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Joakim Noah urges Chicagoans to put down their guns in PSA



NBA All-Star Joakim Noah meets with kids before speaking mediabout fighting gun violence through his Noahs Arc FoundatiFriday July 25

NBA All-Star Joakim Noah meets with kids before speaking to the media about fighting gun violence through his Noahs Arc Foundation on Friday, July 25, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 27, 2014 6:20AM

Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah says he can’t sit by idly and watch the devastating violence in Chicago that recently claimed an innocent child sitting inside her home about to make s’mores.

So, in an effort to reach the youth, his Noah’s Arc Foundation has filmed a series of 60-second public service announcements he and his mother unveiled Friday at a Near West Side community center.

The “Chicago Stand Up” PSA campaign urges Chicagoans to put down the guns and stand up for peace.

“The summer months bring a lot of violence, and we felt it was urgent to get this PSA out now in order to bring some hope, change and support to the community,” the Bulls center said. “I appreciate the support Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago have provided in working to secure participation of the local news stations to run the PSA and raise awareness about this critical issue.”

Using the hashtag #ChicagoStandUp, the PSA’s feature Noah and Bulls guard Derrick Rose, are voiced by Chicago rapper/actor Common, and also showcases some influential community leaders, along with local youth.

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