Chicago community

Race Against Gun Violence raises funds for community groups

CHICAGO (SCS) — A peace movement through Chicago on Saturday included a run against gun violence that took place in part of Grant Park. And it is no coincidence that the race was there. Not only is it a central location, but it’s also within walking distance of Millennium Park, where 16-year-old Seandell Holliday was killed nearly a month ago – on a Saturday around the same time. when the race started.

“Our boys and young men of color have goals, dreams and aspirations. They don’t want to die from a gunshot,” said Vondale Singleton, Founder and CEO of CHAMPS.

Singleton was Seandell’s mentor before he was killed on May 14.

Seandell was killed near “The Bean” before reaching his goal of turning 21.

“For me, that shouldn’t be a goal,” Singleton said. “We shouldn’t be getting ready for the funeral. We should be doing the prom send-offs and graduations.”

The Race Against Gun Violence has raised funds to support organizations like CHAMPS – the groups that provide space for young people fighting gun violence.

“I think it’s always important to talk about gun violence in Chicago, but today we celebrate the organizations that are making a difference,” said Maggie Baczkowski, founder of Strides for Peace.

“Violence is more common among men of color, so for us to reverse that narrative is for us to take the power and the platform and use it to make things active in events like this. here,” said Orlandus Thomas of Change for the Better. .

Abpit 1,000 runner has raised funds for around 75 different organizations with a similar goal.

“Our goal is to work across the city with organizations like I Am a Gentleman and Urban Male Network and other organizations that reach young people and point them in the right direction,” Singleton said.

The young people came out this Saturday evening in force, fighting for the future.

“I want the people of Chicago to know that people have a lot to live for and it’s not cool to take someone’s life when they’re so young,” Joshua, 13, said.

The event was organized by Strides for Peace.