Chicago Students Lead 'I Am for Peace' Campaign and Documentary

Students at Perspectives Charter Schools are tired of violence in their community.

Posted: 05/27/2014 12:15 PM EDT

Students of Chicago's Perspectives Charter Schools are leading a campaign called 'I Am for Peace,' as they have grown tired of gun violence that has claimed the lives of their friends and family in the Windy City.

A few students went before Salem Baptist Church Sunday asking for support for the documentary and a peace march they are organizing June 5. Two thousand students from the five campuses of the Perspectives Charter Schools are expected to march. 

“Do you think you’re going to die this summer?” 17-year-old student Razia Hutchins told the Chicago Tribune that her friends ask each other this question often. “Some of their responses are like, ‘Yes,’” Hutchins said. “Living in Chicago, it’s like I know at any point my life can be taken away by gun violence.”

The students' fundraising goal for the 'I Am for Peace' documentary is $35,000. When the work is finished, they plan to submit it to film festivals.

Students are working on the project with New Chapter Entertainment, a production company founded by two former Oprah Winfrey Show producers.

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(photo: Perspectives Charter Schools)

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