(CBS) — Hundreds of people took part in Chicago’s fourth annual Race Against Gun Violence.
The 5 k walk and run was not just a statement. Proceeds go to a number of the social service agencies that are increasingly squeezed by the state’s budget crisis.READ MORE: First Case Of Brazil Variant Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Illinois
Former U.S. Education Secretary and Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan ran, saying it was fun with a mission.READ MORE: Feds Seize 65,000 Counterfeit N95 Masks At O'Hare International Airport
“What we’re doing in our communities for children is not fair,” Duncan said. “They’ve living with a level of fear and trauma that is unacceptable.”
The Rev. Michael Pfleger walked, and said one weekend in which violent crime dropped is not enough.MORE NEWS: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400?
He said that the city cannot put 1,300 additional police officers on the street every weekend. He said out-of-the-box thinking is needed and adds any solution must include jobs, housing, education and opportunity.