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Bronzeville youth, community leaders to speak on violence

While politicians push tougher law enforcement to address youth violence, community leaders and youth in Bronzeville are demanding that the root causes of violence — including unemployment, disinvestment, and school closings — be put at the top of the agenda.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 14, youth leaders from five high schools — including King College Prep, where Hadiya Pendleton was a student, and where one of the suspects in her murder graduated – will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. at Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st Street.  They’re part of Leaders Investing For Equality (LIFE), which for several years has pushed for restoration of funding cut from youth employment programs.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Bronzeville Alliance and Centers for New Horizons will hold a press conference at the Ellis Childcare Center, 4301 S. Cottage, to launch a community initiative to coordinate social services for community youth and families and to advocate for a reversal of cutbacks they say have destabilized the community.

In media coverage of youth violence, “there doesn’t seem to be much discussion of the root causes of these problems and the responsiblity of government and the private sector for years of disinvestment in minority communities,” said John Owens of CNH.

“We’ve had many years of jobs being lost and cutbacks in a whole range of social services – and the whole idea of closing schools is just another form of cutbacks,” he said.

“There’s been no discussion of youth employment, no discussion of the destabilization of families when jobs are lost and parents are working odd hours, no discussion of afterschool programs that are relevant,” Owens said.  “The bottom line is that we need to understand what it means to build community and we need to start building it – with the kind of resources that are needed for a community in crisis.”

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Young People Speak Out

A coalition of youth-led organizations from across the city has invited elected officials and community leaders to a town hall meeting on increasing investment in young people this Sunday, November 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st.

This summer young people surveyed their communities and mapped out youth resources, finding that “in many neighborhoods there is nothing positive to speak of,” said Manju Rajendran of Females United For Action.

In face of state budget cuts, young people from a number of organizations formed the Leaders Investing For Equality campaign. Participants include youth organizing projects in Albany Park, Brighton Park, Little Village, Logan Square, Woodlawn, Uptown and Chicago Lawn.

Sunday’s gathering will continue the coalition’s effort to give young people a voice and to win increased opportunities in employment, education, and recreation.

“It’s really important we take these kind of preventive steps, because too often where we see an escalation of violence against youth or between youth, we see an escalation of incarceration, and incarceration isn’t going to solve our problems,” Rajendran said.



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