Chris Wissmann (middle) teaches a Karate demonstration with students, Rossana Lausell (left) and Isaac Lausell (Right) at the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition’s Stop the Violence event held at Attucks Park Saturday, October 24, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “We came out to support Sensei Wissmann which is one of our two Karate teachers at the park district. I started with Shotokan, which I still practice with Sensei Everheart at SIU but with Sensei Wissmann I’ve been training for a year and a half,” Issac Lausell said. (James B. Allen | @skyclopsphotojamboree)
Chris Wissmann (middle) teaches a Karate demonstration with students, Rossana Lausell (left) and Isaac Lausell (Right) at the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition’s Stop the Violence event held at Attucks Park Saturday, October 24, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. “We came out to support Sensei Wissmann which is one of our two Karate teachers at the park district. I started with Shotokan, which I still practice with Sensei Everheart at SIU but with Sensei Wissmann I’ve been training for a year and a half,” Issac Lausell said.

James B. Allen | @skyclopsphotojamboree

Gallery: Stop the Violence

October 24, 2020

The Southern Illinois Unity Coalition held their Stop the Violence event at Attucks Park in Carbondale, Ill. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The event consisted of an African art display, painting, and a karate demonstration.

Nancy Maxwell, a member of the coalition said the group wants to continue to bring awareness to gun violence.

“Carbondale United does the virtual summits, Southern Unity Coalition is down on the ground,” Maxwell said. “We’re out here in the fields, marching and hosting other events trying to bring the community together.”

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Maxwell said this personally impacts her because in the summer she attended around four funerals of family members in the span of a week due to gun violence.

The goal is for neither subject to die down, Maxwell said.

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