Great anger and violence can never build a nation.
The eve of Mayor Tyrone Ward and the Village of Robbin's 5th Annual Walk/Run Against Violence is a somber one for the second term Mayor. One of his best friends and supporters Bobby McKinney past away 3 days prior. The once vibrant and energetic organizer of the famed "Robbins Back to School Festival" is no longer along Mayor Ward's side. His death brings greater meaning to the growing summer event. It has a special place in the Ward's heart. Bobby, the victim of car accident involving a drunk driver in early November understood the effects had on his changing community. McKinney stood steadfast with Mayor Tyrone Ward and others in the community as they rallied in opposition to the scattered yet apparent cruelty challenging the village.
How We Started
Mayor Tyrone Ward and the Village of Robbins has partnered with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s South Suburban Center on the Walk Against Violence, scheduled for July 26, 2014. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is the largest provider of sexual violence support services in the State of Illinois; operating rape crisis hotlines in the city and suburbs, delivering prevention education and providing medical and legal advocacy, outreach and counseling to survivors of sexual assault.
Using the slogan, “We aren’t just talking the talk, we’re walking the walk!” It is one thing to say, “We won’t stand for this!” However, it is another thing to do something about it. Thus, this is why the Village of Robbins has chosen to host this event and allow other advocates against violence to join together in a demonstration of change.
Robbins Walk Against Violence is a community affair for the entire Cook County Region. Anti-violence organizations throughout the South Suburban area are encouraged to promote their organization at this event free of charge. We know that we need them and welcome them here in the Village of Robbins.
Mayor Ward views this event as the first of many efforts to prevent violent crimes and support violent crime survivors. Robbins wants victims to know that they are not alone and that they have not been forgotten.
Mayor Ward and the Village of Robbins presented a Proclamation Against Violence to its citizens on March 25, 2014. The Proclamation is a pledge to meet the needs of all survivors of violence from the Village of Robbins’ political leaders and Robbins Police Department. It is the framework of what can be expected from the current administration and as it relates to the Robbins Police Department in order to insure a safer environment for residents to live, work and conduct and transact business.
Following the Proclamation Against Violence announcement, Village of Robbins employees wore teal ribbons in recognition of sexual assault victims during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). These teal ribbons were available to the public and given to citizens of Robbins.