More than 200 teens from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri attended a teen peace rally on Nov. 7 at the Unitarian Church in Evanston to raise awareness of the ongoing need for peace and justice. Youth at the Unitarian Church said they felt it was important to draw attention to other areas of the world, especially Rwanda, that are still ravaged by violence.
The rally followed a lecture earlier in the day by Dr. Brian Endless of Loyola University, who discussed the work that his organization, Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina, is doing to promote peace and to support the process of truth and reconciliation in Rwanda.
“A peace rally is a great way to empower the youth,” said Diana Bellafiore, one of the youth organizers of the rally. “It really enables us to be involved in the solution, and do our part as Americans by making a strong statement as part of the democratic process,” she added.