Chicago priest rehangs flag right side up

October 11, 2009 8:21:41 PM PDT
Fr. Michael Pfleger says the government's involvement in an anti-violence effort is only the beginning of what needs to be done.This past spring, Fr. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina church hung an American flag upside down as a symbol of the community distress. Sunday, he hung the flag right side up again because he says a recent visit by the U.S. attorney general and education secretary to Chicago showed the government's commitment to helping to fight violence.

"We're looking for Washington to partner with the community to solve the problem. This is a partnership, but we need their resources, and we need the powers they have. Government has a place in this," Pfleger said.

Fr. Pfleger says the federal government has promised funds to help in the anti-violence effort.

Another South Side church participated in the anti-violence effort Sunday. Trinity United Church of Christ held a march against violence after its morning service.

Members of the church called it a wake-up call to the community after the recent killing of Fenger high school student Derrion Albert.


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