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Pastor to hold peaceful protests in Downtown Tulsa

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Posted at 4:44 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 08:26:17-04

TULSA, Okla. — In the last month, protests have filled the streets across the country as racial injustices became a popular topic across the United States.

And, with President Trump's campaign rally taking place in Tulsa this weekend, protest plans have increased in Tulsa.

2 Works for You spoke to one pastor about his peaceful protest scheduled on Saturday, and his expectations with everything going on this weekend.

Pastor Mareo Johnson is also the lead organizer and founder of Black Lives Matter Tulsa.

He tells us his protest is created to keep the peace.

“It was to basically get together and still create and atmosphere of unity and love and solidarity for that day, because there may be negative vibes because of him being here,” Johnson said.

Pastor Johnson says he wants to create an atmosphere of unity and solidarity on Saturday because he believes there may be a lot of negativity in Tulsa this weekend.

He says his protest will have public speakers, food, and more. He wants people to enjoy themselves in a safe place away from the chaos happening downtown.

“We are basically standing against hate, and racism. Saying that we all have to come together to undo systematic racism. We are basically stand-in together in solidarity saying ‘Look we have to unite for the cause of everyone being treated equal,” Johnson said.

Pastor Johnson says he believes in freedom of speech, and has no issues with the President choosing Tulsa as his first campaign stop for re-election.

He's just hoping Tulsa will recover safely if we take on any damage.

Pastor Johnson's Trump protest will be Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in downtown Tulsa.

He says he is expecting 300 people, but all are welcome to join.

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