Russell Simmons Extends Peacekeeping
Program to South Side
Hip-hop legend Russell Simmons is bringing his peacekeeping program Peacekeepers Global Initiative to the South Side of Chicago. Simmons’ company RushCard is giving $50,000 to the organization to expand to the South Side of Chicago. The organization’s founder Dennis Muhammad teaches volunteers CPR, first aid, self-defense and how to promote peace especially communities filled with crime and gun violence.
The program will host events at a dozen Chicago-area barbershops to recruit potential peacekeepers and support the community in a positive non-violent way. The program is a nationwide effort to reduce violence in youth, currently working in Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.
Youth will be able to meet with Simmons at scheduled high school visits to discuss the power of peaceful meditation. How through meditation one can grow and personally transform, reduce toxic stress, succeed in school and stay safe.
Ultimately teaching young students that violence isn’t the answer and by practicing the skill of peacekeeping members of the community can help to reduce violence in their neighborhoods.