"Chicagoans deserve solutions to the crisis."
That's how WBEZ's Every Other Hour reporting team explains its piece assessing the initial impact of government, philanthropic, and community responses to Chicago's gun violence epidemic. While acknowledging the difficulty in measuring progress at this point, WBEZ's team says "it's important to try" given the depth of the crisis.
"This year opened with gun violence in Chicago as high as last year, when a person was shot nearly every other hour," WBEZ writes. "The rate of shootings has slowed in recent months. The year-to-date shooting victim tally, almost 3,500, is down 18 percent from last year but remains higher than any other year going back more than a decade."
The public media organization asks: "Two years into Chicago's surge in gun violence, WBEZ asks: What's being tried, is it working, and what's next."
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.