A Day Without Hate/Peace Events

Back to School/ Peace Event  (August 2018):

“We marched to because we are tired of the violence in our communities, we want resources and help to prevent more youth to stay out of gangs and violence.”

-Miriam Castellanos, YLC leader & now college student at Nat’l Lewis University

YLC members partnered with Bessemer Park to hold a Back-to-School/ Peace Event.

Youth led an anti-violence march & rally, facilitated games and sports, held a fundraiser, recruited new members, gave out school supplies, and presented their community mural. Approx. 40 participants in the march. 400 attendees at event.

Goals, identified by YLC members, were to: raise awareness of violence, racism, and police brutality; bring the community together; empower youth; and have fun.

Youth took on leadership roles:

  • During YLC meetings, youth prepared YLC agendas, led welcome & intro., facilitated discussions, & practiced timekeeping.
  • Students developed committees to plan activities during Back-to-School event
  • Students decided the rally’s agenda & how they were getting turnout for the event.
  • 11 students had speaking roles during Back-to-School event
  • Everyone participated in the event itself.

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Back to School/ Peace Event  (August 2017):

YLC members partnered with Bessemer Park and the South Chicago Chamber to hold a Back-to-School/ Peace Event. Over 300 people attended

Goals, identified by YLC leaders: Create a safe space, build community, have fun, and recruit new members.

Youth leaders planned and ran games for the festival to bring the community together. Games included: sack races, egg and spoon race, balloon toss, tug of war, dance contest, and a basketball shooting contest. Leaders broke down the Wall of Hate, where people wrote down experiences they wanted to let go.

YLC members welcoming people and speaking about the YLC and breaking down the Wall of Hate:

 

YLC members who ran the games (left) and vendors/families at Back-to-School/ Peace event- YLC table is 2nd from the front (right):

Games run by YLC members, including, Balloon Toss, Tug-of-War, Dance Contest, and Face Painting:



Flier created by:Christen Butler, ASE YLC member and Bowen High School Student

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Southeast Side Day Without Hate (April 2016):

I want to stop violence. I’ve watched someone get shot, right in front of my face before. My cousin was killed and there are so many more people dying.”

-Latracia, Bowen High School student and YLC member. on why she is participating

 

“Day Without Hate is important to me because violence needs to subside in the city. Everyday people die. Police kill citizens, citizens kill citizens. People need to stop and re-evaluate. A day without violence is important for a healthy community.”

– Camryn, Bowen High School student and YLC member

 

DWOH Leadership Team (pictured above)

Thank you, everyone, who came out to the ASE Youth Leadership Council’s Day Without Hate march and rally against violence and bullying in our neighborhood!

Youth leaders did a great job leading the march and speaking at the rally!

Thank you Juvenile Advisory Council of Cook County and 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza’s office and 2nd District Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s offices for coming and supporting the youth.

Special thanks to our sponsoring organizations:
ASE Youth Leadership Council,
Bowen High School,
De LaSalle Institute,
Immaculate Conception Church, and
St. Michael the Archangel Parish

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Southeast Side Day Without Hate (April 2015):
A march against violence and bullying in our neighborhood!

“I lost my cousin to violence…. He didn’t even get a chance to experience his life all the way and you can’t bring someone back to life after violence has come around. [We] stand together, united to… stop the violence for good for the next generation and the next generation to come.”

-Alceema, 8th grader at James M. Thorp Elementary

 

“Today, we come together to step forward in ending a war in our neighborhoods. Violence shouldn’t be a regular thing we see. We should be looking at our education and goals for our futures.”

-Refugio, a 7th grader at Arnold Mireles Academy and a La Causa Community Committee member

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“I remember when I was around the age of six or seven, and I would wake up and wonder, ‘how long can I stay at the park today.’ Now, I wake up in the morning and wonder, ‘Am I going to make it to my sixteenth birthday?’ ”

-Shanell, 8th grader at James M. Thorp Elementary

Video: http://cantv.org/watch-now/day-without-hate-rally/

Thank you, everyone, who came out to the ASE Youth Leadership Council’s Day Without Hate march and rally against violence and bullying!

Youth leaders did a great job leading the march and speaking at the rally!

Thank you 7th Ward Alderman-elect Gregory Mitchell and 10th Ward Alderman-elect Susan Sadlowski Garza for coming and supporting the youth.

Special thanks to our sponsoring organizations:OLG banner final
ASE Youth Leadership Council,
Beyth-‘el Temple,
Bowen High School,
Epic Academy,
Immaculate Conception Church,
La Causa Community Committee,
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and School, and
Thorp Elementary School

For more photos and coverage: Please see our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AllianceOfTheSoutheast

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Flier created by: High School students Brandy and Breana Wayne, ASE Youth Leadership Council members from the De La Salle Institute

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Day Without Hate event (May 2014):

“There are a lot of deaths in the streets where I live. There have been several shootings in the last few months. I’m concerned about my safety. I’m participating in the march so the violence and bullying can stop and we can make a difference.”

-Esmeralda, Washington High School student & YLC member

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Thank you, everyone, who came out to make our Youth Leadership Council’s first big event, Day Without Hate march and rally against violence and bullying!

Youth leaders did a great job leading the march and speaking at the rally!

Special thanks to:Edgar Muniz speaking with a reporterb
Our sponsoring organizations:
ASE Youth Leadership Council, Bowen High School,
La Causa Community Committee, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and School, 
St. Michael the Archangel, and Thorp Elementary School.

Our guest speakers:
Alderman Natashia Holmes, 7th Ward
Keynote speaker: Min. Ishmael Muhammad, Mosque Maryam and Nation of Islam
Father Benjamin Romero, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Ceasefire, who helped get the word out about this event,
and especially, to everyone who came out to our support youth!

A Day Without Hate

Flier created by: Ana Muniz, ASE Youth Leadership Council member from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

For more photos and coverage: Please see our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AllianceOfTheSoutheast

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