For Immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership to hold Press Conference/ Peace Vigil outside of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office in Honor of Laquan McDonald
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(Press Conference-at City Hall )
Activist still believe-To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is simply disturbing and they have absolutely no doubt that this video did rip open the hearts of all Chicagoans.” Many have argued the video alone is enough to determine that Van Dyke “acted inappropriately” when he fatally shot McDonald, though most who view it describe the footage as “graphic and violent” and “difficult to watch.”
For those who live in Chicagoland and surrounding communities-official efforts to change the underlying conditions on the two year anniversary of Laquan’s death have not changed. The violence—in homes, schools, and neighborhoods continues to grow have and official efforts have largely failed as we now reach and surpass historical levels of homicides. A group of community leaders and activist will hold a press conference tomorrow at Chicago City Hall because they still believe the officials all the way up to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel are still responsible for the cover up of the murder of Laquan Mcdonald- More specifically-they want to send a clear message, that simple says, “we still haven’t forgotten.”
Leading Social Justice organizations involved are Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, Black Lives Matter along with a growing list others.
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Recent initiatives to address
◾Recent – Demand Justice, Request Mayor to resign and community to get involved two years after the shooting.
◾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 on the Anniversary of LaQuan McDonald
WHERE: City Hall (5th Floor) • 121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois 60602
WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m
WHO: Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, Black Lives Matters, Freedom First International
WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence / police violence
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Right Organizers
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety