Pfleger Leads Anti-Violence March Near St. Sabina

CHICAGO (CBS) — In the face of a murder a few blocks away from his church, Rev. Michael Pfleger took some bold steps Sunday, and so did several dozen of the faithful from St. Sabina Parish.

As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, Pfleger and several members of his church marched through the Gresham neighborhood, with a very vocal demand to end the violence.

Led by the often unconventional Pfleger, the men of St. Sabina marched through the violence-plagued Gresham community on Sunday, calling out gangs by name.

“Our children are dying every day,” Joseph Saunders said.

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The marchers went car-to-car, and door-to-door, handing out fliers; and encouraging neighbors to break the code of silence, and squeal on gangs. The White Castle parking lot where 22-year-old Quinton Davis was shot and killed last week was one of their stops.

“It has to start somewhere. So, if a flyer is going to let me know that I have to tell someone else to stop shooting and stop killing our kids out here, then, you know, I appreciate this flyer,” Kimberly Brooks said.

Along the way, it wasn’t difficult finding families coming to terms with violence.

Asked if such marches and rallies make a difference, Farkhanda Muhammad said, “I pray that it does, because I have a 6-year-old. So, every day we’re coming home and she hears sirens; and she’s scared. She’s like, ‘Mommy, somebody’s hurt.’”

“My mom won’t let me out of the house unless somebody is watching me,” neighbor Tiffany Greshem said.

The prelude to Sunday’s march was Pfleger’s Sunday mass, where he embraced victims of violence, and issued a call he’s made before.

“We have congressmen and senators that will not do something about easy access to guns, because it’s black and brown children being killed in this country; and nobody gives a damn about our children,” Pfleger said.

Amidst the sermons and the march, Pfleger also addressed criticisms he’s received online over his firebrand style, which has defined him and his causes for years.

“Some people that emailed me and sent back on Facebook negatively and said I’m a heresy and I’m not a good catholic priest and all of this; to Hell with you,” Pfleger said.

Pleger’s role is with the Catholic Church changing in the coming months. By summer he will share pastoring duties at St. Sabina, as he also becomes the Chicago Archdiocese’s representative for newly-developing anti-violence initiatives. They will include a particular focus on issues surrounding gun violence.

He also has been named the temporary administrator of St. Margaret of Scotland parish, 9849 S. Throop St., where Rev. Daniel Mallette survived a brutal attack by two robbers last December.

A new pastor will be named to St. Margaret of Scotland on July 1, and Mallette will remain as pastor emeritus.

  • Centurion

    it has to start somewhere? Uh, How many of these idiotic anti violence marches has this moron PHLEMER participated in? Cop shot over the weekend..Man and Teen charted…5 dead, 20 wounded, that we know about….so..hows that anti violence march working out for ya Pfleger?

  • Army Vet,VN

    Keep marching Playger,jackson and others,hopefully all of you will march your selves off a tall building it would do us all some good..

    • lyndia

      That is not going to happen.

  • tony

    Maybe its the 25 percent of the CPS students that the mayor said that will never amount to anything.Well if thats the case we have another 24999 kids to go before the mayor will address this matter

  • Just Axin

    If this POS really cared, he’d march when the sun goes down and get in the way of drug dealers, punks hanging out, etc. Of course, the cameras wouldn’t be there, so of course, no Father F-ckhead either.

  • Centurion

    Pfleger does out with the dark…but not after dark!

  • THEE Yard Ape

    As I always say – FUK Pfleger!!!!!!

    • lyndia

      Mindless person in a nothing body.

      • THEE Yard Ape

        Worthless skank negress. Hey blue-gum-baby, perhaps you should go fuk pfleger and save him the trouble of “beating the bishop”.

    • Leroy Goldberg

      So eloquently said.

  • bill

    Great to see all the mentally challenged posting on here and showing just how small minded they are. Remember, that ignorance proceeds bigotry. And all of you have shown how ignorant you are. Must truly be a joy to be you…

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @Bill – isn’t it great to see this racist POS pfleger bringing out the best in everybody?? For the record, take your liberal negro sympathizing views and go and fuk yourself!!

      • Robin.

        @ lyndia,well said,how conveniently they forget.

    • gee-man

      Hey moron Instead of complaining about the penmanship listen to what is being said. Father Flakey is full of himself and that stinky stuff. Like someone posted earlier, why don’t he march in front of the drug dealers when it’s dark outside ?? NO CAMERAS TO SHOW CASE HIS ACTING THAT’S WHY. Why is it always bigotry when a white person defends his race but it’s called pride when the blacks do the same ?? Why is a white person called a racist when attacking a black but the black person attacking the white is labeled as misunderstood or entitled ???

      • lyndia

        It is not like that and you know it gee-man. Whites have attacked and killed Blacks sine this country was started. Now when a Black attacks a white, you people cry foul.

      • Jim

        @lindia, So what you are saying is the negro was mistreated decades ago, so therefore, they are entitled to a little payback? You are one sick twisted individual!!!

    • Bow Before Me

      Actually, I think the word you’re looking for is “precedes.”

      • lyndia

        Are you an English teacher?
        Everybody knows what he means.

  • Bow Before Me

    Phlegmer needs to take a long walk off a short pier. Please.

  • CFLC

    The problem is much deeper than superficial marches. I think everyone is tired of seeing the marches on TV with no solutions to the problem. Frustration all around.

  • comeonnow

    the marches show people care. Really sad he isnt marching in my neighborhood. so need it…..

  • lyndia

    I jus dont like when dem marches on my street corners and be messin wit my bidness.

  • retiredinAz1

    He is such an idiot! He preaches his sermons by screaming as if he is a black minister…..he is a laughing stock of the church and if there were no cameras, like jesse, h would not be out in public……and then he is marching down the street with a bullhorn….Come on padre’, go and do that at 9pm so you can really make an impact!! ha-ha-ha-ha


    He is doing the best he can , I give him credit for trying something needs to be done in these violent neighborhoods, what are you doing about it ? He is a brave man, so stop criticiisizing him…

    • Jim

      All of the negros that are commiting the violent crimes, have freinds and family members who know about their vicious acts. The problem is, they refuse to do the right thing and turn in the information to law enforcement.

    • g-man

      What needs to be done is the women stop having 10 kids by 10 different men and just MAYBE GET A JOB !!!! Oh wait–I forgot about entitlement. The white man has to give the blacks free everything from cradle to grave. And you ask what am I doing about it !!!! That’s easy I have a job that supports all the baby momma drama in the ghetto, thats what I’m doing about it. Just think now if Toiletta ever gets a job !!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @g-man – Just wanted to thank you for fighting the WHITE fight. I’ve been busy working and haven’t had time to chime in much today. It’s good to see that you have this covered!!!

      • g-man

        YOO-HOO___CINDY LOO—– They have the SAME garbage collection as the rest of the city…Once a week,,, The difference is most humans put the garbage IN the garbage can and don’t throw it on the ground cause the government will come by later and pick it up … And no I don’t live in a suburb, I live in a part of the city where the people throw garbage IN the garbage can not everywhere but the garbage can. And if you look back at everywhere a ghetto is and go back about 20 to 30 to 40 years ago that area was NOT a ghetto because the people took care of the area and worked to keep it clean not destroy it. But once the “demographics” change –well–

      • CINDY LOU

        That’s not true, certain areas of the city only get garbage collection like once a month , due to city cutbacks , these people are being held down by the government and are being singled out because they are poor..

      • CINDY LOU

        Why does everything have to be White and Black , these people do not like the situation they are in and would love to live in a nice suburban home. they are victims of society . Try to understand…l

      • Jim

        @CINDY, HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa, victims of society? HaHaHaHaHaHa, hilarious! Maybe it’s a socio-economic problem? Yeah right! All I understand is the gangster mentality. The adreneline rush from beating someone to death. The rush of robbing several hundred dollars when the shmucks of society are out there bustin their ass for it. Yeah, I understand the whole concept!

      • CINDY LOU

        you should try living in that area , fighting to survive everyday , you would see how it is first hand . If your not part of the solution you are oart of the problem. So go back to your nice suburban home , with your fat ugly wife and lock your doors and put your blinders on and have another drink..

      • g-man

        What a cop out “victim of society” hahahahahaaaa If I did live in that area I would be the only one who had a job and actually knew what the garbage can is used for. Ever notice how the ghetto always has the wrappers from everything they eat on the ground ! guess that is socities fault they never use the garbage can right !!!

      • CINDY LOU

        They do the best they can with what they got , they can’t help it if they don’t have the same garbage collection facilities that you do. why do you think you are so much better , i see papers on the ground in nice white suburban communities as well.. Yes victim of society is right ..

  • Marchs accomplish NOTHING.

    There is nothing more worthless than a symbolic gesture,and that’s all these “marchs” are. The Blacks need to undertake a MAJOR change in attitude toward education for them selves (have you EVER visited a ghetto school? I have…they’re MADHOUSES!! NO DISCIPLINE AT ALL!) a major change in work ethics (maybe if you got an education and learned to SPEAK ENGLISH CORRECTLY AND LEARN SOME MANNERS AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS) you,d get HIRED and treated with the RESPECT you feel you’re entitled to but right now don’t deserve AND get rid of your STUPID self-genocide culture. The NEo-Nazis and RACISTS are LAUGHING at your STUPIDITY!!! By killind each other you’re doing what THEY want you to do!1 HAVE YOU EVER EVEN THOUGHT ONCE ABOUT THAT,BLACK PEOPLE?????

    • Bill

      Without the negro, we wouldn’t have the negro lottery. Keep up the good work fellas!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @Bill – thnx anyways!!!! Hopefully these shines will have better aim soon, and we can all be “stylin’ those kicks”!! LOL !!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @Bill – you are correct sir!!! Did you hit the jack pot?? If so please buy me and fellow comrade Leroy some nikes!!! LOL !!!

      • Bill

        I’m still saving for the new space themed Nikes. Haven’t got enough yet!

  • Marchs accomplish NOTHING.

    P.S. Learning the difference between RED AND GREEN when you’re crossing the street AND learning what A SIDEWALK IS FOR would be a big help also!!!!

  • Maurice Hickenbottom

    Oh, I know there will be peace someday. We just need to get there one NE@RO at a time.

    • Debra Washington

      Making the world a better place…ONE NEGRO AT A TIME!

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