CHICAGO (CBS) — Faith leaders across the city took a stand Saturday against the violence in Chicago.
They held a prayer walk through the West Garfield Park community.READ MORE: 7 People Shot After Argument At Englewood Gathering
The group’s motto is “dollars up and deaths down.” Their aim is to stimulate economic activity in some of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods – which have recently seen an increase in crime.READ MORE: Massive Chemical Plant Fire In Rockton, Illinois, Could Burn For Days
The same communities have also been affected disproportionately by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re believing God for an economic revitalization of our city and all of its corridors, and we’re believing for that grip of violence to be broken over our communities,” said Pastor Michael Eaddy of the People’s Church of the Harvest Church of God in Christ.MORE NEWS: Indiana Man Searches For Family Of Little Girl Seen In Film That Dates Back More Than 80 Years
Similar marches were held Saturday in the business districts of 17 other communities, including Englewood, Hyde Park, Edgewater, and South Shore.