OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans join the race rallies. Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol Thursday to show their support for Ferguson, Missouri and to demand change back at home. "Hold Your Hands Up, Don't Shoot," was the rally cry.Ralliers want justice for Michael Brown, killed by a police officer in Ferguson two weeks ago, but they said this Brown's shooting death only opened America's eyes to racial issues happening everywhere."It is happening in Oklahoma. We are having issues here. It seems like its quietly kept but, it's here and the ones that it is having an effect on, they feel it and they know it that's why people are out here today," Midwest City City Councilwoman Christine C. Price Allen said.She was only one community leader who attended the rally. State Rep. Anastasia Pittman, D- Oklahoma City, was one of the lead organizers. "This is just the beginning of series of events where our constituents can be responded to," Pittman said.But leaders also called for action."When we leave and put our hands down, let us leave together and put our hands to work," one speaker said."One thing that we must do in the African American community, is we must believe in the ballot box," Pastor John Reed, Jr., of Fairview Baptist Church said.
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