In the past year more than 40 young persons have been murdered in Chicago, many within a stone's throw of the president's home.
This bill continues to promote and devote the vast majority of its resources to expensive failed policies that may exacerbate the gang problem and crime while disproportionately affecting youth of color.
Homeboy Industries is now the largest gang intervention program in the US. Serving 12 thousand clients a year, 8 thousand gang members from 700 different gangs, we offer comprehensive services to those for whom hope is foreign.
This week Disney launched its D-Day assault. With the advertisements for G-Force gracing every highway across America, big artillery has reached the "cute" stage.
Last summer, our City came forward with a simple -- yet radical -- idea. For two months, we dared to challenge the conventional wisdom that gun violence and gang battles plague the summer months.
Intervention at the right age can turn a kid away from gangs, crime, and drugs for good whereas doling out stiff penalties only seems to result in more people going to prison.
Until we stop looking at these kids as monsters we will never break the cycle of gang violence.
By arresting minorities, America tries to show that it's fighting the drug problem while Whites in the suburbs are free to use and abuse drugs without solid police interference.
Since President-elect Barack Obama won the election last month, there's been some speculation about what this means for the American black community. ...
I've seen nothing to suggest that we accomplish much by brutalizing the small and troubled people who commit atrocities. Killing these four gang bangers who murdered Nequiel Fowler does nothing to honor or memorialize this beautiful child.
Clearly Mayor Daley cares about the well-being of Chicago. But does he care enough?
The decision by Mayor Daley and Police Superintendent Weis to deploy assault weapons on the streets of Chicago has been made without providing a demonstrable need for the weapon.
If we as Chicagoans truly want reduced levels of violence in our low-income high-crime neighborhoods then we must be prepared to face the unvarnished truth.
Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the US and is in the front ranks of diverting young people from the trajectory that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment and premature death.
The willingness of more young women, especially black women, to resort to fisticuffs to settle disputes has become an even bigger problem.
Father Greg Boyle wants to stop the causes of gang violence, instead of waiting to clean up the results.