September 4, 2016
Contact: Phillip Jackson 312.771.1010
For Immediate Release
Making Chicago A City Of Peace Is Not Magic! It Takes Work, Prayers and Coordination!
1 Dead and 21 Wounded So Far This Year Is A Kind of Miracle!!!
We thank the police who are working and we thank the tens of thousands of Chicago residents who are helping to make the Community Peace Surge a success!
WHAT: As of Sunday morning, September 4, 2016, shootings in Chicago are down from last week and from last year’s Labor Day Weekend for the reporting period. So far, 21 people in Chicago have been shot over the Labor Day weekend with one person killed. Even with the Fraternal Order of Police insisting on a work action that includes officers not working any non-manditory overtime, the police officers on duty, with support from community residents and organizations, are doing a great job of providing Chicago with rational, intelligent, effective police coverage! With no pay for tens of thousands of residents participating in theCommunity Peace Surge who are investing millions of dollars of their own money and tens of millions of dollars in their time, everyday Chicagoans are driving the success of the Community Peace Surge. Last week in Chicago, 115 people were shot and 15 were killed. Just last weekend, a non-holiday 2-day weekend, 72 people were shot and 9 of them died. Last Sunday, alone, saw 33 shootings on one day. August 2016 has been the most violent month in the past 20 years. The Chicago Community Peace Surgeaims to reduce violent incidents, shootings and murders by 25%. Street organizations, students, youth, churches, community organizations, block clubs, masons, fraternities, sororities, parents, veterans and the whole city of Chicago are joining in to makeChicago – A City of Peace.
WHO: Participating organizations in the Community Peace Surge include Justice Or Else Chicago Local Organizing Committee, The Black Star Project, PEACE in Englewood, Black United Fund of Illinois, R.A.G. E. of Englewood, Kids Off the Block, BRIJ Fund, The Black Mall, New Era Chicago, Anti-Eviction Campaign, N’COBRA, Black United Fund, Breaking Bread, Black Consortium, Project 5000, St. Sabina, Afrika Enterprises, Campaign Against Filth and Fear, 10,000 Fearless and others.
WHEN: Sunday, September 4, 2016
1:00 p.m. (photo opportunities)
WHERE: The Black Star Project
3509 South king Drive, Chicago, IL
WHY: We are one-half way through the Community Peace Surge. We want to report to the people of Chicago the status of the Community Peace Surge and encourage all Chicagoans to continue all of the great things they are doing to make Chicago A City of Peace. So far so good.
Labor Day Weekend Holiday shootings for past three years
2015 Labor Day weekend: 10 killed, 46 wounded
2014 Labor Day weekend: 7 killed, 36 wounded
2013 Labor Day weekend: 12 killed, 27 wounded