There are thousands of articles online at this point about the gun violence in Chicago and the larger issue of gun violence throughout this country. However as it relates to Chicago……there is so much to be said and done that one hardly knows where to start. We can talk about access to guns, a rigged prison-industrial complex, gang retaliation, aggressive police tactics, a lack of economic opportunity, a culture of nihilism in certain urban communities, a lack of quality education in the CPS school system and the attendant lack of life skills preparation, annnnddd the list can go on ad infinitum. It’s simple, this problem is too big to tackle in conventional terms. All of these reasons and at least a dozen others are to blame for the gun violence in Chicago and a multi-prong, swift as possible approach is the only way to make noticeable, measurable, and real progress in not losing so many of our citizens to gun violence and the prison system they disappear into, if they just happen to not lose their life.
Why take the pledge?
Far too many Black youth continue to be demonized, criminalized and murdered.
Enough is enough!
In response to this intensifying crisis, the Black Youth Project (BYP) has launched “The Pledge.”
With “The Pledge,” we are asking individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth and make a commitment to take action and fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis. We at the BYP believe that each person can make a difference by doing something!
By taking The Pledge we not only articulate our concern about black youth, but symbolically unite our voices with others who will work to confront this crisis.
If we each take action, whether it is starting a group, signing a petition, or mentoring a young person in your neighborhood, then we all become a part of the solution.
Stand With Black Youth!
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