Our Chicago: Voices of the Community town hall showcases faith leaders and 'Family Value' anti-violence campaign

Moderated by Race and Culture Reporter Will Jones
CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's Number One station for news, presented a virtual town hall offering Chicago area faith leaders behind the Media Editing Group, MEG, a platform to highlight their Family Value anti-violence campaign. In his new role as ABC 7's race and culture reporter, Will Jones moderated this virtual event, OUR CHICAGO: VOICES OF THE COMMUNITY available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, January 14 at 2:00 PM.

"See Something, Say Something" and "Put the Guns Down," are excellent suggestions that encourage community participation. And The Media Editing Group (MEG) supports them both. But, MEG wanted to do more by making all families the central focus of its "Family Value" initiative, which kicked off with public service announcements last month.

Will Jones dug deeper to learn about their plan to reduce violence by working within the family unit and providing concrete steps to address family issues without blame.

Guest panelists include:
Rev. Floyd D. James, Pastor Greater Rock M.B. Church
Rev. Robin Hood, Pastor Redeemed Outreach Ministry, and Co-Founder of "Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere" (M.O.V.E.)
Rev. Autry Phillips, Pastor, Hopewell MB Church, Executive Director of Target Area Development Corp.
Rev. Antonio Wallace, Violence Interrupter.
Pastor Rich Redmond, Research Editor, The Media Editing Group (MEG).

The virtual town hall was exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

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