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Artist Flash Mob against Violence

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Local artists will be part of what looks to be a powerful protest against gun violence on Sunday in Daley Plaza. And you are welcome to join them.

Artists Against Gun Violence will stage their public performance at noon March 24 under the Picasso at Daley Plaza. There, they will "freeze their hands in the air, then slowly melt to the floor in a lifeless position," according to information from the group. Then a participant will trace their body in a chalk outline, writing a word or phrase like "suicide" or "ENOUGH, 30,000 a year," the number of Americans killed annually by gun violence.

A similar protest in New York City attracted stars of Broadway shows including "Annie," "Spiderman: Turn off the Dark" and the musical "Chicago."

The flash mob is the idea of artist Lorin Latarro, currently working in New York City as the associate choreographer of the musical "Hands on a Hardbody." Latarro organized the first flash mob in New York City in response to the Sandy Hook, Conn. school shootings.

"If I can have one person change their mind on this, then I have succeeded," Latarro told Newsday.

Mark Walsh, campaign director at the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, said anyone who shows up can participate.

"It's another way to draw attention to the issue of gun violence, from an artistic poit of view as opposed to some of the other ways such as public policy," he said.

For more information about the Chicago flash mob, click here or visit the group's Facebook page.

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