Gun Violence: Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III move into Chicago to end Madness

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Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III are not just talking the talk, they are walking the walk.  Following in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr.  the civil rights leaders plan to make West Side Chicago their home for three months to raise awareness and fight against gun violence that is terrorizing the city.  Special shout out to them for taking action.

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By Wendell Hutson

The West Side is getting two new, high-profile residents later this month: the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. and Martin Luther King III, civil rights leaders coming here temporarily to put a spotlight on the city’s gun violence.
ing III, the slain civil rights leader’s eldest son, is a community activist and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Sharpton will rent an apartment on the West Side and commute from New York once a week for two to three months, according to Rachel Noerdlinger, a spokeswoman for the Baptist minister.

“He’s staying on the West Side so he can talk to people and show that people should not be afraid to stand together to fight gun violence,” Noerdlinger said. “Rev. Sharpton plans to be in Chicago Oct. 20, and he will hold a news conference on that day to talk more about his presence there.”

For security reasons the neighborhood where he will be staying is not being released, said Maureen Forte, president of the Chicago chapter of the National Action Network, a nonprofit organization Sharpton founded in 1991.

Chicago Police Department officials said it is open to working with Sharpton on reducing gun violence.

“While crime is down this year, there’s more work to be done, and we welcome Rev. Sharpton and anyone else who will partner with us and help elevate the conversation around the need for sensible laws that keep illegal guns out of our communities and out of the hands of criminals,” said Adam Collins, a spokesman for Chicago Police. “Our officers partner closely with ministers, block clubs, community leaders and residents every day through the CAPS program and through a return to community policing.”

Sharpton, 59, will work closely with the Rev. Ira Acree, pastor of Greater St. John Bible Church, and the the Rev. Marshall Hatch Sr., pastor of New Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church both in the Austin neighborhood, said Forte.

Gun violence is a problem the West Side knows too well, and Sharpton coming to town is a plus for the community, said Tio Hardiman, former director of CeaseFire Illinois. Read More


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