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ETHS students plan anti-violence rally

The Evanston Township High School Student Chapter of the NAACP, along with other students, staff and community members, will hold a rally for peace Tuesday in response to recent shootings and violent deaths of young people in Evanston.

The Evanston Township High School Student Chapter of the NAACP, along with other students, staff and community members, will hold a rally for peace Tuesday in response to recent shootings and violent deaths of young people in Evanston.

The “Stop the Youth Violence” Peace Rally-March will start at 3:45 p.m. on the front lawn of the school at 1600 Dodge Ave. All Evanston community members are invited to participate.

The event will kick off the ETHS Chapter of the NAACP’s “Stop the Violence, Stop the Funerals, Start the Peace, Start the Love” campaign.

This student-led campaign is designed to draw attention to the increase in youth violence and its impact on the Evanston community — both to the youths who are involved in violent acts and to the young people who are caught in the midst of the conflict.

The campaign is designed to give all students in Evanston – from kindergarten to 12th grade – an opportunity to express the impact of violence on their lives by attending community rallies, marches, and documenting their thoughts in writing.

The goal of this campaign is to encourage young people to speak about issues of violence and to talk about ways to foster peace and prevent future events in the Evanston community.

Speakers at the rally will include ETHS students Tim Huff, Amanda Hoseman, Alexis Marquez and Nancy Cárdenas. Several community leaders will also speak, including District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary President Phillip Amerson, the Rev. Joseph Waters of Second Baptist Church, and Cathy Key-Payne of Moms Saving our Sons.

For more information, contact ETHS NAACP student advisor Sharon Weeks at 847-424-7685.

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