Community demands peace as CPS school year ends - FOX 32 News Chicago

Community demands peace as CPS school year ends

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Hundreds marched Friday across the South Side in the name of peace. The rally was hosted by Saint Sabina Drew Community Leaders and those who have lost their loved ones from gun violence.

Diana Aguilar said she's putting her best foot forward in the Peace in Chicago rally and march in memory of her daughter.

"There was a drive by and unfortunately the bullets touched her and she loss her life," said Aguilar.

Six-year-old Aliyah Shell was sitting with her family on their their front porch in Little Village when she was shot and killed.

"All these shootings. Enough is enough. They deserve to dream, they deserve to live, they deserve to enjoy their life and not be scared and be able to go out and have fun," said Aguilar.

"May 23rd we had a weekend, people were out in the streets with 42 hours, no shots. We can do that every day but people have to understand during the school year we have community watchers that are paid to watch the kids go back and forth to school. The community has to understand that during the summer time we're all community watchers," said Father Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina Church.

On the last day of school, the community packed Saint Sabina Church - demanding peace and searching for solutions.

Father Michael Pfleger suggested some of his own.

"It's jobs, it's good education, it's positive alternatives, it's all this whole complexity of things but one of the things that happened on the 23rd is everybody at the same time saying we're going to have a consciousness about going outdoors in our neighborhood," said Pfleger.

And Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed.

"This is not just one night of a peace march. Every night in the city of Chicago should be a peace march with every resident and every community where children can be on the front stoop with their parents," said Emanuel.

"We want to give them books as opposed to bullets and guns and the book is From the Barrio to the Boardroom by Robert Reteria," said Craig Hodges, a former Chicago Bulls player.

Hodges believes the solution to the senseless violence starts with jobs.

"We have to create jobs and economics that will change the conditions of our people overnight," said Hodges.

Pfleger is urging Chicagoans to take responsibility for peace in tier homes and neighborhoods as more than 400,000 Chicago Public Schools students are out of school and potentially in harm's way.

"And that's why I'm here with my little soldiers trying. They're my daughter's voice. Unfortunately she can't be here to try to make a difference but we're here for her," said Aguilar.

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