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MINNEAPOLIS - Teachers and students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College plan to stand up against violence Thursday.

They're calling it the "Green Dot Day," a chance for people to move forward and say something about violence in their community.

It starts at 11 a.m. on the campus Thursday (facebook.com/mctcgreendot) and will finish in the afternoon where the group will march on the city streets.

It is all part of a movement that appears to be growing on the MCTC campus.

"Green dot is anti-bullying for adults," said teacher Diane Scovill.

"Like see something, say something kind of movement," added teacher Jennifer Mason.

Both Mason and Scovill, along with MAD DADS leader VJ Smith, and other students helped organize the movement.

And you could say, in some ways, it all started June 17th, 2009.

"I was taking attendance," said Scovill.

She was taking roll and one student was absent. She thought nothing of it until a week later.

"And that's when I found out he was shot in a drive by," she said as her voice wavered. "It was a moment of clarity. It was personal. And I thought how would the world be if all took this more personal."

That's why she is trying to get more students to stand up with her.

Felicia Hamilton is a student at MCTC and is urging more people to tell police about violence in their neighborhood. She said too often people believe snitching is a bad thing.

"We keep that silence and that silence is deadly," said student Felicia Hamilton. "That's what's killing our communities. The silence."

She lost a brother to gun violence. Fellow student Demarco Staggers almost lost his life. He was shot while running with gangs.

"It takes a lot of courage to take a stand," said Staggers.

He turned his life around after someone told him he could do so much more.

It was a similar story for Marc Johnigan, a recovering drug addict whose son was shot and killed.

He said he changed his heart when others opened up theirs to him.

"People who, you know reach out to you in the time of struggle when you don't know which way to go, when you're trying to climb back up that hill, when you have people on your side it makes it so much easier," he said.

So they've all decided to say something, and they hope others follow their lead.

"This is about community," said Johnigan.

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