After praying at Saint Sabina, Father Pfleger changed his route taking his diverse group of supporters West in an effort to â€œkeep the peace going.â€
Led by Saint Sabinaâ€™s Peacemaker, Pat, a former gang leader, they marched right past the police station for several blocks before heading back west. Another supporter held a sign that said, â€œHonk Your Horn,â€ which prompted a number of motorists to do just that. For a while, it sounded like a celebration, but it was the motoristâ€™s way of giving their stamp of approval of Pflegerâ€™s peace march.
Supporters lined both sides of the street passing out flyers that on one side said, â€œPut The Guns Downâ€ and giving pointers on how there can be peace in the community such as conducting household sweeps and numbers parents and others can call like Pflegerâ€™s, 773.483.4300, where they can turn in guns anytime, no questions asked.
Pfleger stopped by the house of Eunice Genus, 99, who will be 100-years-old on October 26, 2015. He gives her a kiss.
At 76th and Racine, a woman, Yoletta Williams, asked Pfleger when was the next time he was marching because her son, Roy Smith, was killed June 19, 2012. Pfleger suggested she join Saint Sabinaâ€™s Purpose Over Pain group consisting of parents who lost their children to gun violence.
Wearing a T-Shirt that said, â€œBlessed are the Peacemakers,â€ Father Pfleger, who is also demanding that stores within the Auburn Gresham community hire an African American from the community or he will shut them down, stopped by the Express Food Mart, located at 77th and Racine.
â€œHave you hired an African American yetâ€? asked Pfleger. The clerk at first hesitated then said â€œyes.â€ Pfleger replied, â€œI donâ€™t see any African Americans working here.â€ The clerk said that person works in the daytime.
â€œIâ€™ll be back in the morning, and if I donâ€™t see a black working, weâ€™re going to shut you down,â€ Pfleger promised the two clerks who stood peeping at him behind a bulletproof glass.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.