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.

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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.”

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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.

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“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.