Lightfoot Calls For Community Support To Help Solve City's Gun Violence

Jim Gudas
June 14, 2019 - 9:57 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hoping to help avert another violent weekend in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot took part in a peace rally on the South Side Friday night.

The mayor joined community activists and residents in the peace rally outside St. Sabina's Church 78th and Throop. Residents held signs that read "Stop America's love affair with guns;" "Break the code of silence" and "Stop the flow of guns."

Strides For Peace, an arts collective that works to empower local organizations to work together to stop gun violence and collaborate on healing events through art, open dialogue and various events, was part of the rally and had volunteers on hand to share the group's mission.

Lightfoot promised that the city is doing all it can to combat the violence.

But the mayor said the government cannot do it alone, and called on residents to take back their neighborhoods to help stop violence. Working together and holding people accountable is one way the community can solve the violence, she told a group of supporters. 

"I am going to do everything I can — morning, noon and night — to make sure we are reminded to strengthen our communities, that we are bringing economic development, jobs and a public safety net," Lightfoot said at the rally.

Community members joined Mayor Lightfoot to urge for peace, not violence. (Jim Gudas/WBBM)

Lightfoot said that every community should have the resources they need to thrive, including those for trauma and mental health, without going miles out of their neighborhood to visit a hospital or a mental health clinic.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said earlier this week that the violence plaguing the city this year shows the challenges his officers face are “complex and profound.”

"I know I can speak for everyone at CPD when I say we take these shootings seriously, and there's a heightened sense of urgency and care when it comes to gun violence in this city," he said.