This weekend, RushCard headed over to Chicago to participate in the Peace Walk and to support members of the community in making a loud statement about nonviolence. Chicago artist and activist FM Supreme and the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement (CIYPM) led the efforts, alongside NBA star Joakim Noah.
Chicago International Youth Peace Movement
We were more than happy to support CIYPM as part of our summer Keep the Peace initiative. This weekend’s Peace Walk was a perfect extension of CIYPM’s work, which focuses on helping young adult Peace Builders develop the skills necessary to create a culture of peace. CIYPM trains Peace Builders in nonviolence leadership, by teaching them to look at the causes of violence in the Chicago area, understand the symptoms and effects of violence, and explore alternatives to confronting violence. CIYPM is doing a fantastic job of sharing their knowledge with members of the community in an effort to bring peace to their streets.
The walk kicked off at George’s Music Room on Chicago’s West Side, the iconic storefront owned by music pioneer George Daniels. George and his family built the store in the late 1960s, and at its prime, it hosted the biggest names in music — including Kanye West, Common, and Da Brat. George’s has been recognized as more than just selling music. In addition to hosting back to school events and Christmas toy drives, it has been a mainstay in the West Side community since its inception.
Up next: Russell was with us in Los Angeles as we announced our next Keep the Peace grantee. Check back here for more on that event!
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