The violence that has plagued the city of Chicago has gone from detrimental to outright ridiculous over the past few years. The city has always had violence but it has taken on a whole new level of indecency. The youth have gotten completely out of control and it appears there is no end in sight. Chicago has had over 238 people killed since the beginning of 2016 per stats on Heyjackass.com
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Per the Examiner, An annual South Side event sponsored by New Life Covenant Church will go a step further this year to bring awareness to rising violence that its pastor said is plaguing many inner-city neighborhoods.Chicago police officials said it will close off traffic from the event’s beginning point at 79th and Greenwood to the CTA Red Line stop at 79th and State streets, which is a total of 1.7 miles.
However, the Rev. John Hannah, pastor of New Life Covenant Church in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, said the demonstration should only last about 15 minutes, and then traffic will be allowed to resume.
“We will have a moment of silence for loved ones killed and we are asking anyone planning to participant to wear red [which symbolizes the blood of victims],” said Hannah. “We are looking at some heartless, cold-blooded individuals who do nothing more than bring havoc onto our communities and that has got to stop.”
He added that his church has done several outreach programs along 79th Street before, “but now with this increase of violence I felt like we needed to do a little bit more.”
Some business owners located along east 79th Street said they were not aware of the weekend event and did not know about the street closures.
“This is the first time I am hearing about this. No one told us anything,” said Cdil Muanwar, a manager with Image Corner, a clothing store at 7900 S. Cottage Grove Ave. “But since it’s only for a short time, I’m fine with it.”
According to the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, there are 24 businesses along east 79th Street to Greenwood Avenue that sell alcohol. Hannah said not all businesses located on 79th Street are liquor stores and most are not black-owned.
“Besides liquor stores there are a few small taverns and convenience stores that also sell liquor,” added Hannah. “But I was even more stunned when city officials told me that 24 establishments that sell liquor was a low number when you compare it to other neighborhoods.”
The “Prayer on the 9” starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at the corner of 79th Street and Greenwood Avenue and will encompass participants, from residents and youth to clergy leaders and elected officials, to not only pray and sing but to also lay down in the street holding photos of loved ones murdered in Chicago.