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Ojai hosts peaceful Black Lives Matter rally Friday

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

A bicyclist rides through the Pergola Saturday where names of victims of violence were written during the demonstration.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Friday afternoons at the Pergola typically play host to a group of committed peace demonstrators.

Last Friday was different. Ojai saw its first-ever Black Lives Matter demonstration, with approximately 50 in attendance, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO).

The event was organized in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minn., two black men killed in police-involved shootings.

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