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Chicago International Youth Peace Movement Conference

Posted by Admin On June - 2 - 2015
Will hold a press conference for #ChicagoYouthPeace Conference Wednesday, June 3rd, 9 A.M., at Chicago City Hall, 5th Floor

#ChicagoYouthPeace: Mobilizing, activating and empowering young people, in grades 5-12, to get organized and use their voices for peace and social change.


CHICAGO, IL – From June 4th to 6th, Chicago will host the first Chicago International Youth Peace Conference at Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St, and at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell. Conference leaders and organizers will hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 9AM, outside the mayor’s office on the 5th floor of Chicago’s City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St.

Press Conference Speakers

Jessica Disu, @FMSupreme: Chicago’s Jessica Disu (FM Supreme) uses language as a tool for positive change. She’s an international performing poet, mc, artist, activist and educator who describes herself as a “humanitarian rap artist.” She has shared the stage with Common, MC Lyte, Lupe Fiasco, KRS One, and Boys II Men. Jessica has produced and hosted dozens of youth led events and forums for the past five years.

Richard Taylor, @TrulyTaylorMade: Author and motivational speaker Richard Taylor hails from Chicago, IL. Richard dealt with insecurity, low self-esteem, and feelings of worthlessness that resulted from being bullied and ridiculed in his childhood. Now, at the age of 27, Richard is a nationally recognized best selling author and speaker. He is on a mission to be one of the influential voices for his generation and the generations to come. Richard stars in a motivational YouTube series, “Getting Over The Hump,” and wrote the books “Unashamed” & “Between The Dream.” His goal is to inspire the masses to tap into their inner potential to create the change they want to see.

Page May, @may20p: Page May is a Chicago-based youth organizer with We Charge Genocide (@ChiCopWatch). She is one of the 8 youth delegates who traveled to the United Nations and the lead author of the shadow report submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture. She is currently organizing the youth-centered campaign, #ChiStops, to challenge stop-and-frisk in Chicago (@ChiStopsWCG). She has the privilege of working with the elementary school students of Village Leadership Academy. They have co-organized several actions against police violence, i.e. the Reclaim MLK march, Stephon Watts Memorial and Freedom Ride, and Rally for Reparations. Currently, she is working to launch Assata’s Daughters, a new grassroots organizing collective for Black women in Chicago.

Ethan “Ethos” Viets-Van Lear, @EthosIII: Poet, Organizer, and Prison Abolitionist born and raised on the Northside of Chicago. Ethan’s work focuses on abolition through transformative/re-distributive justice work in the form of Peace Circle Keeping as an alternative to punitive punishment practices. Ethan also does environmental work in his community with an organization called LETS GO Chicago. He is currently enrolled at UIC in the College of Education. Ethan recently traveled with a delegation of young people (We Charge Genocide) to the United Nations Committee Against Torture to charge the Chicago Police Department with torture.

The lead organizing group for the conference is Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, along with a coalition of faith-based groups and individuals led by Jessica Disu (@FMSupreme), who was recently chosen by Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the city’s “Summer of Faith and Action” program.

“If you’re looking for solutions to violence in Chicago and around the world, you should look to the young people who are the most disproportionately affected by it,” says Jessica Disu of Chicago International Youth Peace Movement. “The message of the Chicago International Youth Peace Conference is, if you want young people to put the guns down, you need to give them something else to pick up. Our goal is to mobilize, activate and empowering youth to get organized and use their voices for peace and social change.”

In March, Jessica Disu and the group she founded, Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, partnered with ABC 7 Chicago to write and perform in “Still Believe, Yeah” a Public Service Announcement to promote peace and encourage conversations about nonviolence and hope: http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/fm-supreme-launches-still-believe-psa-promoting-peace/539810/

Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, a peer-to-peer mentoring and youth leadership advocacy group, empowers, inspires and activates youth and young adult voices for nonviolence and social change. Our mission is to creatively promote peace and nonviolence through the arts, mentoring, civic engagement, and youth led and young adult facilitated programming.

Full conference press release, schedule, presenter bios and logo: http://tinyurl.com/ChiYouthPeacePress

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