There have been a total of 53 murders in the last month in Chicago, Illinois, as reported by local newspaper, the Red Eye Chicago which uses the medical examiner’s office to determine the number of deaths. Forty-six (86 percent) of those victims were African American, and out of those thirty three (58 percent) were African American men between the ages of 14 and 27.

The murder rate has been so high in Chicago that, according to the Huffington Post, there were more people killed in Chicago than in Afghanistan in 2012. According to the Huffington post 228 Americans were killed in Chicago while only 144 US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.

As the alarming statistics continue, some leaders like the Reverend Gregory Tatum, are proposing a summit with all gang leaders of the community. Tatum has requested that both Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton be present during the summit, but neither have responded to the invitation which was sent only a short while ago.

Chicago is only the first stop on Tatums 3 summit tour “Next year, we will go to Los Angeles, then Detroit,” Tatum said in an interview with the Sun Times, a local Chicago newspaper.

Tio Hardiman, the former director of CeaseFire Illinois, has also expressed its willingness to participate in the sit-down. The group has been active since 1995 and is ranked ninth on Global Journal’s list of non-governmental organizations for their skills at “identifying those most at risk and treating this core group via a staff of highly-trained ‘violence interrupters.’”

Hardiman posted on his Facebook page. “Can you really stop the killings without bringing the killers and would-be killers to the table”

Hardiman also told the Sun Times that he would (he either will or will not invite them; whether or not they attend is the only condition here) invite as many gang members of the Blood and Crip as possible to the summit.

Information about the summit, to be held September 27 and 28th at Salem Baptist Church in the south side of Chicago, was made public after July’s crime statistics were released by the Chicago Police Department.

Similar tactics have been used in Honduras 2012 to quell the fighting between the Mara Salvatrucha gang and their rivals, the Calle 18. According to The New York Times,since the truce began, the murder rate in Honduras has dropped 52 percent. The truce was established with the help of Roman Catholic

Bishop Romulo Emiliani of San Pedro Sula and the president of Honduras Porfirio Lobo.