"CeaseFire is Good Symbolism, But Won't Resolve The Substance Of The Crime Problem"
Just so CeaseFire doesnt get scapegoated in this latest remedy to the "gang" and crime affair as the latest failure even Tio Hardiman has to admit that no matter how much we criss cross the streets doing "interventions" that NOTHING is going to stop the desperation in the streets that is not matched with the same efforts to end the lack of legitimate economic opportunities and jobs. For many of the violence and interventions or new retaliations are done AFTER an initial incident so even the Mayor and Police Chief are admitting that violence IS going to happen FIRST!! Go to work Tio and Ceasefire, but DON'T get in the PR piece as the latest failure if crime STILL rises. I and others will continue to be out there with you.
Anyone who TRULY works the streets in high crime areas KNOWS crime is not the "gang" problem alone BECAUSE it is NOT a "gang" problem but a free-for-all in these streets, and I will continue to tell those who want to hear the truth that NO AMOUNT of police deployment, closing of liquor stores and press conferences saying so is going to stop the violence UNTIL you deal with the desperate economic conditions and the desperate acts of violence will continue as long as their are not enough legitimate economic opportunities in these life threatening street environments, and you dont have to believe me, just WATCH as this next PR response fails. But WHY do so many people have to die while we fail to deal with the desperate economic conditions, and not to mention the "walking time bombs" waiting to explode who now battle the streets looking for NEW forms of medication as a result of mental health cuts??
Mark S. Allen
Chairman Of The Board/Acting Executive Director
Black Wall Street Chicago Organization
Chief of Staff To National Chairman Rev. Michael Carter
National Black Wall Street USA
4655 South King Drive, Suite 203
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Mark S. Allen recently included in the 2012 Edition of Who's Who In Black Chicago as "one of Chicago's Most Influential Voices In The Black Community