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Back Of The Yards Neighbors To Camp Out On ‘Hot Blocks’ To Protest Gun Violence

Increase The Peace, a youth-led initiative, will host peace campouts across the South Side this summer.

The camp out aims to unite the neighborhood against violence.
[Mauricio Peña/Block Club Chicago]

BACK OF THE YARDS — In a push to curb shootings in their neighborhood, youth leaders will camp out overnight on blocks plagued by gun violence beginning this Friday in Back of the Yards.

For 12 hours, starting at 5 p.m., young people will take over the area around Casa Hidalgo, 4600 S. Wood St., calling for peace.

The initiative, dubbed #IncreaseThePeace, is a youth-led peace action on the city’s South and West Sides this summer. Organized by Pilsen-based nonprofit The Resurrection Project, the campouts take over “hot blocks” to unite the neighborhood in a stand against violence.

The event will feature a peace march, free food, music, bonfires, nonviolence training and workshops.

The Back of the Yards campout will be followed by block takeovers in Little Village, Brighton Park, Pilsen, Englewood and Gage Park/Chicago Lawn later this summer.

This marks the second summer of overnight campouts for the peace group. Since October 2016, the youth-led initiative has expanded to seven chapters in Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Little Village, and Pilsen.

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#IncreaseThePeace Campouts:

  • Friday July 6, from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., Casa Hidalgo, 4600 S. Wood St. in Back of the Yards
  • Friday, July 13, from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., True Value Boys & Girls Club, 2950 W. 25th St. in Little Village
  • Friday, July 20, from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy, 4420 S. Sacramento Ave. in Brighton Park 
  • Friday, Aug. 10, from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St. in Pilsen 

Peace Action Events:

  • Friday, July 27, from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., in Gage Park/Chicago Lawn (location to be determined) 
  • Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m.-5 a.m., in Englewood (location to be determined 
Pilsen neighbors camp out on a “hot block” in 2016.