ALSO’s 15th ANNUAL WALK FOR PEACE & CELEBRATION
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Starting Location – Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Avenue
Ending Location – Humboldt Park Stables, 3015 W. Division Street
The first 1,500 people to arrive at the Walk will receive free t-shirts. A Celebration will be held at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture at the Humboldt Park Stables following the Walk and will feature food, performances, speakers, giveaways, games, and activities. The Paseo Boricua flag raising will be part of the celebration and will take place some time after 12:00 p.m.
Speakers at Roberto Clemente High School:
Speakers at Stops Along the Walk for Peace:
Event Partner: La Capilla del Barrio/The Neighborhood Chapel
Event Theme: “Your Life is My Life, Ending Violence Starts with Me.” Your Life is My Life, Ending Violence Starts with Me is an educational effort focused on replacing the idea that different types of violence, such as domestic violence, street violence, and violence in our schools, are separate from each other with a deeper understanding that these types of violence are interconnected and co-occurring.
Sponsoring Organization: The mission of ALSO (www.also-chicago.org) is to end violence in the homes and streets of communities nationwide. Incorporated in 1998, ALSO was created to coordinate services for youth and families in the Logan Square community on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Becoming aware of the devastating impact of community violence on those families ALSO began to take action by implementing prevention programs to end street violence. In 2007, ALSO expanded its violence prevention and intervention efforts to include intimate partner violence. By working to end violence more broadly, ALSO began to see connections between violence on the streets and violence in the home. Today, ALSO works both locally and nationally to end violence. By expanding its reach, ALSO informs its national work from a local perspective and brings knowledge and best practices from around the country to our neighborhoods in Chicago.
Participating Organizations: More than 60 organizations will participate in this year’s Walk for Peace, including:
For more information, please contact Lori McClung at (877) 372-0166 Ext. 1 or email@example.com.
Paseo Boricua is already known for the two 59-foot steel Puerto Rican flags that serve as gateways to the neighborhood. This Saturday, June 5th, the neighborhood will be known for another flag as well.
Paseo Boricua is the first location outside the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to be granted the right to fly an official “Municipal Flag of Puerto Rico.” During the Alliance of Local Service Organizations' (ALSO) 2010 Walk for Peace and Celebration, Paseo Boricua’s new flag will be raised for the first time.
ALSO’s 15th Annual Walk for Peace and Celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 5th, at Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Avenue. The Walk for Peace will proceed down Division Street and will end at the Humboldt Park Stables and the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division Street, where a celebration will be held. The Paseo Boricua flag raising will be part of the celebration and will take place some time after 12:00 p.m.
Exclusiva: Habla la madre de Frankie Valencia
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Which is kicked of by the 2010 Walk for Peace and Celebration
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CONTACT: Tio Hardiman, Director, CeaseFire Illinois, 773-391-9072
ANNUAL CEASEFIRE WEEK (June 5
– 12, 2010)
WILL BRING CHICAGO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Chicago, IL) – Hundreds of Chicago residents from 19 communities will participate in nearly 50 events planned for the 8th annual CeaseFire Week. The week is meant to celebrate life, promote peace and remind Chicago residents to take a stand against violence.
A press conference will be held Friday, June 4 at 11 a.m. in front of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health at 1603 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612.
Tio Hardiman, Director of CeaseFire Illinois, said as summer gets underway, violence often rises.
“CeaseFire Week is timed to set a tone for the peak months – that violence is unacceptable. CeaseFire is a scientifically proven model. It works, not only for saving individual lives, but entire communities,” Hardiman said.
Attending the press conference will be several community partners from Chicago’s CeaseFire zones including Logan Square/Humboldt Park, Englewood, Little Village, North Lawndale, Decatur, Southwest, Waukegan, Austin, Grand Boulevard, Maywood, Rogers Park, Auburn Gresham, Roseland, Garfield Park, North Chicago, East Garfield, East Saint Louis and Albany Park.
Barbecues, candlelight vigils, basketball tournaments, a peace walk and performances by local artists are some of the major events planned for CeaseFire Week. A calendar of events can be found at http://www.ceasefirechicago.org/CEASEFIRE_CALENDAR_2010.pdf.
is a national anti-violence program statistically proven effective at reducing
shootings and killings by a U.S. Department of Justice study. In the past year,
CeaseFire has responded to 67 shootings and killings and has prevented more
than 350 conflicts that could have resulted in violent acts. Currently,
CeaseFire outreach workers are helping 535 individual program participants,
including youth, redirect their lives in a more positive direction by getting
back into school, finding jobs or accessing community resources. CeaseFire is
an initiative of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of
Mother Assumes Slain Son's Passion for Change
DePaul standout Frankie Valencia was shot, killed at Halloween Party last year
By NATALIE MARTINEZ and BJ LUTZ
Updated 5:15 PM CDT, Thu, Jun 3, 2010
Seven months after a DePaul University student was randomly shot and killed outside a house party on the Northwest side, his mother has made his well-known passion and vision for a better Chicago her own.
"I still see a lot of violence going on in Chicago and I really don't see any unified efforts to do anything about it, and it's heartbreaking," said Joy McCormack in her first public comments since her son was killed.
DePaul University standout Frankie Valencia was at a Halloween Party in Humboldt Park when an uninvited guest who had previously been asked to leave returned with a TEC-9 semi-automatic gun and began shooting erratically. Valencia took one of the bullets and died. His girlfriend, 21-year-old Daisy Camacho, was injured when a bullet grazed her neck.
Valencia was days away from receiving a prestigious award from Gov. Pat Quinn and had told his friends he could be the first Latino President of the United States. He put that ambition to work during Barack Obama's campaign for the White House.
After the shooting, President Obama reached out McCormack and her family, offering condolences and letting them know that he appreciated the values that he and Valencia shared.
"It means a lot because President Obama was a mentor for Frankie. Frankie didn't see a public role model for a young man of color, and what he saw was this senator who he could relate to. And he focused on him and he started to learn about him," she said. "It meant a lot because it really meant a lot to Frankie."
To help her get through through the pain of her loss, McCormack has thrown herself into a mission against violence and says that not enough is being done to rescue youths from hopelessness.
"Frankie had a lot of passion about change in the city and I can't let his story be just another sad story that people just will look upon with sadness," she said. "I can't let his death be in vain. Change has to come out of this and that's what I want to see happen."
McCormack decries the amount of money being spent on national defense and the country's wars while legislators cut funding for schools and for "the very programs that give kids an outlet to deal with some of the things that are going on in their communities and their families."
"The messages [children are] getting are messages of hopelessness... of violence around them, and it's become so commonplace that's it not scary anymore," she says with sadness.
"I will go to every court date. And they will look at me. And they will look at our family," she said. "Because my son will not be forgotten. And if they didn't understand the value of life before, they're going to learn it now."
McCormack will be one of the main speakers at the 15th annual Walk for Peace and celebration, held this Saturday at Clemente High School.
First Published: Jun 3, 2010 4:14 PM CDT
The Alliance of Local Service Organization (ALSO) today announced the speakers that will appear at its 15th Annual Walk for Peace and Celebration, this Saturday, June 5th, at 10:00 a.m. at Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Avenue. The speakers at the Walk kickoff at Clemente High School will be:
During the Walk, participants will stop to hear experts address how different types of violence co-occur and interact and how each of us can play a role in ending violence. Speakers during these stops will include:
These speakers are available for comment before, during or after the Walk for Peace and Celebration. To schedule an interview time, please contact Lori McClung at (877) 372-0166 Ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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