Chicago
Calls for Peace
9.24.16 12-1 PM

The city-wide response!

51st St Block

51st St Block

Bronzeville

Bronzeville

Art on Sedgwick

Art on Sedgwick

Chicago Presbyterian Church

Chicago Presbyterian Church

City of Faith Christian Church of Chicago

City of Faith Christian Church of Chicago

Congregation Hakafa

Congregation Hakafa

Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services

Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services

Fellowship Christian Church of Oak Park

Fellowship Christian Church of Oak Park

Friendship Presbyterian

Friendship Presbyterian

Grace and Peace

Grace and Peace

Grace Covenant Church

Grace Covenant Church

Greater Bethesda

Greater Bethesda

Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Hyde Park Jazz Fest

I Grow Chicago

I Grow Chicago

Jesus People USA

Jesus People USA

Kingdom Covenant Church Chicago

Kingdom Covenant Church Chicago

LaSalle Street Church

LaSalle Street Chicago

New Community Covenant Church Logan Square

New Community Covenant Church Logan Square

New Life Centers of Chicagoland

New Life Centers of Chicagoland

North Park University

North Park University

Northside Covernant Churches

Northside Covernant Churches

Park Community

Park Community

Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Pilgrim Lutheran Church

River City

River City

Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Meditation Center

St. Sabina

St. Sabina

St. Johns UMC Oak Park

St. Johns UMC Oak Park

St. Sabina Youth

St. Sabina Youth

Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Vineyard Church of Hyde Park

Vineyard Church of Hyde Park

Woodlawn Baptist

Woodlawn Baptist


3,059 Chicagoans have been shot and 522 have been killed this year. More people have been killed in our city than in New York and Los Angeles combined. Since 2001 more Americans have been killed in Chicago than have died fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On average, 12 people are shot each day and the murder rate is at a 20-year high. It is overwhelming and we risk becoming numb to the real suffering experienced by so many in our city.

A city-wide epidemic
requires a city-wide response.




On Saturday, September 24 from 12:00-1:00pm people all around Chicago will step into their neighborhoods to call for peace. From our many communities, with one collective voice, we will call for:

  1. Unity and solidarity throughout Chicago to combat violence and its causes;
  2. Attention to the many local, often overlooked, initiatives that address violence;
  3. Resources for the communities most impacted by violence.

This is not the only way we should respond to the violence plaguing our city, but it will be a powerful and unique action with the potential to tell a different story about the city we love.

To make this action successful, we need you!

How can my organization participate?

Chicago Calls For Peace is a decentralized event that will take place throughout the city on the same date and time. This means we need your organization (place of worship, business, community organization, block club, etc.) to host this action in your neighborhood. We simply ask that you hold the event from 12:00-1:00pm on September 24 and include the three general themes above in your program.

To sign-up, simply complete this short form. We will add your event and address to the map so that others in your community can join you.

Sign Up Your Organization


How can I participate?

If you are not already part of an organization that is hosting a Chicago Calls For Peace event, take a look at the map and find an event that is close to you and show up. We need everyone!

Contact

ChicagoCallsForPeace@gmail.com
Facebook
#chicagopeace


FAQ


Who is organizing Chicago Calls For Peace?

The action is being organized by Father Michael Pfleger (Saint Sabina Catholic Church) and Rev. David Swanson (New Community Covenant Church, Bronzeville) with the support of community and faith leaders all over Chicago.


I want to plan an event in my neighborhood. What should it look like?

Your event should take place from 12:00-1:00PM on September 24 and should engage in a general way with the three themes listed above. But after that, it’s up to you! This is a decentralized event which means that each site will be different, characterized by the uniqueness of your community. We know of a group of neighborhood churches that are planning a youth rally. Another group is hosting a softball tournament between rival gangs. An organization is planning an outdoor mediation as their contribution to Chicago Calls For Peace. Once you’ve planned your event, fill out the form above and we will make sure everyone knows about it.