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Groups to Host Open Mic Session In Response to Grand Jury's Decision

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Two groups in McLennan County will host an open mic session on Sunday in response to the grand jury's no indictment decision in the Michael Brown case.

Residents can share songs, prayers, thoughts, and reflections at the event hosted by the Waco Poets Society and in the Words of Womyn groups.

The groups want this dialogue to be a safe space for people to share thoughts.

Waco Poets Society, In the Words of Womyn founder Jenuine Poetess says hate speech will not be allowed at this event. Instead, the groups want to have creative expression without violence.

Poetess said the dialogue will allow people to grieve, sorrow and move forward as a community.

They chose not to do a protest because they say this dialogue can be more inclusive.

"When there is a space for people to share their stories, then everyone gets a voice, everyone has their chance to speak up. In a protest, there is not always a chance for everyone to be heard,” said Poetess.

Liz Ligawa, who is a member of the In the Words of Womyn group and a mother, said this topic is personal. She plans to participate in the open mic session.

She said she worries that when her son grows up, he will be perceived as a threat to society because of the way he looks.

"As a community, it is not just because he has dark skin that I speak, it's because of his dark skin and how he will be treated that I speak,” said Ligawa.

Ligawa said it is important to talk about race relations in Waco because of the city's diverse community.

The event will be held at the Heritage Square in Waco on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. For more information on the event, you can visit http://on.fb.me/1vLR57W

The Waco-McLennan County NAACP said it does not have any events planned in response to Ferguson.

However, it supports a petition that urges the Dept. of Justice to complete a federal, criminal civil rights investigation into Michael Brown's slaying.
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