Plea to our men: Step up and be visible

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With the escalating shootings within the last few weeks you’d think this was summertime chicago. With the senseless foolery that’s going on — Church’s Chicken shooting that left two boys dead, slain Officer Clifton Lewis and Nicholas Comacho

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With the escalating shootings within the last few weeks you’d think this was summertime chicago. With the senseless foolery that’s going on — Church’s Chicken shooting that left two boys dead, slain Officer Clifton Lewis and Nicholas Comacho who barely lived to see the second day of the new year — we need our men to take back the streets of Chicago.

We’re calling on the men of Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta, Masons, etc. We need you visible on the streets alongside the male youths and young adults that are continuing the foolery.

Take back the streets.

We need for the Black Star Project to get the One Thousand Men of Action (1,000 MOA) mobilized again.

According to the BSP, the 1,000 MOA is a well-structured, comprehensive approach to getting fathers and mentors connected to sons and boys, to reducing violence among youth, improving their behavior and academic performance and increasing safety and a culture of calm in Chicago communities.

1,000 MOA will:

*Recruit, train and develop men who volunteer as mentors and community revitalizers.

*Promote better parenting and fathering.

*Promote and support early childhood education.

*Share information on college enrollment and higher education and development.

*Share information on skill training, job training and entrepreneurship.

*Mentor youth one-on-one, in small groups and in school settings.

*Support recreation centers, sports programs and after-school programs.

*Provide social, emotional and psychological support to youth in the community.

*Help youth and men expunge their criminal records.

*Patrol communities and transportation hubs and interrupt and mediate violence on the streets of Chicago.

*Clean litter and debris in communities and plant flowers, grass, trees and edible gardens.

*Accompany youth for spiritual development at faith-based institutions.

*Support and assist elders in senior-citizen communities.

*Facilitate marriage, family development and community living classes for young men.

*Conduct “Rites of Passage” ceremonies for young men

Men, please step up, step out and help stomp out the violence.

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