At Harold Washington Park, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR PEACE!
South Hyde Park Boulevard, and East 53rd Street
Chicago Illinois at 3:30 pm to 8 pm… This is the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton who was senseless murdered in 2013.
My mission and ministry is never to posted up to being one thing and living another. I don’t care about being popular in the media or the limelight in social and the community activists today. It is my stand for the truth and my voice that they hear and that they respect. I can’t afford to lose sight of my prophetic mantle and mission in “social justice”. I will tell you “straight up” that many lose their focus trying to be more popular than this one. The blood of my people cries from the streets for justice. I don’t care about the community shenanigans!
I have lost too many of my people to gun violence right here in the United States and not to mentioned I have loss of family members here in Chicago. The uncertainties you feel about life and how could this happen.
You might feel all the stages of grief but the number of lives in my family member but nothing could compare with the males being murder by guns are just staggering. My nervousness as a child because of being around when a drive by occurred.
Yet, Crimes of my family members were still unsolved and I was a little disappointed how some of my family members never got involved and “quit” in the heat of the battle. I stayed around always advocating alone for change. I think what startles me more than anything …that I come from a very large family on both sides. I am to my knowledge the “ONLY ONE” even my family who are in politics, pastors and some affluent positions in Chicago and otherwise. Never have stepped out of their worlds to see about mines and for that matter anyone else!
I am not shaming them but it is so embarrassing to have to share that I am the only one still standing for better in our communities… standing for the sheer selfishness of not wanting to deal with how their voices could make some differences in people’s live
I had been left with a lot of scars because of my personal experiences of gun violence and being at my grandparents house at a young age during a drive by. Her home being riddled with bullets in a nice neighborhood at that time. After moving from Chicago because then of the recruitment of her sons to be in gangs, into a place she had little history about the owner. My uncles were then hunted by constant harassment even in suburbia about being apart of their organizations. It was a nightmare!
Almost a death trap if I could say that! Numerous issues followed because the house was huge and beautiful but full of secrets. A well-known gang and drug dealer owned the home. I remember how “terrified” I was when bullets sprayed their home… I was almost shot and killed by those bullets. I had a lot issues after that…never feeling safe and never being protected.
Can you imagine the emotions of others who have been through much worse than myself?
I ask that you join us on next Tuesday, June 2 from 3:30 to 8 pm… WEAR ORANGE FOR PEACE!