Thousands of people took to the streets of Chicago on Friday for hundreds of anti-violence events, all part of a new anti-violence campaign.
The Mayor’s office says two hundred events were held, from rallies, to church-sponsored marches and prayer vigils and block club parties.
They were all part of the new “A Summer of Faith and Violence” campaign, trying to get people to put down guns and make the city’s streets safer.
Mayor Emanuel attended three of the events Friday.
More events will be held throughout the holiday weekend.
Emanuel is encouraging everyone to take part in the events.
“I want the whole city to speak with one voice this weekend: Put the guns down. These streets belong to our children. They belong to our families,” he said.
For the first time in perhaps months, there were no shootings in the city for more than 24 hours. News Affairs confirms the last shooting in Chicago was Thursday, May 22nd, at 10 p.m.