AUBURN GRESHAM — The school year ends for more than 400,000 Chicago Public Schools students Friday, the same day St. Sabina Church has organized a South Side peace march.
The 7 p.m. march will begin at St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place, and the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of the church, said the first 500 people to arrive will receive a peace march T-shirt.
"The warm temperatures seem to bring out the worst in some people," he said. "Summertime means we are even more at war with gangs, and we need soldiers in our community during a time of war."
The goal of the march, said Pfleger, is to encourage people, especially youths, to start the summer season with a calm and peaceful mindset.
"We invite people throughout Chicago to stand up and declare their commitment to occupy our streets this summer to bring about peace," Pfleger said. "Peace in our streets is what we want."
In 2013 Pfleger sponsored an end-of-the-year peace march and said the summertime is the most challenging time of the year for young people.
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