Peace rallies held on the peninsula in response to Michael Brown shooting

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Hundreds of miles from Ferguson, folks on the Peninsula held two very different rallies with the same message.

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“Right now we are just walking for peace,” said one woman.

They are calling to end violence, not just in Missouri, but also throughout the country.

“What happened in Ferguson is not an isolated incident, but it has brought us to the forefront of what can go on in urban communities around the nation,” added Ira McMillan-El.

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“We are the difference,” said Kayla Hicks with Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws. “We are the change. It has to come from us. It is important that we take responsibilities for our community as well.”

The emotion could be felt at Greater Emmanuel Temple in Hampton. Community and church leaders asked for change.

Brown is the reason why people in Newport News marched up Jefferson Avenue chanting.

“For one I don’t think he should have been gunned down like that,” added one marcher. “I think that there could have been a better way to handle it.”

“Everybody has the right in the United States to express their opinions in a peaceful gathering,” said McMillan-El.

Congressman Bobby Scott attended the march. He says he is watching the situation in Ferguson very closely.

“It is important to note that whatever the situation is in Ferguson, whether or not the shooting was justified or not, we know that too many people are dying when they encounter police,” Scott said.

Scott plans to hold a hearing on Capitol Hill to determine what happened in Ferguson.

 

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