Two anti-violence events were held today during another weekend marred by gun violence in Chicago.
As recently as Sunday afternoon, a 15-year-old boy was shot near 47th and Cottage Grove on the city’s South Side. Police say he was the victim of a possible drive-by-shooting. He is in serious condition at Comer Children’s Hospital.
Today, across the street from his New Beginnings Church at 66th and King Drive, on the site where he’s still trying to build a community center, Pastor Corey Brooks launched a massive effort to get men from all walks of life to sign up to help with his anti-violence initiative.
Pastor Brooks is looking to recruit 5000 men to take over 500 of the city’s most violence prone blocks on Friday nights.
“This summer is going to be totally different. We’re doing everything we can to solve this issue ourselves.” Brooks said. “I think when older black men take a stand, younger men will take a sit down.”
Similar sentiments were echoed at another rally nearby at 63rd and King Dr.
That event was organized by the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club and Chicago Citizens for Change.
For more information on Pastor Brook’s project, log on to projecthood.org until June 4th.