Marches, volunteerism battling Chicago violence

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CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago pastor says the time for marches has passed and it is now time for action to reduce the level of gun violence in the city.

The Rev. Corey Brooks made the assertion Thursday as hundreds of junior high and high school students marched on the South Side advocating an end to gun violence.

Student Razia Hutchins says her classmates and the business and religious leaders, and members of the public who joined them want to take back their community.

However, Brooks wants more action.

Brooks told WBBM-AM ( ) he’s enlisted more than 2,500 volunteers to take to the streets to build relationships with children in high-crime areas. He says he’s aware the volunteers could be put in harm’s way, but efforts will be made to keep everyone safe.

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