South Side rally focuses on violence, education

August 16, 2008 5:33:45 PM PDT
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, led a rally in Chicago's 7th Ward Saturday in a effort to "Stop the Violence.".Hundreds of students, parents, and community leaders joined in the South Side march. The event was meant to urge kids to reject gangs and violence and to remind parents to get their kids to school on September 2.

"We want our children to go to school on time. We are sympathetic with the funding issue, but it's very important for parents to meet their children's teachers on the first day," Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said.

"These children need to be able to go to school in a safe and sustainable environment," said Ald. Sandi Jackson.

The Jacksons say they stand ready to accept Governor Blagojevich's offer to dispatch state troopers to high-crime areas of the city, including the 7th Ward, if needed.