The Chicago Peace Campaign is a multi-community effort that will organize at minimum 10 churches and faith-based organizations to establish peace in the areas of the city that have been most impacted by violence.
The Chicago Peace Campaign is not an anti-violence effort. It is a peace effort. The Chicago Peace Campaign was launched in March of 2009 as an effort to organize Churches in Chicago and empower them to engage in peacemaking activities throughout the city. Our primary goal is to make an impact in neighborhoods around the city that had been rocked by violence which claim more and more lives every year.
That summer 6 churches in 3 neighborhoods (Englewood, Lawndale and Woodlawn) organized Peace Campaign efforts. In the areas where Peace Campaign activities were organized, there was a precipitous drop in violent crime (as much as 25%). Since that time, other groups have effectively implemented “peacemaking” as an anti-violence strategy.
We occupy the corners of some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago during the most dangerous times with physical lights & spiritual lights (people). During that time we pray, have communion and Make Peace Happen!