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TRACY -- Dozens came together in Tracy on Friday to rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

They told FOX40 that they wanted the demonstration to bring the community of San Joaquin County together as well as the nation in light of three tragedies throughout the nation. Some community members were concerned because the movement shut down a part of 880 in the Bay Area on Thursday.

Protesters at Friday’s rally wanted to assure the public they will not be disrupting traffic.

"I mean with anybody losing their lives you know black lives matter, blue lives matter; I believe all lives matter and we have to come together as a community. And the spiritual leaders in the community I’m asking everybody to pray,” Pastor James Young, the President of the Tracy African American Association said.

"There is a movement and it’s peaceful. I specifically told everybody that was against this: we are here to peacefully protest as proud Americans that’s what we’re here for,” Manuel Zapata, an organizer said.