Hundreds of Chicago students are marching this morning to dramatize the city’s ongoing gang violence problem.
A student-led “I Am for Peace” march steps off from Perspectives Charter School at 2200 S. State St. at 9:30 a.m., and winds through Chinatown to another Perspective Charter School at 3600 S. Wabash.
Among those joining the students are Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, former Depaul Blue Demon and Detroit Piston Mark Aguirre, and Rev. James Meeks.
Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel, Governor Quinn and Congressman Bobby Rush joined local community leaders at a political summit on the violence problem. They agree that improving the city’s economy, and giving young people more employment opportunities, would go a long way toward combating the one of the root causes of gang violence.