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We’re In This Together

We are in uncertain and unprecedented times. 
We face new and daunting challenges, even as the COVID-19 crisis has put a spotlight on inequities that have long existed. 
We do not know how the future will unfold, but here are some things we do know:

  • Our community partners are doing what they have always done: responding to community needs to provide a bridge to tomorrow. Today they are fighting two public health crises: COVID-19 and gun violence. They are on the frontlines — staving off the harm of poverty intensified by the shutdown and helping to flatten the curve. They need our support.
  • Throughout Chicago, our neighbors are reaching out, helping in ways big and small, each one important to our collective efforts.
  • Now is not the time to come together, but being apart has unleashed a renewed desire for community and a deeper appreciation that we are all in this together.
  • We will get through this and there will be a time to celebrate.

For now, we are postponing our Race Against Gun Violence to September 24, 2020 and are focusing our all our efforts on our COVID-19 Response. To learn more about each, please follow the links below where we will provide regular updates and ways to get involved.

Thank you for being part of building peace. Stay well. Stay strong. And always #ChooseHope.

We created the Race Against Gun Violence (RAGV) to build a new platform to support community organizations, focus on what we share in common and celebrate hope.

RAGV offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to Choose Hope and join others who share the common vision of a Chicago free from the fear of gun violence.

We are making progress, but there is more work to do.

Will you join us?

Thanks to dedicated efforts of community organizations, law enforcement, civic leaders, volunteers, and countless others, gun violence rates in Chicago are on track to decline 12% in 2019 compared to 2018.

Still, our city suffers more gun-related deaths and shootings than New York City and Los Angeles combined. And while overall rates are declining in Chicago, the “homicide gap,” whereby some communities continue to experience levels of gun violence that are on par with some of the most dangerous places in the world, continues to grow.  There is clearly much more work to be done.

Strides for Peace believes that all of Chicagoland has a stake in ending gun violence, and that by working together, we not only change the narrative of our city – we save lives.

Connect. Commit. Contribute. Change.

Be Part of Building Peace.

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