Community "gathers with a goal" to end violence, discuss social injustice

Tonight, people gathered with a goal, demonstrating a very different scene during a valley protest against social injustice.
Tonight, people gathered with a goal, demonstrating a very different scene during a valley protest against social injustice.
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Tonight, people gathered with a goal, demonstrating a very different scene during a valley protest against social injustice.
 
Rather than charging the freeway, tonight's peaceful protesters marched and discussed how to stop violence and find peace.
 
At one point organizers asked if anyone had attended last night's event, and in a room full of maybe 200 to 250 people, only one woman raised her hand. 
 
It was clear this was a different event.
 
"We ain't about to be stopping traffic and trying to get on the freeway - na uh, none of that," said Pastor Warren Stewart. 
 
A stark contract from last night's downtown protest, today's walk against social injustice was what one community leader called "gathering with a goal."
 
"We need to know where the rallies are in the City of Phoenix, listening sessions, the council meetings are, we have to spread that information to and show up because that's more important to show that we are serious about this - besides protests in the heat," Stewart said.
 
Pastor Warren Stewart Junior says its organization has a clear purpose that can make the difference between a rally for a cause and a chaos inducing protest. 
 
"It's not just black people fighting for black people, we have a diverse group of people that are fighting for civil rights."
 
At one point, the crowd verbally agreed to keep the peace and out of traffic. 
 
"We are rallying peacefully, say peacefully/ PEACEFULLY, say it one more time, PEACEFULLY.”
 
"We will be marching on the SIDEWALK - say SIDEWALK - SIDEWALK- alright you got it."
 
Adding that even though a scene may attract more attention, he believes perseverance and knowledge of critical city meetings is key to establishing change. 
 
"We're not worried about taking traction or the numbers they may throw around, we're still moving forward without the cameras."

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