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Organizers prepare for Black Lives Matter vigil in Spokane following recent national tragedies

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We can't pretend that all we need to do is hold hands and feel better," said Moore. We can't pretend that all we need to do is hold hands and feel better," said Moore.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Black Lives Matter vigil is happening on Saturday in Spokane at the County Courthouse from 12:00-1:00 p.m. It was planned well before the Dallas shootings but that tragedy will be on everyone's mind.

Hundreds are expected to come out on Saturday but one event organizer that is a part of it that KHQ talked with says she wants it to be peaceful.

"We are based in principals of non-violence. We decided that we wanted to do a vigil as a way of expressing our sorrow, and grief and anger and our determination that we as a country cannot just watch as new stories arise in social media that we have to take action," said Liz Moore, the director of Peace and Justice Action League Spokane.  

The vigil is to remember the men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. "We can't pretend that all we need to do is hold hands and feel better," said Moore.

Moore says it's time to take a stand but in a peaceful way.

With the tragedy in Dallas, she says it does feel like our country is at a crossroad. "Where we can choose to descend into violence and hatred or we can choose to assert the best parts of ourselves and act with courage and with humility," said Moore.

Spokane Police officers say they will be at the vigil for security purposes. Even though it is a vigil, they feel it's necessary to be there just in case. 

A peaceful rally in support of law enforcement is planned in Moscow, Idaho for Saturday. It will be from 4 to 8 pm in Friendship Square on Main Street.

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