Chicago Youth Violence: Our Kids are Taking a Stand.
With the world in their pockets, a generation is coming alive through online voices, creativity, fundraising and monumental social change on a local and global scale. Chicago youth are standing up against violence in their city through technology venues.
Our city has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation and it is our amazing young people who are standing up for peace. “I Am for Peace,” a documentary that tells the story of three Chicago public high school students who organized one of the largest student-led peace marches in city history last June to protest escalating gun violence killing their peers. The documentary will make its public television debut on May 28 at 8 p.m. (CST) on Chicago’s WTTW.
“I Am for Peace” chronicles the way three Perspectives high school students, who share co-producer credits for the film, took lessons from the classroom to the streets to show how young people can be a voice for peace. Perspectives successfully raised more than $35,000 on Kickstarter to finance the film (New Chapter Entertainment, 2014)-Look what these brilliant minds can do...
The documentary will repeat on WTTW’s digital Prime channel (channel 11.2 over the air, 370 on Comcast, and 37 on RCN) on Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m.
Chicago Youth Violence and Summer
And just in time, too. A week later, on June 5, students at Perspectives Charter Schools will march for peace again and will be joined by students in at least eight other cities, including Evanston. Spreading the message of peace and social responsibility is critically important now as they face another potentially deadly summer of senseless shootings and homicides.
It’s time. Chicago is an amazing city, and our kids deserve so much more.
The “I Am for Peace” documentary features opening remarks by Chicago-born actress/singer Jennifer Hudson and an interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “I Am for Peace” harkens back to the student-led activism of the Civil Rights Movement and is a moving tribute to America’s under-estimated urban youth.
Isn't it time? Will you be watching?