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Seventh Annual Vigil Against Violence

October 16 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Free

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Hosts 7th Annual Citywide Vigil Against Violence on Sunday, October 16th

CHICAGO — The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III will lead an impressive array of speakers and performers at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church’s Seventh Annual Vigil Against Violence from 4-6 pm, Sunday, October 16, at 600 West Fullerton Parkway.

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ Chicago will be joined by Erica Nanton, community organizer with the Faith Community of St. Sabina; Marvin Slaughter, Jr., reparations researcher; LaCreshia Birts, co-founder of the Black Remembrance Project; Kevin Brown, co-founder of Evanston Against Racist Reparations; and the host for the event, the Rev. Dr. Beth Brown, Pastor of Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church.

“The purpose of the vigil is to bring people together from all over Chicago to remember the youth victims of gun violence in the past year and to engage in conversation and action around the systemic injustice that ultimately leads to gun violence,” Brown said.

“Everyone who attends this year will be invited to deeper awareness of how wealth theft, from enslaving people to redlining and contract buying, has led to violence in our communities, to commit to learning how federal reparations can lead to flourishing, and to experience what it’s like when we all come together to envision healing through reparations” said Brown. “If you have lost a child or young person in a shooting this year or in any year, we invite you to come and join in the healing and bring a framed picture of the one or ones who have died.”

All of the youth victims of gun violence in the past year in Chicago will be pictured with their names, ages and neighborhoods outside the church. Everyone who attends is invited to “Say Their Names and Pray Their Names.” People are invited to arrive at 3:30 pm to participate in the outdoor visual display. “We can’t change the past, but we can change the present and the future together,” Brown added. “We are excited to partner with Trinity United Church of Christ, The Community Renewal Society, The Black Remembrance Project, and Evanston Against Racist Reparations for this year’s Vigil. We can do so much more together than we can alone.”

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to reserve a space. Please go to lppchurch.org to register. Masks will be required during the event. We are encouraging people to come in-person, there is also a livestream option at this link: https://youtu.be/BwGWPxopUbM

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Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
600 W Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, 60614 United States
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