Clergy and residents from the Austin community gathered at the corner of Race and Central for a community Anti-Violence rally on Thursday.
The rally was a response to an area shooting that happened on Monday, April 7 at 11 a.m. Three men survived injuries to the stomach, leg and buttocks, respectively. No one died in Monday’s shooting.
On the day of the rally Pastor Cleophus Lee of the Original Providence Baptist Church said, “Today we hope to send out a clarion call for a revolution in the Austin community, letting it be known that we are going to put in the work to restore our community to a place of health.”
“It is time for us as the church and community as a whole to stand together. I call upon all men to stand up, protect, and serve our community, as God intended,” said Reverend Robbie Wilkerson of the Austin Dream Makers Mentoring Program.
Reverend Ira Acree of the Greater St. John Bible Church called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn to help Austin in its aim to stop gun violence.
“I applaud the Pastors for coming beyond their walls, but truthfully, not only do we need religion for our fight against violence, we also need resources for job opportunities. I call upon Mayor Emanuel and the Governor of our state to help us,” Acree said. “That’s the most immediate way we can stem this vicious tide of violence.”