The Walk for Peace and the Barrio books in one

Barrio-Cover-English-(3)[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Aug. 13, Pastor Choco of New Life Covenant Church, Parents for Peace and Justice, city officials, politicians, organizations and international Latino author/civic leader Robert Renteria joined forces in an effort to stop violence in Chicago by participating in The Walk for Peace. The walk started at 7 p.m. at the New Life Church, 3400 W. Division St.

“We use money to support wars, but neglect to feed the poor. People are walking around in a culture of darkness and we need to do something about it,” said Renteria. “Enough panel discussions talking about gang violence and statistics. As leaders, it’s time to walk the walk and bring a solution to these issues because that’s what leadership is all about. The ultimate weapon is not a loaded gun but an educated mind,” said Choco.

The pastor sponsored more than 500 copies of “From the Barrio to the Board Room” 2nd edition, “Mi Barrio” and “Little Barrio.” The books are part of a bilingual book series written by Renteria and over 500 books were distributed during The Walk for Peace.

Renteria added that “the problem-solving process is to recognize the problem, find a solution and take action.” He was inspired to write the Barrio books and developed a school and faith-based curricula to help kids with their critical thinking skills, and help schools bridge the educational gap.

Women’s Federation for World Peace, Crime Stoppers, Rainbow Push Coalition, NAACP, Cease Fire, Rotary of Chicago, PTA of Illinois and Chicago Public Schools are among the groups who were participating in The Walk for Peace.

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