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Monday, July 07, 2014
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Violence in Chicago over the holiday weekend once again garnered national attention after more than 80 people were shot, at least 15 of them fatally.

"It's Groundhog Day in Chicago," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said on Monday. He ran through a list of the shootings, focusing on the guns the alleged offenders had- and their criminal pasts.

Between 4 p.m. Thursday, July 3, and 3:30 a.m. Monday, 82 people were shot on the streets of Chicago. Fourteen of them died. McCarthy cited lower numbers- and a shorter time span from 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight Monday - during his news conference.

In eight incidents, Chicago police officers were threatened or shot at and returned fire, McCarthy said. Police wounded five people, killing two of them, in those shootings. The police-involved shootings are under review, as standard procedure.

Who are the murderers and their victims? A 2011 Chicago police analysis found 90 percent of murder victims in the city are men, 76 percent of victims have prior arrest records, and the most common ages of killers are 17 and 18 years old.

He said over the holiday weekend hundreds of extra police officers were on patrol across in many of the most violent dangerous neighborhoods.

"There are no swings. No basketball courts. They holler, 'This is my turf.' No. I pay $1,200 a year in taxes. This is my turf. OK. And they need something for young people," Washington said.

"The gun violence that was part of this weekend was totally unacceptable to every resident from the city of Chicago regardless of where they lift," Emanuel said. "Where are the parents? Where are the communities? Where are the gun laws?"

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With 82 people shot in Chicago,
why is Chicago letting one of the best youth not-for-profits in America, in one of Chicago's most violent communities, close its doors?
Diane Lakiter and youth in front of former community center for Kids Off The Block. Program is now being run from her house, again. Shame on all of us!

Remarkable Woman: Diane Latiker
Kids Off the Block founder opens
home, heart, to children in need

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Tribune newspapers
December 12, 2011

Diane Latiker balked when her mother first suggested she get the neighborhood teens off the street by inviting them into her home.

"For the life of me I didn't want to do it," said Latiker, a mother of eight living in the gang-torn Roseland community on Chicago's far South Side.

But after praying on it, Latiker decided for the sake of her youngest daughter, Aisha, 13 at the time, to open her doors to youth needing a safe haven from broken homes and violence-plagued streets. What began as 10 of Aisha's friends hanging out in her living room soon grew to 20 kids pushing into her dining room, then 40, and more.

"One day I looked up and there were 75 young people in my apartment," said Latiker, who was living in the modest three-bedroom two-flat with her husband, daughter and mother.

Latiker got rid of furniture to make room for the kids and sold the family's TV to buy six used computers, setting them up in her dining room. The idea was that the teens would come after school, but they came whenever they needed. Some showed up at 6 a.m., Latiker said. Others would spend the night sleeping on her floor. She came to be known as "mom" to many.

Eight years later, some 1,500 kids have cycled through Latiker's nonprofit, Kids Off The Block, which now runs out of a squat brick building, formerly a liquor store, at 117th Street and Michigan Avenue, a few doors down from her house.

(Latiker has been honored by as a ComEd "Neighborhood Hero" 2014; a Defender "Women of Excellence Awardee" 2014; a BET "Shine Your Light Awardee" 2013; a Red Cross "Community Impact Awardee" 2012; and a CNN "Top Ten Hero Awardee" 2011.)

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Head stones for hundreds of youth killed in Chicago at a memorial site managed by Kids Off the Block
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as We Invite Parents to an "Action Meeting" on Reducing Violence in Chicago
Only Committed, Engaged Parents Can Effectively Reduce Violence in Chicago
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:00 am
The Black Star Project, Suite 2B
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information.
The Community Plan to Reduce Violence in Chicago
If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail
Inspired by the peacemaking efforts of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in Chicago, the Fruit of Islam men of Muhammad Mosque No. 45 in Houston took to the streets to promote peace on July 16, 23 & 28, 2012. The brothers visited the Southwest Side. And also Crestmont and Villa Americana Apartment Complexes in the Southeast area. (Photo by Jesse Muhammad).
Community Asking for a Re-Direct of
$100 Million in Police Overtime in 2013 to
$100 Million in Community Literacy,
Mentoring, Parenting and Employment Programs to Reduce Violence
The community plan includes:
1) Establish and fund 8 Community Enterprise Zones for $12 million each with police overtime money, which will include job training, entrepreneurship, small business development, jobs and corporate/community partnerships in the communities with the highest rates of violence. A community advisory board made up of community members and some government officials will govern the Community Enterprise Zones.
2) Establish Community Safety Patrols of community members that will operate on main thorough fares, in business districts, at transportation hubs and in the communities with the highest rates of violence. These men and women are not police officers will not have police powers. Their job is to promote community safety in ways that the police cannot. We would request The Nation of Islam to do the training of the Community Safety Patrols.
3) Establish a street corner mentoring of young men that puts mentors in the lives of young men on street corners, at liquor stores, at barbershops and other places that these young men frequent. Arm these mentors with resources that include educational opportunities, fatherhood programs, employment opportunities, expungement, recreational activities, gang deactivation programs and other needed resources.
4) initiate a "Ban the Box" legislative initiative to de-criminalize citizens who are returning to their communities from prison. They have served their time. This will help rebuild the workforce and family units in these communities.
5) Establish a Community Clean-up Corps of young men cleaning, building and beautifying the communities of which some of them are now terrorizing.
Please call Chicago's City Hall at 312.744.5000 and ask for the Mayor's Office or go to www/ and click on "Contact us" to request this plan. Please request that the City of Chicago support and implement the "The Community Plan to Reduce Violence!"
Click Here to see the men from the Nation of Islam, Mosque No. 45 bring discipline, order, peace and hope to the streets of Houston.

Please call The Black Star Project at 773.285.9600 for more information about this plan.

By Michael Holzman
June 30, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress periodically measures literacy skills at grades four, eight, and 12.
The results are reported at four levels: At Basic and below Basic; at Proficient and at Advanced for each grade level. As reading is the basis for all other education, and as by grade eight schooling has had ample time to be effective, grade eight reading proficiency can be taken as a good indicator of the quality of education available to students.
The quality of the data made available by NAEP allows us to identify those factors most significant in determining whether a child will grow up in the virtuous circle of good educational opportunities and class mobility, or the vicious circle of poor educational opportunities and caste sedimentation.
In 1992, nine percent of black students in grade eight read at the Proficient level and for all practical purposes no black students read at the Advanced level. Twenty-one years later, in 2013, 16 percent of black students read at the Proficient level in grade eight and one percent read at the Advanced level. Although the percentage of black students reading a grade level or above in grade eight has doubled, 83 percent of African American students still read below the level expected at grade eight.
According to U.S. Department of Education data for the 2011-12 school year, the most recent available, there were 586,231 black students and in eighth grade. Therefore, there were nearly half a million black students reading below grade level and almost exactly 100,000 black students reading at or above grade level in grade eight, which is one-third the number that would be expected if Black students had equal educational opportunities to those afforded white students.
Black students who reported that their parents who had graduated from high school were at or above grade level 9 percent of the time in 2013. For black students who said that their parents had some education after high school, 21 percent were at Proficient or above in 2013. The black children of college graduates were at or above grade level 22 percent of the time.
Twenty percent of black students, without regard to family income or parental education attainment, attending schools in the suburbs, as compared to 14 percent in city schools, read at or above grade level.
Twenty-two percent of black eighth graders whose parents had completed college were at least proficient readers as compared to 8 percent of those whose parents had not completed high school.
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