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  • The 500 Campaign calls for a day of peach on June 10.
The 500 Campaign calls for a day of peach on June 10. (500 Campaign )
June 10, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Chicagoans are calling for a day of peace on Monday.

What started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence plaguing the city has transpired into a pledge for no violence on June 10 to help inspire change.

Earlier this year, South Sider Bryant Cross, 28, asked Chicagoans to send photos of themselves angry over how many people are killed in the city.  A few months later, hundreds of photos are part of the 500 Campaign created by Cross. He tweets the photos, posts them to Facebook and uploads them to Instagram.

That led him to ask people to commit to a day without violence and to do something peaceful with their neighbors.

"Having a day of peace is like a Kickstarter [campaign] to create a new culture in Chicago," Cross said in March. "I wanted Chicago to sit down and pause and notice that this is a day in Chicago where violence is not a topic and that peace is the topic."

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