'Let Us Live,' Chicago Youth Plead, In March To Spotlight Violence

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Protesters march through the Loop to call attention to the high number of homicides against young people in the city on July 27, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago had more than 500 homicides last year, more than any other city in the nation. Black men in their teens and twenties made up the largest group of homicide victims in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Getty

Story by Josh McGhee and Quinn Ford, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:

CHICAGO — More than 200 people joined a South Side pastor Saturday afternoon to march up North Michigan Avenue and stage a "silent sit-in" to help spotlight young people who are disproportionatley affected by violence in Chicago.

The "Let Us Live" march, organized by Project HOOD, culminated in a "State of the Hood Address" given by Rev. Corey Brooks of Woodlawn's New Beginnings Church outside the Wrigley Building.

Brooks said when a child goes missing in America, the government issues an Amber alert. The pastor said it is time to issue an Amber alert for a generation of black youth.

"Today, we are issuing an Amber alert from the hood because our black children are missing," Brooks said. "Missing education, missing employment, missing parents..."

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