The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago invites West Side residents to take part in a day of service on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a discussion about the history of nonviolent action as well as the current work being done to build peace, then participants will make toiletry kits. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 5200 W. Jackson Blvd.
“It really is a tremendous history, and I think it would be hard for people a 150 years ago to imagine how the church has grown over these 15 decades,” Rev. Colleen Vahey said. The public is invited to the special service being held Sunday at the church.
State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Loretto Hospital, the West Side Heroin Task Force and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti are hosting a breakfast April 4th, 50 years after the civil rights leader was assassinated. Fighting the West Side’s heroin epidemic will be the focus of this morning’s event. Then at 12:30 there will be a wreath laying at the corner of 4800 W. Chicago Ave.