EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA.com) — The mothers of black men notoriously killed in recent years by police held a forum and luncheon organized by the Black Women’s Forum.

The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Ezell Ford joined hostess and BWF co-founder Congresswoman Maxine Waters to discuss violence in the African-American community and police brutality. Community leaders, clergy and lawmakers were also at the event. The forum was held Saturday at The West Hotel at LAX.

Members shared stories and engaged in a discussion to heal our communities.

Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, needed only two words to share her thoughts on how to go about improving the community; “Let’s vote.”

She then shared some advice with the crowd about hope, stating, “Don’t give up. I’m not. Don’t give up.”

BWF is a nonprofit organization bringing together more than 1,200 African American women in the L.A. area.

Rep. Waters touched on the issue as well, following speeches from the mothers.

“We do not support violence, we do not like it, but we will not accept it from anybody with a badge and a gun,” Rep. Waters said.

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