In Chicago, pastor mobilizes to end violence

In Chicago, where gun violence is a real scourge in some parts of the city, Pastor Corey Brooks has been camping on the streets since November 20 to raise awareness about the issues of violence and poverty. Thanks to his action, he hopes to collect 35 million dollars to build a social and cultural center and to change things. 

Over the past twenty years, the city of Chicago in the United States has experienced a wave of violence. In September 2016, Forbes reported that there were more Americans killed between 2001 and 2016 in Chicago than there were in the combined military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the face of this spiral of violence, Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church is mobilizing to make a difference.

Since last November 20 with other people, he has been camping in the street to raise awareness of the poverty and violence that reign in the south of the city. An action he intends to carry out for 100 days.

“Being outside in the cold, making this sacrifice over a long period of time, attracts attention,” he said.


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Its goal ? Raise $ 35 million through your organization Project HOOD to construct a building that will house a social and cultural center, the Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center. A place that will offer a trauma center to support people in difficulty, programs dedicated to adolescents, sports facilities including a swimming pool, and classrooms.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Corey Brooks said police and government action would not be enough to end the violence. He believes that disadvantaged neighborhoods need to have resources and a place to keep children and adults out of poverty.

CBN News reports that the extremely motivated pastor told WGN Radio: “We are going to hold on. We will try to be as patient as possible. We will be here every day until the end. I pray every day that someone will care and find motivation in their heart to come to our aid. "

“It would be a huge blessing for our community,” he concluded.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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