FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --A group of peaceful protesters came together Sunday afternoon at Fresno City College. A coalition of churches called Faith in Community planned the rally to show solidarity.
Dozens of people braved the Fresno heat in a show of support for the late Michael Brown. Church leaders cried for justice and are demanding Fresnans of all races take a stand.
While raising their hands in a symbol of surrender, dozens of Fresnans say there's still inequality in the 21st century.
"We are sick and tired of being sick and tired of having African American, brown American brothers and sisters who get shot down by selfish, bigot police officers," said Reverend DJ Criner.
Faith in Community, a group of roughly 20 congregations and organizations, organized the event. And leaders from the different churches are voicing their concern at the violence taking place in Ferguson, Missouri.
"Injustice anywhere, affects justice everywhere. And we are part of that everywhere," said Pastor BT Lewis.
Leaders and protesters say officer-involved shootings take place across the country, including Fresno, and suggest sometimes those shootings happen because of racial profiling.
"This is a racist society unfortunately and we need to address this together," said protester Jim Grant.
"My presence is basically here to say I'm here, I'm standing with you to say we are one in the same as human beings, and that's why I'm here today," said Garisha Roberts.
Though the circumstances around the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown aren't clear, the message from these people certainly is.
The protesters here in Fresno are denouncing the rioting and urging peace.