GARY — In the fire-brand style that has become his trademark, the Rev. Michael Pfleger told a packed room to do more than just pray about rashes of violence and injustices in their community and take matters into their own hands.

Like other speakers at the Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations' annual Martin Luther King-Cesar Chavez awards brunch Saturday at the Genesis Center, Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church, a Roman Catholic church in Chicago, linked violence in the streets of Northwest Indiana and the South Side of Chicago to the recent violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protests and riots have wracked the St. Louis suburb since a white police officer allegedly shot and killed an unarmed black teenager two weeks ago.

"The question I think we have to ask of people of faith is, 'What are we going to do?' " Pfleger said. "How are we going to respond? How are we going to respond and act to this injustice we see around America? How is Ferguson going to wake us up in Indiana and Chicago and across this country? Some of us will be angry about what's going on in Ferguson but do nothing about what's going on in Indiana or the South Side of Chicago.

"We can't just ignore what's going on in Ferguson and ignore what's going on in our own back yard."....

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By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent August 23, 2014 1:58PM