When California Congresswoman Maxine Waters attended the recent Congressional Black Caucus Urban Violence Summit in Chicago recently CBS2 News reported that "she placed the emphasis on the unorthodox, suggesting that negotiated “peace treaties“ between street gangs could help quell the violence, and that one outside-the-box proposal came from veteran activist Wallace “Gator” Bradley, long known to be a conduit to imprisoned street gang leader Larry Hoover." Bradley suggested that a “delegation” be sent to Hoover that would include a prosecutor, a doctor, a UN Human Rights representative, the Rev. Al Sharpton and a cameraman, who would record Hoover holding his grandchildren and urging gangbangers to work with the community, stop the shooting and stand united in peace.
Bradley was called onto the stage by Congressman Waters’ because she said that leaders like her should be listening to people like Bradley who are the street organizers with proven track records and street report and should be supported and empowered by leadership and officials to grow their work. Bradley also supported the suggestion of negotiated cease-fires having a chance for success because “the lines of communication are already open.”
There are accompanying photos of Bradley posing with leaders like Congresswoman Waters, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others who he has continued to lobby for support for his peace initiatives through his United In Peace Organization. I also appreciate the public support that Bradley has mentioned in terms of my leadership on these type grassroots issues, and now through my civic education efforts as well as the economic violence message of National Black Wall Street Chicago, for people to hear and know that until you stop ECONOMIC VIOLENCE, the urban violence will continue.
(Mark S. Allen)
Chairman & COO National Black Wall Street Chicago
(Rev. Willie T. Barrow Consumer Education and Consumer Action Project)
Founder/Lead Organizer, Illinois Voter Restoration Civic Education Project
Chief of Staff to National Chairman, National Black Wall Street USA
"And The Ordinary People Said" News Blog, www.chicagonow.com
Chairman, Community Reinvestment Organizing Project
Listed in 2012 Edition Who' Who In Black Chicago
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The Rev. Al Sharpton calls Mark Allen "one of Chicago's legendary political activists and one of the best organizers of his generation"
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