West Side Residents March For Trayvon, Other Violence Victims

CHICAGO (CBS) — The pastor of a West Side church says 57 young lives have been lost to gun violence in Chicago since the beginning of the school year, so he’s calling on his congregation to show their outrage over the loss of innocent lives, including Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports hundreds of people responded to the call and poured out of Greater St. John Bible Church in the Austin neighborhood to march for justice for Trayvon Martin and other victims of gun violence.

They were led by Rev. Ira Acree, who donned a hoodie in solidarity with those who have been protesting the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in Sanford, Fla. in February.

Acree also joined those who have called for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin. Zimmerman has claimed he was acting in self-defense.

The group also marched for peace on Chicago’s streets, chanting “stop the violence, save the children.”

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One of those leading the way was Willie Williams Jr. It was six years ago Sunday that his son and namesake was shot down outside a theater. It took the 17-year-old more than half a day to die.

“For fourteen hours, I had to watch my son. He was in a lot of pain. You know, I wish that on no one. Right now, I’m out here to fight for other parents,” he said.

Among the parents marching Sunday was Rickeeta Russell, who marched with her two young children. Three-year-old Takyla carried a sign her mom wrote that asked whether her daughter would live to see her next birthday.

She said she’s truly worried about her children’s lives, “because it’s crimes out here.”

Lawmakers and activists said the gang-fueled violence that sent nine more people to hospitals overnight can be stopped, but first they say families in crime ravaged neighborhoods have to look within.

Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) said, “It starts at home. Gang members come from houses. They don’t just appear out on the street.”

Acree said it’s hypocritical to call for justice for Trayvon Martin, while all too often people in Chicago harbor criminals in their own homes because they are friends or relatives.

“They’re talking about, ‘We don’t want to snitch.’ You better snitch, or the next life lost could be someone in your own household,” Acree said.

Dawud Lawson said lost lives are often an outgrowth of lost jobs and economic desperation.

“The reason people gang bang is because of economics. They need money,” he said.

Acree called upon state lawmakers to create 2,000 summer jobs for at-risk youth on Chicago’s West Side, to help keep them off the streets.

  • G-Lep


    • Trayvon THEE Lawn Jockey

      Don’t be forgettin’ my skittles mofo!!!! And remember I only wants WHITE chocolate bunnies!!!

      • G-Lep

        You din’t git me NUFFIN for Christmas last year… F you!!

      • Trayvon THEE Lawn Jockey

        @G-Lep – such animosity!!!!

  • G-Lep

    Aww, Super-Nintendo wasn’t there. He must be “busy” today.

  • tom sharp

    Good for Alderman Graham. While they’re marching they should just read the CBS blogs listed today about all the shootings and and other violent attacks. None of them were done by Zimmerman and at least 95% of them weren’t done by any other white person. And how about a job for my daughter and other white kids too, she isn’t mugging or shooting anyone while she has been out of work for years!

  • Sharon Jagodzinski

    I’ll continue to pray for all os us

  • Chicago's own

    Peace to all.

  • Tom

    Why was a Chicago Police Command Officer at this event?

  • Tom

    Let me be more specific. Why was a Chicago P.D. command officer IN UNIFORM at this event?

    • Just Axin

      Tom- CPD had to be there because when there is a large showing of blacks protesting, CPD brass must show up to show “unity”. Not to mention, the new commander of that area (that short, fat, black chick who has been promoted based on merit) was just appointed and it wouldn’t have looked very good if she finna be absent.

      • LYNDIA

        How ever she got there, are you a commander, if you are on the pd.?

      • If Trayvon be here, he'd be Just Axin

        Lyndia- It doesn’t sound like you embrace the idea of a person earning what they have in life….?

  • thor

    Their all lucky the Marchers didn’t get shot. not a smart thing to do, oh thats right,
    they were moving to fast so that they could get off the streets as fast as their feets could take them

  • WetNurse

    I’m thinking now that the Rev. Jesse and his ilk now have to hide in their pastures for a bit until their racist witch hunt dies down, before popping back in for a cameo appearance here in the everyday world.

    I’m sure that the NATO meetings are going to be ripe for an easy headline on Jesse’s end.

  • John

    Another march against gun violence. I have forgotten how many this makes. And the violence continues. And it will continue until parents actually start to parent. You continually hear about kids being shot standing outside after midnight. Why are minors out after midnight. WHERE ARE THE PARENTS !!!!!!!
    This does not include all there are incidents that happen during the day. But the most frequent instances are at night when minors should be at home. Single parent homes are no excuse. I cam from a single parent home and none of my brothers or sisters got into trouble. Because we were raised by a parent.

    • Civilized

      Dude, get out of here! You make too much sense. CBS should have censored your comment like they usually censor every other comment that makes sense.

  • Indifferent

    Let them march till the souls of their shoes wear out. Till they as a community and as a people stop blaming everyone else for their problems and start working to break the pattern of bad behavior, they’ll just continue killing each other. It is what it is.

    • Mr. Justice

      Great comment!

  • Indifferent

    “Soles”, not souls.

  • Army Vet,VN

    Then post the god darned things.

  • Army Vet,VN

    Whos at faulth here its spelled blacks!

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  • shannon

    they were marching right in front of my church.

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  • G-Lep

    Hmm… I wonder if Edison Park is gonna have a “March for Serving-Plattervon”.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/04/02/religious-leaders-to-march-against-youth-violence/ Religious Leaders To March Against Youth Violence « CBS Chicago

    […] On Sunday, hundreds of people marched out of Greater St. John Bible Church, at 1256 N. Waller Ave. i… They marched in solidarity for justice for Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who claims self-defense. […]

  • Reb Biker

    It’s hard to miss the irony that the people marching are the SOLE cause of the problem, and the ONLY ones that can fix the problem. Until they start raising their children to act like human beings, nothing will change.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    They kill, they march… too bad they don’t work.

    • gee-man

      hahahahahahahaaha good one

    • If Trayvon be here, he'd be Just Axin

      If they’d only redirect all their energy from running from police, scamming the system, driving to get their hair done, all the unprotected sex, etc. they’d be model citizens….we’ll maybe not that.

      • Trayvon THEE Lawn Jockey

        LOL !!!

  • Spookiest spook

    I think the 3 member black panther party should put a bounty out on anyone caught shooting in Englewood. Make it more rewarding for the hoodies.

    • Just Axin

      Good idea. I’ll even throw in free skittles.

  • Debra Washington

    Why don’t they all just march straight on to H E L L

  • solid citizen

    A good day for a walk I guess
    Did Trayvon actually pay for the Skittles? .. what does the convenience store security camera show? If he actually paid for the merchandise, it would be a good example for the flash mobs that periodically descend on small businesses

    Quo warranto, B.O.?

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