Minister Ciera Walker, Live Free Chicago
Responding to families who have experienced trauma. Live Free focuses on reducing violence.
IL has a "Gun violence" problem across cities throughout the state.
East St. Louis an individual is 19 times more likely to be shot. 78% arrested were Af-Am born into a failed system, People of color who did not have a healthy support systems, victims of school to prison pipeline, poverty. Hurt people, hurt people.
Need targeted relief in these communities.
"gun violence" is a public health epidemic across the state. Need a state wide program/policy.
State declaration "gun violence" is a public health crisis.
Create office of People of color who did not have a healthy support systems for victims of school to prison pipeline, poverty prevention.
Community based solutions - outreach services/resources
Jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities
34,000 illegal guns on the streets - pass SB1966 - invest fees into mental health programs.
"gun violence" is a symptom of racism?
"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." --Samuel Adams