Annual Non Violence March to Commmemorate Robert Woods held in our Neighborhood

Robert Woods was a Curie High School Honor student and football player. He was a victim of gun violence in 2002 when he was gunned down in our neighborhood at the corner of Mason and Fulton.  His life and promise is honored every year by his mother JoEthel Brown who with the help of community activist and Evangelist Dorethea Stafford through a March Against Violence. The march is held on Memorial Day (the date of the shooting)  and starts at the corner of Mason and Fulton, one of the sites CANA planted flowers a week ago. 

Ms Brown comes back to our community and to one of our blocks to make sure we do not forget what happened.  Her desire to help other families and to prevent this from happening to others should be supported.  The march is attended each year by Hope House  of  Lawndale Community Church   founded by Pastor Wayne Gordon. This organization has been doing  good works in the community since 1978.  Associate Pastor and Director of Hope House Joseph Atkins leads the marchers through the 16 block area of CANA bounded by Austin and Menard and Madison and Corcoran.

– Please note there have been corrections to the Hope House participants since original posting. We had links to the wrong Hope House earlier.  Thank you.

To view video of the event, please scroll through the list of videos under the video player on the lower right.

  3 comments for “Annual Non Violence March to Commmemorate Robert Woods held in our Neighborhood

  1. August 4, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I’ll work on linking Robert’s murder with the violent deaths of US troops, esp. of African Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan in the years since Robert’s death. The idea is to show that any murder is a “casualty of war.” That war is a neighborhood problem on out to an international problem.

    • rmreid
      August 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Thank you for yor tireless efforts to eliminate violence in our society. As you know there have been 20 murders in Austing so far this year and I have read that arrests have been made in only two cases. This creates a climate of violence with impunity. Let’s brainstorn things we can do as an organization to combat this tragedy.

  2. October 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

    One things we can do to reduce youth violence is attend the free . this Saturday, Oct. 20, ’12 8a.m. to 5:00p. It’s the 1st annual peace summit.

    Location: Soka-Gakkai USA Buddhist Center, 1455 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605

    Public trans: I’m taking Greenline to Roosevelt stop, 1200 South, and walking over and down to nearby 1455 S. Wabash Av.

    Parking: Parking is available at no charge on both sides of the Soka-Gakkai Buddhist Center. There is ample parking for all attendees.

    When: Saturday, Oct 20, 2012, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
    Where: Soka Gakkai USA Buddhist Center 1455 S Wabash Av.

    Registration: Required

    Registration: As we have seating for 400 attendees, walk-ins may be turned away if they have not pre-registered. To attend the event or invite others in your community to attend the event, please register on this web page
    Summit Goals: Bringing together leaders in Community Organizations, Civic Groups, Education, Business, Violence and Conflict Resolution Advocates, Law Enforcement and Clergy who are committed to Creating Sustainable Peace within Chicago and surrounding communities.

    Summit Outcomes: To identify practical strategies that will address issues relating to Youth Violence, unemployment and gang affiliation. To develop collaborative means of accountability expected from, but not limited to; Educators, Legislators, Government, Clergy, Law Enforcement, Industry, and Community Based Organizations. To advance a series of ongoing Rotary initiatives aimed at creating Sustainable Peace within the City of Chicago and surrounding communities.
    Summit Objectives:
    To bring together families, community leaders, experts onyouth violence and conflict resolution, law enforcement agencies, civic,religious and community based organizations to find a “path to lasting peace within our City”
    To explore ways of creating a “Culture Of Peace”within the City of Chicago and surrounding metropolitan communities
    To identify best practices that will address issues aroundYouth violence, unemployment and gang affiliation
    To build support for a series of on-going Rotaryinitiatives aimed at creating a Culture Of Peace within the City ofChicago and surrounding Metropolitan communities
    To identify strategies and measures of accountabilityexpected from, but not limited to, educators, legislators and government, lawenforcement, industry, clergy, and community-based organizations, to demonstrate actions that promote a Culture Of Peace
    Morning Panelists and Guest Presenters

    Rotarian Osei Andrews-Hutchinson, Co-Chair, Village Academy
    Apostle Sylvester Brinson, III, Ph.D., President of Hope Outreach Ministries
    Merri Dee, Summit Facilitator, Chicago Area Television News and Media Leader
    Tio Hardiman, Illinois Director of Cure Violence (previously known as Cease Fire)
    L.Y.R.I.C., Spoken Word
    Rotarian Pat Merryweather, Rotary District 6450 Governor
    Noonie G. (Harold Ward), Entrepreneur, community activist, and former gang member
    Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
    Dr. Christopher Ann Robinson-Easley, Governors State University
    Rotarian Dr. Michael Townsend, Co-Chair, Professor at Governors State University
    Rotarian Sergio Rodriquez, Leadership Instructor at Glenwood School
    Renata Sago, Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar
    Rotarian Scot Thurman, Lawyer, university faculty, youth ministry

    Afternoon Break Out Session Leaders and Facilitators

    Pam Brockman, Art of Living Foundation
    Dr. Michael Brown, Chicago Park District and community activist
    Rotarian Evan Freund, Executive Service Corps of Chicago
    Leslie Ritter-Jenkins, Institute for Empowering Communications
    Jennifer Kim, Director, Peace School and Chair, Chicago Build the Peace Committe
    Rotarian LynnToi Lawson, Christian Community Health Center and South Holland Business Association
    Rotarian Judd Lofchie, Lawyer and the founder of Street Wise
    L.Y.R.I.C., Peace and rage expressions through spoken words
    Noonie G. (Harold Ward), Entrepreneur, community activist, and former gang member
    Renata Sago, Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar
    Rotarian Jacquelyn Small, Governors State University
    Rotarian Scot Thurman, Lawyer, university faculty, youth ministry
    Rotarian Dr. Michael Townsend, SGI-USA

    Please note other presenters are being added that will include police and local elected officials

    Program Schedule

    8:00-8:30 General Registration/Registration for afternoon Breakout Sessions

    8:30-8:45 Welcome and Acknowledgements – Dr. Michael Townsend Sr. and Osei Andrews-Hutchinson,
    Peace Summit Co-Chairs
    Soka-Gakkai USA Center Representative
    Governor Patricia Merryweather, Rotary International District 6450

    8:45-9:00 A Victim of Violence- Engagement of the audience

    9:00-9:30 Introduction of Panelists and Facilitator – Emcees Renata Sago and Sergio Rodriguez

    9:30-10:15 Panelist Discussion/Response to questions: Facilitated by Merri Dee

    10:15-11:00 Question and Answer Session with Audience Members: Facilitated by Merri Dee

    11:00-11:15 Presentation: “Plugging into our Youth” Harold ‘Noonie G’ Ward

    11:20-11:30 Youth Performance by L.Y.R.I.C. “Creating Peace”

    11:35 Emcees Provide Instructions for Lunch and Afternoon Break

    11:35-12:30 Lunch break

    12:30-1:00 Participants May View Victory Over Violence Exhibit (Main Auditorium)

    1:00-1:55 Break Out Session 1

    2:00-2:50 Break Out Session 2

    Break Out Sessions:

    A. Taking It to the Schools and Community:The SGI-USA Victory Over Violence Exhibit
    B. What you Should Know about Gangs In Your Community
    C. Jobs and Related Resources
    D. Peace & Rage- Expressions Through Spoken Words with L.Y.R.I.C.
    E. Street Cred-Real Talk for Youth Only
    F. Strategies to Support Youth: How to Manage Stress, Drop Violence and Empower Communication
    G. Chicagoland Artistic Expressions for Peace

    3:00-3:50 Wrap Up & Conclusions of Break Out Sessions in Main Auditorium
    3:50-4:00 Closing Remarks – Path to Lasting Peace
    If anyone could forward this to JoEthel Brown, Robert Woods’ mom, and Dorethea Stafford, community activist/evangelist, I’d much appreciate.
    The website for above + a bit more is: Rotary Chicagoland Peace Summit. Jerry Parker, Peace Activist (from heart to world body)

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