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July 18th, 2013
07:23 PM ET

Will Trayvon Martin supporters keep up momentum?

While a verdict may have brought the George Zimmerman trial to an end, it also marked a new beginning for Trayvon Martin's family and their supporters, who believe justice has yet to be served.

Protesters will take to the streets this weekend in more than 100 cities, and dozens of states across the country.

Al Sharpton's National Action Network is hosting "Justice for Trayvon" vigils, in a push for the Justice Department to investigate possible civil rights violations in the case.

On CNN's "New Day" Thursday, an attorney for the Martin family also talked about the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Zimmerman.

"We'll sit back, we'll analyse George Zimmerman, and determine when, how we should do it, and then at the appropriate time, we'll engage," said Daryl Parks, the Martin's family attorney.

"The momentum has to go to organizing now, I know people want a court solution to this. I think it's much better to sort of take a card from what the tea party did. They turned the protests into organizing, and put political pressure on the powers that be to get [the] agenda changed," said CNN political analyst Cornell Belcher.

The protesters appear to be running off raw emotions for now, they may inevitably move on, but there may also be something more to the movement.

"It's more about how effective you can be," said co-founder of the NYC tea party and radio host David Webb. "This issue, however, I think fades. And the reason it fades over time is the high burden that's needed for a federal civil rights trial can't be met, or likely can't be met by this Department of Justice."

Check out Belcher and Webb's full analysis in the video above.

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