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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A group of voices interrupt the sounds of traffic on Memorial Parkway Sunday afternoon.

'Hands up, don't shoot! No justice, no peace!'

A small group, but a big distraction.

"We want the people in Ferguson to know that there are people in Alabama who care too," said Cornell Rogers, who organized the demonstration.

Signs, chants, and even a 'die-in' were part of the expression against what they're calling a tragic pattern that transcends beyond Mike Brown's death.

"With out us out here showing that we care about this cause, nothing will happen, nothing will change," said protester Teshara Childs.

"It's not isolated. Far too often we're seeing young black men killed by law enforcement, or vigilantes who take law enforcement into their own hands," said Rogers.

The group joins a culture of protesters nationwide who have reacted to the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson.

"If justice had been served, we wouldn't be seeing these types of protests," said Rogers. "When you rob people of justice, you're provoking them in a sense."

But some protests have spilled over into violence -- a method the Huntsville protesters decided against.

"We're here because of a violent act, so repaying violence with violence would do nothing," said Childs.

"It adds to the stereotypes and racial divide that we see," said Rogers.

The group hopes to bring awareness to north Alabama and start a new conversation.

"If we don't do anything, if we sit by silently, then it'll be our son next," said Rogers.

"It's almost to the point of genocide at this point," said Childs. "So we have to do something about it."