Chicago Pastor Corey Brooks headed to Baltimore to help stand against violence

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CHICAGO -- Chicago's Pastor Corey Brooks will travel to Baltimore today, to support a fellow pastor, and provide assistance in trying to defuse the violence there.

Brooks told WGN-TV, minority communities in Chicago face the same tensions as those in Baltimore; and he hopes his visit today will help him learn how to respond effectively if those tensions erupt here.

"I'm hoping and praying that it never happens in Chicago, but it would be best if we were prepared," Brooks said.

Tonight the Chicago chapter of Black Youth Project 100 will be holding a Baltimore solidarity demonstration in front of Chicago Public Safety Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.  The organization is made up of 18- to 35-year-olds and it was started around the time of the Trayvon Martin verdict in Florida.

"I believe Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best -- a riot, if you want to call it a riot, is the language of the unheard," said organizer Breanna Champion.  "So these young people have been unheard for years."

The activists claim the police have militarized, and African-Americans are anguished and frustrated, and believe they have been denied justice.

A Facebook campaign goes as far as to say "we claim genocide."

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