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(Rainbow PUSH Coalition)

Amid reports of yet another young life lost to gun violence in Chicago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called the surge of shootings in the city over the Fourth of July weekend “a national disgrace” that spotlights the need for “a reconstruction plan” for its most poverty-stricken areas.

In an interview with WGN on Monday evening, Jackson said the city is in “a state of emergency” after the closing of 50 of its public schools, the shuttering of dozens upon dozens of grocery and drug stores and a growth in the number of vacant lots, particularly on the city’s south and west sides where much of the weekend’s violence occurred.

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