‘We must unite’: Chicago activists call on neighbors to help fight violence – NBC Chicago
Activists united on Saturday as they issued a call to action on the problem of gun violence in Chicago, particularly incidents involving women and children.
Leaders from several community groups gathered at New Beginnings Church in Greater Grand Crossing to shine a light on the lives that have already been touched this year.
A total of 30 women were shot in the first 29 days of January, according to activists. Among the victims, two were pregnant and seven died from their injuries.
Activist Andrew Holmes led the charge on Saturday, supported by dozens of women affected by the violence that continues to plague the streets.
“The cases have not been resolved,” Holmes said. “We don’t blame the police, but if we can come together and put a structure in place to end this gun violence.”
Illinois Senator Jacqueline Collins called the current situation a “state of emergency”, imploring community members and families of people who commit violent crimes to speak out.
“You know, if your son brings in a gun, if he walks in with a retail theft, with a Gucci handbag, those other designers, you know something’s wrong, and you have to take some responsibility. by denouncing your child,” she said.
Activists are calling for a plan for change – a plan they hope the whole community can follow.
“I call for resources and programs to give our sons an alternative to street violence,” said speaker Priscilla Jackson. “Give them an answer instead of the desperation that is felt in our communities.”