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Carbondale activists gather to protest Ferguson decision

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

While there were ugly protests in Ferguson, in the Heartland the response has been generally peaceful.

In Carbondale, activists demonstrated along Main Street.

Peaceful is the word to describe that scene where 50 or so activists have lined up along Main Street in Carbondale.

Many of them holding signs that read, “Black lives matter,” and chanting, “Hands up, don't shoot” in response to the news out of Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night.

While were chanting loudly and getting a lot of attention from cars driving by, several protesters say they want this demonstration and future ones to remain peaceful.

Members from the NAACP and the Racial Justice Coalition are here, as well as folks from the community participated.

“By standing in public places and occupying people's attention and taking their time and saying, ‘Listen to this, you must listen to this, this is important,'” said Cathy Field, the Racial Justice Coalition spokesperson.

In the first hour, the number of protesters doubled

These activists planned to protest before the Monday's announcement was made, regardless of the outcome.

“It is going to take not only black people but white people, all of us as Americans to try and understand each other and to have some sort of solidarity with each other and I think that will help change things," said Ed Dorsey, the NAACP president

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