last year in Sanford.

Zimmerman says he fired in self-defense. He was acquitted last Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.