Group urges end to Chicago violence

April 13, 2009 (CHICAGO) The Black Star Project took their 'Educate or Die' tour to Chicago Vocational Career Academy on Monday.

Students there have written a letter to President Obama, asking for help in stopping the violence against their peers.

Black Star plans to visit dozens of area schools with a giant 15-foot billboard of upside down flags, a national symbol of distress. The flags represent 32 children killed in Chicago by violence in the past nine months.

"We can make a difference. Let's take our community back. Let's go from school to school, to talk to our children about nonviolence, about conflicts resolution and a better way to live in this world," said Rev. Kathryn Jackson, Black Star Project.

The letter also asks President Obama to help improve educational and employment opportunities, including summer programs for Chicago's youth.

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