For Immediate Release
Gun Violence Survivors Join Workers and Residents in Chicago’s 6th Ward to Hold Candle Light Vigil Against Violence
Alderman Roderick Sawyer Joins Community Partners to Say Violence is Destroying Lives and Killing Economic Opportunity
Wed, Feb. 1st, 4:00 pm—4:30pm
Meet at Cole Park (NE corner of 85th and South Martin Luther King Drive);
Then candle light march to Church's Fried Chicken, 400 E 87th St, Chicago, IL 60619
Chicago Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer, 6th District
Minister Oscar Varnadoe, Park Manor United Church of Christ
Cynthia Youngblood, homecare worker, whose teenage daughter was shot twice
Jacqueline Smith, childcare provider, shot in the back from stray gunfire
Kenya Taylor, part-time traffic control aide
Gun violence survivors and residents of Chicago’s 6th Ward will join together at Cole Park and hold a candle light march, walking two blocks south to 87th and King Drive – the site of a tragic shooting by a teenager that killed three people on Nov. 5, 2011. Chanda Thompson, Cortez Champion and Shawn Russell were all three shot to death in their vehicle outside a Church’s Chicken which shared the parking lot with A Piece of Cake Bakery. The trio had been at the bakery to pick up a birthday cake for Thompson’s 2-year-old daughter.
Gun Violence survivors will speak about how their lives have changed since being shot and how violence is eroding economic opportunity in the 6th Ward. Residents are coming together to call for urgent action to stem the violence in the community and to demand that solutions also include jobs, economic development, and community investment as a vital strategy to improve public safety.