Posts tagged "gang violence"

Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography

Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography
Lametrios West has made a point to separate himself from the trouble around him. Despite heavy rain and steady cracks of lightning, the 14-year-old Kershaw Elementary School student made his way on a recent afternoon to the nearby Teamwork Englewood, a community organization whose after-school programs draw boys and girls from the surrounding area. Here, he holes up to “get out of the neighborhood.” Staying out of trouble means closing himself off from the outside world. “It’s hard but I can do it,” he says. “By staying in the house, going to school, coming here. The only areas where I go is where I know people.”...

Video: A community mourns at the funeral of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins

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Hundreds gathered at New Beginnings Church of Chicago for the funeral of 6-month-old Jonylah Emani Watkins. One week earlier, the baby was shot in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood, according to the Chicago Police Department. —Produced and photographed by Jonathan Gibby and Lucio Villa

SLIDESHOW: Rogers Park group honors 500 victims of violence on Chicago's streets

On the day of the December vigil, Occupy Rogers Park hung 499 wooden stars on a tree at the east end of Lunt Avenue by Lake Michigan. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.
As the nation mourned the loss of children and teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, residents of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood gathered to remember a different kind of massacre — the hundreds of people killed each year on the city’s streets. The Facebook invitation for the Dec. 15 vigil was titled “496 Stars:... Read more »
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State Rep. Ford wants state's help with job creation in West Side district, but will it deter violence?

State Rep. Ford wants state's help with job creation in West Side district, but will it deter violence?
On the heels of yet another bloody Chicago weekend, 8th District state Rep. La Shawn Ford plans to have a town hall meeting tonight to discuss how to curb violence in high-crime neighborhoods. Ford has said state-assisted job creation could be a boon for many of the low-income, high-crime communities in his West Side district... Read more »

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?
Something’s got to change, say the aldermen on the South and West sides who have watched the body counts–which are mostly comprised of young African American men–in their wards climb at alarming rates, this year. Tired of the ostensible ineffectiveness of Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s emphasis on beat policing, those frustrated aldermen recently called for... Read more »

Chicago tears down crime-ridden abandoned buildings to build safer communities - Photos

Construction workers begin the demolition of an abandon building that was a location of high crime and drug sales.
The city began demolishing a number of buildings in neighborhoods on the South and West sides Thursday, as part of a Mayor Rahm Emanuel-backed strategy to cleanse neighborhoods of gang activity. Certain vacant buildings attract gang activity and violence, Emanuel contends, and they need to come down. Some are in such disrepair that they need... Read more »
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New anti-gang plans do little to fix root cause of 'urban warfare': advocate

A recent anti-gang measure signed into law this week by Gov. Pat Quinn would make it easier to prosecute high-level gang members for crimes that they ordered but were carried out by lower-level members.  It will go hand-in-hand with a ‘tough-on-gangs’ approach that has been championed at the city level in previous months by the mayor... Read more »