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Chicago woman calls for sex strike to end gun violence

By Ben Hooper
.45-caliber Glock handgun. Photo by Nic Neufeld/Shutterstock.com
.45-caliber Glock handgun. Photo by Nic Neufeld/Shutterstock.com

CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Chicago woman is calling on the rest of the city's women to go on a Chi-Raq inspired sex strike to end gun violence.

April Lawson said she was enraged when she saw a crowd of men camped outside a new South Side shoe store recently amid a plague of gun violence in the city.

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"You're watching these guys just like buying gym shoes and carrying on like life is normal," Lawson told WLS-TV. "Then I saw the trailer to Chi-Raq."

The Spike Lee film, which is in turn inspired by Aristophanes' Greek classic Lysistrata, follows a group of neighborhood women to pledge to withhold sex until their men agree to cease gun violence.

"If you decide to silently protest," Lawson said. "It might get them to think."

Lawson posted a petition on Change.org calling on the city's women to join her effort.

"I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhoods," Lawson wrote.

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