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Come enjoy Salaam Day-Peace Day in South Shore, Saturday, July 26!

By News | Last updated: Jul 25, 2014 - 10:32:22 AM

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CHICAGO - Come out and enjoy Salaam Day-Peace Day in South Shore on Saturday, July 26, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in Woodhull Park, located at 73rd St. and East End. This free community day will include food, music, fun, sports, games, storytelling and youth performances. The goal is to build a sense of community, reclaim public space for positive and healthy activity and to showcase the skills and talents of young people.

Salaam Day-Peace Day in South Shore is part of the State of Emergency initiative, which seeks to organize and unite community residents and seek long term solutions to the problem of violence, develop young people, promote peace and activate its theme “Live In Peace.” Entertainment will include music and performances from youth with Ray of Hope Center of the Arts, other acts, storytelling by renowned griot Momma Edie Armstrong and more. Some health screenings will be available and even free ice cream!

“Our goal is to offer positive alternatives and opportunities for youth, develop youth leaders and to begin effective organizing on issues that are important to the community. We also want Come enjoy Salaam Day-Peace Day in South Shore, Saturday, July 26! to highlight, strengthen and support existing programs that are already doing good things in the neighborhood,” said event organizers.

“We need your support. Any resources that you can provide would be helpful—that might include monetary donations, or donations of pre-packaged snacks, soft drinks, ice or water, tables, chairs, etc. You can also lend a hand by volunteering July 26, or just by coming out to support this positive event. We really need a couple of good face painters for the children— unfortunately we can’t pay anyone to do the work—so we’re looking for artistic types to help us out. We are willing to pay for some face paint. Or you could bring your own,” they added.

The afternoon event is hosted in the park as part of a partnership with the Chicago Park District. For more information, to help, or get involved please call, 773-947-0447 or 312- 480-9775. To join or get more information about State of Emergency and its ongoing work, weekly Thursday meetings are held at 1818 E. 71 St. at 6 p.m. State of Emergency is sponsored by the Movement of People for Peace.