Is the community outcry against violence working in Chicago? - New York News

Is the community outcry against violence working in Chicago?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon police say there were no reported shootings in Chicago. The revelation comes on the heels of a week filled with community action against violence - so is it working?

“The message is definitely getting out. It's sad to know that I won't see some of my classmates next summer, next school year due to the violence in Chicago,” said Razia Hutchins, creator of the “I Am for Peace” documentary.

Hutchins, 17, lives in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. She is a junior at Perspectives Charter School.

“The I Am for Peace documentary is just us, the PCS students, documenting what we can do for change,” said Hutchins in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.

The short film shows student testimonials about how violence has impacted their lives and how they can promote peace joining a city wide movement to curb crime and killing.

A push that includes Saturday's block party promoting peace at Nelson's Mini Mart in Woodlawn.

“We want to get everybody involved so we can have a peaceful summer,” said Courtney Nelson, Co-Owner of Nelson’s Mini Mart.

And Friday night's Put The Guns Down rally hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“Every child that's out tonight is seeing that the city is standing shoulder to shoulder with them ensuring that they have a childhood free of gun violence,” said Emanuel.

And Pastor Corey Brooks' #BrothersOnTheBlock movement and #GoodInEnglewood advocate Rashanah Baldwin's door to door peace campaign Friday afternoon.

Hutchins wanted to do something about the violence in her neighborhood.

“Even if they are just one voice, that one voice can be so powerful and touch so many lives,” said Hutchins.

And in many cases, save lives.

FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis reports two former producers of the Oprah Winfrey Show are helping produce Hutchins’ I Am for Peace documentary, which has 16 days left to raise $35,000 needed to complete the documentary.

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