Homicides are down in Chicago compared to 2016, but the city is still on pace to have more than New York and Los Angeles combined, according to year-end stories in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Tribune. In a follow-up editorial, the Tribune emphasizes the importance of continuing with police reforms. The coverage makes clear that the issues are complex and solutions are anything but simple. While community voices are frustrated by the pace of progress and fearful of continuing violence, the best hope for bringing peace and safety to all of Chicago's communities is a comprehensive approach combining more effective law enforcement, common-sense gun regulation, direct engagement with young people at risk of violent encounters, robust family services for the communities most directly affected, and greater economic investments in every neighborhood of Chicago.
If you are an employer, you can hire young people at risk. If you are a community leader, you can help improve police-community relations. If you are a health care provider, you can support trauma-informed care to gun violence victims. If you are a funder, you can support any one of these efforts. Whatever you do, your voice matters when you speak up in support of policies that can make our neighborhoods safer. Reach out to learn more.