Communities hold anti-violence events

September 4, 2011 4:34:45 AM PDT
On Saturday, there were two events that honored loved ones lost to violence.

A South Side community responded to the surge in youth violence and underachievement in Chicago schools with prayer. Volunteers and community members wore black T-shirts near 25 West 47th Street and prayed for equal funding for students, more parent-teacher involvement and higher student attendance.

The prayer ended with the release of balloons in memory of children who were killed last school year.

Also, the Organization Council held a Stop the Violence march Saturday morning from 71st and California to 72nd and Normal. Nearly 100 people participated. Community leaders encouraged residents to take back the streets, one block at a time.

Three white doves were released at the end of the march to honor those who lost loved ones to violence this year.