Photo: Members of the Woodlawn Summer HOODvasion prepare to go out on watchman "patrol"
With the goal of preventing violence from claiming any lives this summer in Woodlawn, a “Summer HOODvasion” is coming to the South Side Chicago community.
The campaign, to include watchmen patrolling the neighborhood weekend nights, Saturday daytime festivals for youth and Thursday prayer corners, is an effort of the New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn.
The program was unveiled Sunday by church pastor the Rev. Corey Brooks, who recently made headlines for spending 94 days in a tent on top of an abandoned motel to raise money to buy the blighted property and build a community and economic development center for the Woodlawn and Englewood communities.
As the Sun-Times reported Saturday, Brooks also plans to walk 2,700 miles across America to help raise $15 million to build the center and draw attention to the need to combat urban violence here and around the United States.
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