Tara Dabney                                                                                                                                 Loren Middleton

Institute for Nonviolence Chicago                                                                                     The Veltway Corporation                                                                           

The Concert to End Gun Violence raises funds to build peace on Chicago’s West Side.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chicago, Illinois:  On September 22, the Veltway, a local music-based nonprofit and the School of Rock Oak Park will team up to support the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and Neighbors United by hosting the annual Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. This event will take place at 6:00 pm and go until 9:00 pm at School of Rock Oak Park, 219 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302. Tickets are $25. For more info, to make a contribution, sponsor the event, or to buy tickets, visit:

Chai Tulani and The Bomba will headline the show with performances by the Veltway Music Collective Musicians, the HUEY Gang and Cuzzin Vinny. There will be food trucks by Carnivore and beer and wine donated by Hamburger Mary’s and Kinslahger.

“Gun violence is not isolated to a few Chicago neighborhoods, but becoming increasingly pervasive in all our communities. We cannot depend on politicians or government agencies alone to end gun violence. All communities, city and suburban, must work together to change the conditions fueling this epidemic and support organizations that are working in our communities to end this cycle of violence by working to build peace with those most likely to be victims and/or perpetrators of gun violence,” says Loren Middleton, event organizer.

The Institute for Nonviolence Chicagois a catalyst for peace. Nonviolence Chicago’s services are hyper-locally focused in three of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods to decrease shootings and homicides: Austin, West Garfield Park and Back of the Yards. Staff engage with those at highest risk of being involved in gun violence through outreach and mediation; victim services; case management; community organizing; and Nonviolence training to build the Beloved Community.

Neighbors Unitedis based out of Oak Park but will work in the surrounding area as well.  They work to end gun violence by hiring staff who are participants of Nonviolence Chicago looking to increase their skills and start a life of Nonviolence. Their specialties include: lawn care, gutter cleaning, snow removal, moving, spring/fall cleanup, fence removal and waste hauling.

School of Rock Oak Parkis a performance-based music school for all skill levels, ages, and musical aspirations. Located just blocks from the Austin Community, the School of Rock Oak Park seeks to serve and represent not just Oak Park, but the surrounding communities as well.

The Concert Across America Chicago-Berwyn is produced by The Veltway Corporation,, in partnership with The School of Rock Oak Park.

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