Fraternities on campaign trail against gun violence pull into Gary

2013-05-31T20:32:00Z 2013-06-01T00:03:03Z Fraternities on campaign trail against gun violence pull into GaryBy Keith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326 nwitimes.com

GARY | James Freeman and Jeremiah Chapman spent last year passionately campaigning in battle ground states for the re-election of President Barack Obama.

This year, the two recent college grads are campaigning for an even higher cause.

"This can be even more passionate than the last campaign because we are touching the hearts of people," Freeman said Friday at Gary/Chicago International Airport. "It's not about Democrats or Republicans this time. This is about all the children."

The two arrived at the airport Friday afternoon as part of the Love and Protect Our Children campaign to combat gun violence. They are using the same big black tour bus emblazoned with gold lettering and a portrait of the president as last year. But now, for a new purpose.

They will be in Gary for the weekend with other members of the campaign to talk and strategize with young people on how to prevent gun violence. One of the highlights will be free flights in an airplane for young people Saturday put on by the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Gary Jet Center. After that, the anti-gun violence campaign will spend 30 days in Chicago.

The Love and Protect Our Children campaign is being sponsored by two historically black fraternities founded in 1911, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi.

A number of city officials greeted the bus tour Friday, including Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram, Gary Director of Commerce J. Forest Hayes and Cynthia Polk, Gary Jet Center manager of business development.

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