For the 15th consecutive year, thousands of people from across Chicago will join with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) and its partners on Saturday, June 5, 2010 to Walk for Peace & Celebration.
This year’s Walk for Peace & Celebration, whose theme is “Your Life is My Life, Ending Violence Starts with Me,” will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Avenue. Following a brief program, participants will walk west on Division Street to 3015 West Division Street, the Humboldt Park Stables, where they will participate in a celebration featuring food, performances, speakers, giveaways, games, and activities. The first 1,500 people to arrive at the Walk will receive free t-shirts.
ALSO is organizing the 15th Annual Walk for Peace & Celebration in partnership with La Capilla del Barrio/The Neighborhood Chapel and the Walk is sponsored by CeaseFire and Liberty Bank for Savings. The Walk also serves as the kickoff event for 2010 CeaseFire Week. More than 60 organizations will participate in this year’s walk.
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.
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.