Earlier today, I was pleasantly surprised when Mayor Rahm Emanuel called me. He was very encouraging and spoke highly of our radical move to bring attention to the excessive violence in the south side communities of Woodlawn and Englewood.
I received the mayor's call while still on the rooftop of this abandoned motel across the street from my church, New Beginnings, at 6620 S King Dr.
The mayor was very enthusiastic and applauded our efforts and wished that more people would not only take a stand to bring attention to violence, but also take action against violence. After speaking with him I know this can work, but it's going to take a collective effort by city officials and the community in order to see some significant change.
I was so encouraged by the mayor's final comment that "This will help all of us!" I reiterated to him my intentions to stay on the roof until we are able to secure this abandoned building so that it can be turned into a community and economic development center.
I respect the mayor; he didn't have to call, but he did! I told him how much I love the city of Chicago and look forward to working with him in the future and was appreciative of his time. He, as well as I, are looking forward to a face to face meeting on the ground real soon.
It's moments like this, that you realize your work is not in vain. In the words of the Apostle Paul, "...you will reap a harvest if you do not give up!" And I don't plan on giving up any time soon!
Pastor Corey Brooks
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