The Rev. Marcenia Richards, pastor of the Life Center and executive director of Fierce Women of Faith, calls for more community and political action to reduce gun violence in Chicago and the suburbs at a rally Sunday on the South Side.
After 18-year-old Fearro Denard was gunned down last May, hundreds of people packed his funeral — but so far no one has told Chicago Police who killed the teen, his sister recalled Sunday.
“We have to stop being afraid,” Brenda Smith said, speaking of her slain half-brother at an anti-violence rally at the Lowden Homes in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood.
Smith gathered with dozens of other women and children — most wearing fuchsia shirts or scarfs — to launch a new effort to fight gun violence in the city and suburbs.
Declaring a state of emergency because of the ongoing shootings, the group — Fierce Women of Faith — unveiled a faith-based effort that will rely on a mix of community outreach and political activism.
“We will take back our community,” said the Rev. Marcenia Richards, executive director of the group, which organized a short march from Trinity United Church of Christ to a playground rally at the nearby Lowden Homes on 95th Street.
During the gathering, five white body bags were laid on a podium to represent those slain. Some at the rally wore toe tags used by authorities to identify the dead. . . continue reading>>
On July 28th, on the basketball courts of Lowden Homes, women of faith and their communities came together to declare a state of emergency in the city of Chicago.
Several months ago, a small group of women began forming the Fierce Women of Faith to respond to the crisis of violence in Chicago. The group is multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith and seeks to bring together women of faith (and their communities) from the suburbs and across the city to take action in a strategic and united way. . . continue reading>>
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