Thursday, August 13, 2009
This incident only received small coverage in today's Chicago SunTimes. It was at the top of page 15. The shooting took place in the 11000 block of South Normal, on the far South Side of Chicago. That's far from the hub of media attention focused around the LOOP and North Side of the city. Yet, if you look at this map, the commuter route, bringing people from Indiana and the South Suburbs to work in the city every day, passes on both sides of this neighborhood.
If we want to help end this violence, we need to get people personally connected with programs serving youth in the area, and there are two or three to contact (the green stars on our map). We also need to get people in the downtown office buildings talking about this, and talking about ways to help build Gold Medal tutor/mentor programs in areas where there is too much violence, and too many poorly performing schools, as well as people attending religious institutions and colleges in the communities on the other end of these access routes.
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