For Immediate Release: Community Leadership to hold Press Conference outside of the University of Chicago to Call Chicago Violence a Public Health Epidemic (Crisis)
(Press Conference-at U of C call for action )
***** Media Advisory *****
For those who live in Chicagoland and surrounding communities-official efforts to change the underlying conditions that contribute to violence—in homes, schools, and neighborhoods have largely failed as we now reach and surpass historical levels of homicides. There is a strong and growing base, grounded in research and experiential evidence (practitioner and community wisdom) that supports this fact. A group of community leaders and activist will hold a press conference tomorrow at the University of Chicago because they believe that violence is preventable, not inevitable- if the correct tools and resources are in place. More specifically, The community knows what it takes to prevent violence.
Coming off of a violent Memorial Day weekend, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson did strike a similar theme in a speech to the City Club of Chicago, bemoaning the senselessness of all the shootings, the department’s fractured relationship with the community and the broken judicial system that is too much a revolving door for the most dangerous criminals. Johnson also lamented a gang culture that sinks its hooks into youngsters in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods “almost at birth,” he said.”So by the time they’re 12, their destiny is set,” he told a few hundred civic leaders. “It’s either prison or death.”
Recognizing violence as a crucial prevention issue for health and equity, an organization comprised of activist, community organizers, and leaders-all who already have made a major commitment to helping city devise comprehensive plans and strategies for reducing and preventing violence are calling for their effort to categorize Violence as a Public health epidemic will catalyze national momentum. They intend to launch their efforts by asking for support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The University of Chicago, and other major public institutions. Leading Social Justice organizations involved are Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, along with a growing list others. In addition the group will announce further efforts to organize around this effort, as well as a online public petition.
Recent initiatives to address
◾Recent – Demand Justice, Request Institutions and Think Tanks to get involved.
◾Community Violence Prevention on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad
◾Change Perceptions of People of Color and others in the political system.
WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Official Effort to Prevent Community Violence
WHERE: Department of Psychology (outside) • University of Chicago 5848 S. University Avenue • Chicago, IL 60637
WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:30am
WHO: Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman and others
WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Right Organizers
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety
Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Adviser