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Murfreesboro groups spread messages of love ahead of planned white supremacy rally

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

One week from today, League of the South -- a white supremacy group -- plans a White Lives Matter rally in downtown Murfreesboro.

Several counter protests are in the works.

Local faith based and non-faith based groups, and community organizers say they want to promote a positive message of love and inclusion.

Jason Bennett with Murfreesboro Loves says they are currently training people how to properly and safely protest.

“We wanted to offer an alternative to direct confrontation,” said Bennett.

He says at least ten different faith-based organizations are joining forces for next Saturday.

“We’re going to be all over the city,” Bennett. “There's going to be groups of people all over the city with signs, really reaffirming who we are as a community, rather than who they are."

After a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly this summer, these organizations want to avoid similar violence.

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland posted a video with #WeAreMurfreesboro and #WeStandTogether. In it several pastors speak out against inequality but do not specifically mention the White Lives Matter rally.

Another White Lives Matter rally is also scheduled for next Saturday, October 28 by the Nationalist Front in Shelbyville.

The Shelbyville First United Methodist Church and the Shelbyville Church of the Nazarene will be sponsoring a prayer vigil this Thursday ahead of the rally.

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