CHICAGO (CBS) — The astounding number of shootings and homicides in Chicago last month prompted elected officials and community leaders to call for a series of town hall meetings in neighborhoods hit hardest by gun violence.
Rev. Jesse Jackson was among those calling on all levels of government to attack the poverty, education, drug, and joblessness problems on the South and West Sides as a way to reduce the killing.
“We are facing a crisis of third-world proportions. We deserve better,” he said.
Jackson was joined by a coalition of aldermen, county commissioners, lawmakers, and community activists to announce nine town hall meetings, starting Sept. 13, in what they called “endangered communities,” which have the highest levels of poverty, joblessness and violence.
The announcement was held at the Quincy Street Cultural Center, in the 5500 block of West Quincy Street, the same block where 16-year-old Elijah Sims was shot while out with friends Monday night. Elijah died the next day, one day shy of his 17th birthday.