CROSSwalk is an effort to engage people of faith in addressing the escalating violence against Chicago youth. It has its roots in the Episcopal Church.
Learn more about CROSSwalk II, which will take place on Friday, March 22, 2013
On April 2, 2012, Monday of Holy Week, CROSSwalk led 50 faith and secular partners and 1500 people in a prayerful 4-mile procession across the heart of Chicago to remember the more than 600 children killed since 2008. CROSSwalk began at the Gold Coast’s historic St. James Cathedral, crossed through the center of the city and took us to the stark reality of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital—ending where many of our city’s most vulnerable trauma patients end theirs.
Since April 2, 2012, 47 more Chicago youth have been murdered in communities throughout the city. The homicide rate in Chicago is up 38% so far in 2012. As people of faith, we believe that these are our children, and we share the responsibility for keeping them safe. CROSSwalk leaders are currently working to build relationships with our current partners and to reach out to new faith-based, nonprofit, and government partners, identifying ways for individuals and congregation to help make our city safe for our youth. We are looking especially to congregations in communities with high rates of violence to help us shape our vision.