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Silicon Valley Faith Leaders, Non-Profits Promote Peaceful Election Transition

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Silicon Valley faith leaders, along with 28 Silicon Valley nonprofits, gathered Wednesday at San Jose City Hall Plaza to promote a peaceful transition in the 2020 presidential election.

The event included peace and de-escalation trainings, small group discussion, and a prayer vigil. Organizers said the event was fueled by concerns the president would attempt to block counts in various battleground states.

"Our states must keep counting until every last ballot is counted," said Diane Fisher with the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Faith leaders said they understand tensions are running high, but urge everyone to remain calm no matter who wins.

"Racism in the form of voter suppression is a threat to democracy," said Darcie Green with Anti Racist San Jose. "Racial justice must be pursued with a peaceful transition as a solution."

A rally, led by members of co-sponsoring non-profits, was also scheduled to close out the event.

Meanwhile, faith leaders said they plan to attend several rallies in the next few weeks with two messages: count every vote and demonstrate peacefully.

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