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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.