Oakland youth took leadership of the event, spotlighting the effects of the shooting and verdict. They took turns to speak movingly of their reactions to hearing of the death of Martin.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed an anti-woman bill on abortion that the state House had passed into law, which restricts how abortions can be carried out.
"If anything good is to come, this is the time to build a movement," said national NAACP spokesman Eric Wingerter this weekend as his organization gathered for its national convention.
The community gathered to celebrate Juneteenth and to honor more than a dozen people from the neighborhood whose everyday activities make all the difference.
This week, immigration reform advocates face some of their biggest hurdles ever.
Mayor Bloomberg tried to defend his position supporting the NYPD's massive stop-and-frisk program directed against minority youth.
"The sky didn't fall when I won my legal status during the last immigration reform of 1986 and the sky will not fall when we pass this immigration reform."