South Side Protesters Want An End To Gun Violence And Systemic Racism

By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Gun violence has made this a deadly summer in some neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side. Two separate Saturday rallies with widely differing messages about how to end the violence took to the streets to demand an end to systemic racism and ask those responsible for the violence to put away the guns. 

One group of protesters, organized by Revolution Club of Chicago, held a rally and march that began at Sherman Park in Englewood and then walked the neighborhood, chanting, "We are making revolution" and stopping at memorials of gun violence victims along the way.  

Protest organizer Niko Eastwind, said the only way to end street gun violence is by completely changing the government and ending systemic racism that disproportionately affects black inner-city youth.

"To get to that world we need to make acts of revolution," Eastwind said. "The youth who are caught up in all this stuff right now... they were not born this way, how come you have these beautiful children and when they grow up they become irredeemable monsters? The system got them caught up in all these horrific conditions."

At the same time, there was another march at 64th and King in West Woodlawn led by families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. The Love March to Combat Gun Violence, organized by Good Kids Mad City, appealed to those responsible for the shootings to stop the violence. 

They also called for more community programs as alternative resources for youth gangs behind the bloodshed in the hopes that more peace can fill the streets instead of violence.