Restoring trust and transforming the relationship between the community and the Chicago Police Department is key to addressing gun violence and police accountability in Chicago, according to the Chicago Women Take Action (CWTA) Gun Violence Prevention and Police Accountability Committee.
Rev. Janette Wilson, Operation PUSH, and also a member of the CWTA Gun Violence Prevention and Police Accountability Committee, said of gun violence prevention in Chicago. “None of us are safe until all of use are safe.”
Rabbi Lizzi Heydermann, Mishkan Chicago and CWTA Gun Violence Committee member. “We are all worthy of dignity, respect and equal treatment. We still haven’t learned this lesson. … Without fundamental shifts of people with power and privilege in this city we will not succeed in changing the reality on the ground with those suffering from the effects of gun violence.”
Pam Bosley of Purpose Over Pain. Restoring trust and transforming the relationship between the community and the Chicago Police Department is key to addressing gun violence and police accountability in Chicago, according to the Chicago Women Take Action (CWTA) Gun Violence Prevention and Police Accountability Committee.
Karoli Esparza, Senior at Francis Parker High School. Re gun violence prevention: “I believe it is time to set aside our differences and make Chicago safer for me, you, the woman that who walks home ever day from the bus stop, the street vendor at 26th and Park, and for everyone. Implementing a hiring practice that ensures diversity in the Chicago Police force can make a big difference. As a Latina I don’t see many police officers that look like me around my community. This makes me me think of my neighbors who have to call the police in an emergency and don’t know how to communicate due to a language barrier.
Colleen Daley of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and a member of the CWTA Committee, said of gun violence prevention in Chicago: “We want to license the gun stores in Illinois with basic security measures in the store, background checks on employees, keeping accurate records. This is common sense legislation. 85% of people in Illinois support our measure so we need you to each out to your state representatives and call them today and say ‘Yes’ to Senate Bill 1657.”
Candace Coleman of Access Living said of police accountability and gun violence prevention: “I stand here today because there is opportunity in this policy to impact at the school level. We believe more counselors and less cops in the schools.”
Laura Washington, a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times, (right) takes notes at the press conference at which the CWTA Committee released its policy recommendations for police accountability and gun violence prevention in Chicago.