Join me, together with the United Church of Rogers Park, Rogers Park Positive Loitering and CAPS Beats 2431 and 2432, as we kick off the Rogers Park leg of “Summer of Faith and Action,” a citywide violence prevention initiative to promote safety throughout Chicago in the summer months.
Taking place this Friday, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., a Summer of Faith and Action encourages pastors, community leaders, business owners and residents to gather together on street corners in their communities, creating a safe and secure environment throughout our city.
The night starts with a barbecue from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in front of the United Church of Rogers Park at the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland. Following the barbecue, a “positive loitering event” will take place beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Positive loitering is where neighbors gather together and stroll through the neighborhood or simply “loiter” on certain and by their presence deter crime. On occasion, the positive loiterers will call 311 to report graffiti, a burned out street light, or some other city service need. They will also call the police if they observe suspicious activity.
But most of the time they simply enjoy each other’s company, engaging in small talk and conveying with their presence the following message: “This is our neighborhood. We stand united. Criminals are not welcome or tolerated here. Our collective eyes are watching you.”
I plan to be at the barbecue at 4:00 p.m. and then head over to my “Follow Me on Friday” event at True Nature Foods at 5:00 p.m. and return for some positive loitering at 7:00 p.m. I hope you will join me for some or all of these events!