After a very violent Independence Day weekend, Rev. Jesse Jackson shared this statement released today, "We need an urban plan for reconstruction."
"No Plan for Reconstruction for Chicago"
Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Monday, July 7, 2014.
In Chicago there are zones of terror and deprivation. Deprivation of an underclass that leads to terror in a city facing an undeclared emergency that should be declared a “state of emergency.” This “state of emergency” requires remedy and resources. It requires social and economic reconstruction, not just the emptying of guns and the filling of jails.
The police blotter can show us where the disaster zones are. They are the areas with the most foreclosed houses, the most vacant lots, the least education, the least access to health care, the least hospital emergency access and the most unemployed. Fifty schools closed, 50 drug stores closed, 73 grocery stores closed. These are the desert zones driven by a sub-economy featuring drugs-in, guns-in and jobs-out.
There have been 207 homicides in Chicago in 2014, including 173 killed and 1,029 wounded by guns – 118 wounded by gunfire from January to May, 230 shot in May, 250 shot in June, and 17 killed and 77 wounded by gunfire so far in July. In just four days, over the July 4 holidays, there were 14 killed and 65 wounded by gunfire.
The painful fact is we know where the drugs are coming from and where the jobs are going. There is no urban plan for reconstruction.
We have a plan for reconstruction in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous zones, but there is no plan for reconstruction in our hometown of Chicago! In the meantime, we live in horror until next Monday’s body count. We deserve better.
Stop the violence. Save the children.
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
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