• The Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, stands with Trish Dziko, co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation Academy in Kent, Wash., during an assembly Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Jackson spoke at length about a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, for the Aug. 9, 2014 fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown and he was in the Seattle area to urge more hiring of minorities by high tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, stands with Trish Dziko, co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation Academy in Kent, Wash., during an assembly Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Jackson spoke at length about a grand jury's decision not ... to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, for the Aug. 9, 2014 fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown and he was in the Seattle area to urge more hiring of minorities by high tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Associated Press)

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    The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrives to talk to students and teachers at an assembly Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the Technology Access Foundation Academy in Kent, Wash. Jackson spoke at length about a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri ... police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, for the Aug. 9, 2014 fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Jackson was in the Seattle area to urge more hiring of minorities by high tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Associated Press)

  • Students listen as the Rev. Jesse Jackson gives a speech at an assembly Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the Technology Access Foundation Academy in Kent, Wash. Jackson spoke at length about a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, for the Aug. 9, 2014 fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Jackson was in the Seattle area to urge more hiring of minorities by high tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Students listen as the Rev. Jesse Jackson gives a speech at an assembly Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the Technology Access Foundation Academy in Kent, Wash. Jackson spoke at length about a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police ... officer Darren Wilson, who is white, for the Aug. 9, 2014 fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Jackson was in the Seattle area to urge more hiring of minorities by high tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Associated Press)

Jesse Jackson urges peaceful demonstrations in Seattle on Ferguson; tech jobs for minorities

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for more peaceful protests against the Ferguson police shooting but said the real agenda for civil rights in Seattle is increasing minorities employed by high-tech companies such as Microsoft, Nintendo and Amazon.com.

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Jackson visited the TAF Academy in Kent on Monday to highlight training needed to boost high-tech jobs for women and minorities.

The civil rights leader spoke about racially charged killings and led an assembly of students and teachers in a chorus call and response of "Hands Up. Don't Shoot" as everyone raised their hands.

Jackson is visiting Seattle after stops in California and Portland, Oregon, to focus on minority employment in the technology industry.

He spoke Sunday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle about addressing root issues that give rise to racial and economic disparities, the seattlepi.com reported (http://bit.ly/1vbXtUn).

"We do not have a technology deficit, we have an opportunity deficit," Jackson said.

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Earlier in the day at Emmanuel Temple in Portland, Oregon, he criticized the grand jury that decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting last August of Michael Brown.

In Seattle, Jackson urged protesters to remain non-violent.

"Violence is a diversion from our real agenda," he said.

Jackson was set to speak Tuesday about the issue at the University of Washington. He's also attending a conference at Microsoft in Redmond on improving education for all students in science, technology, engineering and math.

On Wednesday, Jackson said, he will attend the Microsoft shareholders meeting in Bellevue as a shareholder.

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AP photographer Ted Warren contributed to this story.