The need to prevent and mitigate the impact of gun violence in Chicago has never been more urgent.
We know the numbers are staggering, with Chicago experiencing more gun violence and gun-related deaths than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
The human and social costs are perhaps incalculable, incapable of conveying what the numbers really represent: lives lost, hearts broken and futures given up on before they really had a chance to begin.
Strides for Peace recognizes that while the headlines tell the story of rising violence, too often we overlook the assets on the ground working to stop the violence. Dedicated community organizations across Chicago are providing future-focused and life-affirming alternatives to young people every day. We can and must do better to help them.