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Politicians say this time they really, truly have a plan to fight Chicago's violence
Chicago Reader ^ | 06.05.14 | Mick Dumke

Posted on 06/06/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT by rey

Mick Dumke Congressman Bobby Rush convened a roomful of heavy hitters who promised to bring "hope and healing" to scarred neighborhoods. The reporters were told to wait outside the meeting room. The suggestion was that something big was happening in there.

We were in the south-side office of Congressman Bobby Rush. He'd sent out word that he was convening a large group of elected officials, business leaders, and clergy to discuss what can be done about the daily casualty counts in Chicago.

Rush's office is on a busy stretch of 79th Street in Chatham, just a couple doors down from where special-education teacher Betty Howard was slain by a stray bullet last week. Her killing was one of at least 137 since the start of 2014, a rate of nearly one a day that's climbing higher as the weather warms. The city has also averaged almost six shootings every day.

Most area elected officials are frustrated and unsure of what to do about the violence, so they just don't discuss it.

But others—including Mayor Rahm Emanuel—regularly respond by holding press conferences, often to blame political opponents and propose tougher laws.

As a veteran TV reporter joked as we waited Wednesday: "They solve this problem ten times a year."

Finally, about a half hour after the scheduled press time, reporters and camera crews were invited into the meeting—just as it was breaking up. There was no way for us to know what had actually transpired—who'd proposed ideas or who'd tried to cover their asses—but we were allowed to catch glimpses of Governor Pat Quinn, schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and state's attorney Anita Alvarez as they walked out the door.

Other heavy hitters—including Mayor Emanuel, Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle, and police superintendent Garry McCarthy—stuck around for the cameras, lining up alongside Congressman Rush as he announced the formation of the "Working Group on Hope and Healing."

Less clear is what the group is actually going to do. Rush said goals include creating jobs, rehabbing a vacant building down the street to use as a training center, and bringing a neighborhood festival to East 79th Street. But he said that will be worked out in the coming weeks and months.

The other officials expressed similar ambitions. The mayor promised that the group would work on revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood and "bringing back what has slipped away." He then left for another event.

McCarthy noted that he had first deployed extra police in the area two years ago, but that law enforcement alone wouldn't change anything. Preckwinkle stressed the importance of jobs in keeping young men out of gangs. Michael Sacks, a hedge-fund manager who's one of Emanuel's biggest donors and closest advisers, promised the support of the business community.

None of the proposals were specific, no dollar amounts were committed, and no timetable was established.

Rush conceded that he and others had tried this before. "We had a similar meeting in 2006 at my church in Englewood," he said.

But this group is more committed, Rush said, and would meet again as soon as next week. He insisted that the spirit of the gathering was itself a sign of progress.

"We were not in here pointing fingers," he said. "We were holding hands."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bobbyrush; chicago; crime; rahmemmanuel
Gee. Anyone want to take a stab at what causes violence in Chicago and how to stop it?

Does anyone find anything useful in the article? How is this "plan" any differrent?

Didn't "Bobby" advocate violence when he was a panther? Didn't he say "We need to arm ourselves against the police"? I guess if you want to know the cause of violence consulting Bobby Rush is a good start.

Does anyone know how the deserter, Bobby Rush, got an honorable discharge from the Army?

1 posted on 06/06/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT by rey
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To: rey

Maybe “hope and healing” will work better than “hope and change” did...


2 posted on 06/06/2014 1:20:29 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: rey

The murder rate in Detroit is down 24% this year compared to the same time period last year but I doubt any Chicago pols want to contemplate why.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 1:23:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Why?


4 posted on 06/06/2014 1:27:37 PM PDT by expat2
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To: rey

To solve the violence problem in Chicago:

Ban Public Unions
School Choice
Ban all government assistance except to married folks
Encourage all law abiding citizens to buy guns
Celebrate when they kill thugs
Lock up the thugs. Put them in chain gains.
Allow the new non-union police force to go after the thugs
Reduce taxes. Reduce regulations. Encourage all sorts of businesses (jobs) to come back to Chicago.

Parents + jobs + 2nd Amendment + non public unions = less crime


5 posted on 06/06/2014 1:28:27 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: rey

Politicians say this time they really, truly have a plan to fight Chicago’s violence

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Really? I thought violence in Chicago WAS down. Ther ferals had killed each other so much so that there was hardly anyone else to shoot.

I guess breeding and importing new victims keeps the dream alive.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 1:33:53 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: expat2

1. Detroit is an open carry city with a growing number of people carrying.

2. a good police chief who supports armed citizens and has ended idiotic feel good community outreach programs in favor of actual police work.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 1:36:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2banana

Be serious. How can all that be a better solution than politicians holding hands? /s


8 posted on 06/06/2014 1:39:24 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: rey

Who says that you need an honorable discharge from the military to be elected to office in Chicago.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 1:42:07 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: rey

That neighborhood festival ought to do the trick.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 1:47:43 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: 2banana

And all this time I thought Midnight Basketball was to solve the problem.


11 posted on 06/06/2014 1:54:10 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: rey

Fifty years of LBJ’s “Great Society” has destroyed the black family. Now, young black men look to gang members and rappers for role models instead of solid father figures.


12 posted on 06/06/2014 1:58:34 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Cboldt

I’m betting there will be shootings/violence at this festival.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 1:58:50 PM PDT by umgud
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To: rey

Have they tried free ballet classes for “disadvantaged youth” yet?


14 posted on 06/06/2014 2:00:45 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: rey

Is the Cook County Board Presidents name Toni Preckwinkle?
Or did they spell it wrong.


15 posted on 06/06/2014 2:04:19 PM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: rey

TRANSLATION: “Gibs me dat.”


16 posted on 06/06/2014 2:11:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: rey

The white areas of Chicago are safe. What’s the problem?


17 posted on 06/06/2014 2:11:46 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: cripplecreek

Left-wing Detroit is open carry? Are you sure? Since when?


18 posted on 06/06/2014 2:17:30 PM PDT by expat2
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To: expat2
Yes I'm sure. Michigan is open carry and state law supersedes municipal laws and ordinances.

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NRA interview with Detroit Police Chief James Craig
19 posted on 06/06/2014 2:28:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: expat2

Michigan has been an open carry state for years. Detroit’s current police chief is an advocate for an armed public, so the city doesn’t have the illegal/unconstitutional practice of hassling people who are legally armed.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 2:29:27 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: rey

Since Chicago politicians are part of the violence problem how are they going to cure it, -drop dead?


21 posted on 06/06/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: Cboldt
Chief Craig used to be a typical authoritarian big city cop who saw armed citizens as a threat. Then he ended up in Maine where he saw lots of armed people and a low crime rate.

Detroit police chief: Want crime to drop? Start carrying

Detroit police chief: Armed citizens can make city safer

Detroit Police Chief Warns Criminals: People Will Protect Themselves

Detroit Police Chief, Gracing Cover Of NRA Magazine, Defends Stance On Right To Bear Arms
22 posted on 06/06/2014 2:46:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: catnipman
Have they tried free ballet classes for “disadvantaged youth” yet?

No, but there are a lot of free bullet classes in that part of Chiraq.

23 posted on 06/06/2014 2:50:18 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: cripplecreek
I lived in a small Michigan town years ago, and all handguns were registered, owner fingerprinted. I don't know if that is still the practice, but if it is, then it's easy for LEO to check the person carrying openly. Concealed carry was tough to get, except for "hunting and target" which makes the permission effectively useless for a person desiring defensive carry.

I left MI for Maine in 1984. I don't recall anything noteworthy about Chief Craig during his tenure in Portland, ME. I do remember Chitwood, who went on to Philly. When Chitwood was chief in Portland, he wasn't "against" an armed public, but he wasn't an advocate for it either. Plenty of yahoos around these parts, but not many of them (not even the "angry" hard ass types) are inclined to take intentional violence to a deadly level.

24 posted on 06/06/2014 2:56:31 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt
That neighborhood festival ought to do the trick.

LOL - yeah, I was thinking that too. Nothing like a Chicago block party to end crime... well, maybe a 'march' with big handmade signs... and a booth to sign up young people for 'job training'. Yep, you've got it - the killing's are gonna stop. Festival's the answer.

25 posted on 06/06/2014 3:24:44 PM PDT by GOPJ (https://www.projectveritas.com/home/)
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To: Cboldt
That neighborhood festival ought to do the trick.

LOL - yeah, I was thinking that too. Nothing like a Chicago block party to end crime... well, maybe a 'march' with big handmade signs... and a booth to sign up young people for 'job training'. Yep, you've got it - the killing's are gonna stop. Festival's the answer.

I'm amazed Mick Dumke can write this stuff with a straight face...

26 posted on 06/06/2014 3:25:47 PM PDT by GOPJ (https://www.projectveritas.com/home/)
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To: rey

we’re just going to treat everyone like prisoners.


27 posted on 06/06/2014 3:51:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: rey

“We were not in here pointing fingers,” he said. “We were holding hands.”

Idiots, the lot of them.


28 posted on 06/06/2014 3:52:44 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: rey

I have no idea of who this writer is, but is he so limited in his vocabulary that he must use a vulgar expression?

viz. ...who’d proposed ideas or who’d tried to cover their asses....


29 posted on 06/06/2014 4:00:32 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Just treating gang members like the terrorists they are would be a good start.


30 posted on 06/06/2014 4:00:45 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Bigg Red

Must be one of those free alternative Thursday newspapers with the ads for prostitutes and head shops in the back


31 posted on 06/06/2014 4:02:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Farmer Dean

they won’t and don’t treat democrat voters of this clique that way. they’re trying to find ways to get them out of jail so they can vote democrat.


32 posted on 06/06/2014 4:20:25 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Well,I can offer another solution to the problem.They would like it even less.


33 posted on 06/06/2014 4:24:07 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: catnipman
Have they tried free ballet classes for “disadvantaged youth” yet?

LOL - and midnight basketball...

34 posted on 06/06/2014 6:32:44 PM PDT by GOPJ (https://www.projectveritas.com/home/)
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To: Cboldt

Interesting — I didn’t know.


35 posted on 06/06/2014 7:40:33 PM PDT by expat2
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To: rey

I guess they are getting ready for m. obama’s run for the Senate.


36 posted on 06/06/2014 8:53:31 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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