Anti-Violence Activism

Around the world, individuals and communities are working to stop the violence. Please enjoy the news articles below to stay up to date on their struggles.

Jose More/Chicago News Cooperative

In late November 2011, Reverend Corey Brooks, a minister of New Beginnings Church in Chicago, has pitched a tent on the roof of a vacant motel to raise 450,000 dollars to convert it into a community center.  He did so after after officiating his 10th funeral in less than a year for a young black man killed on the streets of the South Side of Chicago, and as of today (1/16/2012) has been there for over two months. 
Death on the Streets Prompts a Life o the Roof 
New York Times
Don Terry
Bringing Gang Members to God on a Rooftop
New York Times
Don Terry

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 
Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times

Teenagers from a small church known as Psalm 100 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico have begun dressing as ten foot angels in an effort to reduce the drug-war violence in their city. Self-named "Messenger Angels", they stand in busy intersections, visit crime scenes, set up in front of prosecutors' offices and police stations holding signs that speak to criminals and corrupted officials, to "prick the consciences of the people who have caused the city so much pain. 
Angels Rushing in Where Others Fear to Tread
New York Times
Damien Cave


Brownsville Murder of Zurana Horton Highlights Need for a Renewed Fight Against Gun Crime
New York Daily News
Greg Jackson And Gerald Thomas
Outraged by the senseless death of Zurana Horton on November 1st, more than 250 people from Brownsville and neighboring communities departed from Pitkin Ave. and Watkins Ave. headed for Wall Street in Manhattan. The silentmarch across the Brooklyn Bridge aimed to bring greater attention to the problems of gun violence in the streets of inner-city neighborhoods. Residents of Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and any other inner-city neighborhood know that gun violence is a problem and they know what needs to be done to stop it: what they need are the resources.

The march was an extraordinary example of grassroots logistical organizing. Marchers were transported from the staging point at Pitkin Ave. and Watkins Ave. in cars and vans and in the vehicles of the truck and SUV clubs, Trucked Out, X Ryders and The Counsel to a parking and staging area on Cadman Plaza West that was arranged by NYPD. There, marchers walked behind two caskets, representing the deaths caused by gun violence, across the Brooklyn Bridge.

A march of the bottom 10% of "The 99 Percent", participants continued past Zuccotti Park to emphasize the economic injustice of collecting revenue from the neighborhoods’ consumers and taxpayers and not allocating funds to those neighborhoods for education and for social and economic development.

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