With so much uncertainty right now, we wanted to provide an update about the Race Against Gun Violence.
As this public health crisis unfolds, we all have a lot on our minds as we figure out how to go on with our work, our mission and our lives. With so much uncertainty, we think it’s best to take a pause to determine how Strides can be most supportive and helpful to our partners and our city.
We are postponing a final decision on the viability of the Race Against Gun Violence until April 15th. At that time, along with stakeholders and experts — including public officials, RAM Racing and our community partners — we will determine how to safely proceed. This may mean postponing, going virtual or cancelling the event. We will keep you posted along the way.
We are also suspending marketing through March 31st while we all respond to this unfolding public health crisis. Our race registration platform will remain open for those who want to continue to register, organize or donate.
Thank you for your past and continued support of the Race Against Gun Violence and all our community partners. We are grateful for all the ways, big and small, that people continue to #ChooseHope.
You can #ChooseHope by helping us support the most vulnerable Chicagoans – community support is the only way many will weather this enormous uncertainty. 100% of donations will go directly to community organizations supporting our most vulnerable neighbors.
Please visit our Resources page for special COVID-19 relief programs available to individuals and nonprofits
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.