JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A march through downtown is planned for Friday afternoon to draw attention to what is called the "New Jim Crow Movement."
On the steps of the Duval County Courthouse, organizers and a dozen supporters gathered to explain what the movement wants to accomplish in making changes in they see as social injustices.
"New York, Chicago and California are 20 years ahead of us when it comes to justice," said Aleta Alston-Toure, who is the local movement coordinator.
She says Jacksonville is getting attention with high-profile cases such as the one involving 12 year-old Cristian Fernandez, who has been charged with murder, and Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for aggravated assault for an action she called self-defense.
The movement plans to get involved in what it calls Cop Watch, monitoring how often young black males are stopped by officers for just walking the streets.
Another goal is to draw attention to the high numbers of people behind bars when there are alternatives that would be less costly such as community service and digital monitoring.
On Friday, the march is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at Hemming Plaza and end several hours later at Metro Park near EverBank Field with a program.
First Coast News