Chicago teachers, students march for peace on South Side

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CHICAGO – For the third year, a march and rally against violence on Chicago’s South Side Friday morning.

Mayor Emanuel and about 2500 students, teachers and community leaders spoke out against the bloodshed as summer vacation approaches.

The march started at 10 a.m. at 24th and State in the South Loop. They walked 12 blocks south and ended at Perspectives Math and Science Academy at 3663 S. Wabash. Then, there was a Peace Jam.

The idea for the march came after a 16-year-old student was murdered outside a high school basketball game in 2013. The movement generated a recent documentary called, “I am for Peace.” That documentary gained support on social media and helped turn the peace march into an international event.

“The other countries are simultaneously marching with us in countries like Belgium, South Africa and Haiti. There is a contingency of schools there who are part of this movement, globally thinking about how do we stop violence, how do we make our communities better,” said David Terry, a Peace March Organizer from Perspectives Charter Schools.

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