ABC 7 CHICAGO TO HOST SEVENTH IN SERIES OF VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS, DO YOU HEAR ME? A DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE, MODERATED BY ABC 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS ANCHOR/REPORTER CHERYL BURTON

ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago’s Number One station for news, presents the seventh installment in a series of virtual town halls, DO YOU HEAR ME?  A DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE, Thursday, July 16 at 2 PM on abc7chicago.com.  The hour-long town hall will be moderated by ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter Cheryl Burton.

Violence in Chicago has spiked, particularly on Chicago’s West and South Sides.  The resulting feelings of senselessness and trauma were heightened with reports that innocent young children died after being caught in the crossfire, one at a family party, others in their own home.

Drug wars, unemployment, and poverty are among some of the contributing factors to be discussed during this town hall. Cheryl Burton talks to community leaders from organizations making an effort to heal and uplift their communities in different ways including helping people access critical city services, mentoring programs, violence intervention, and mental health services. The panel will share their perspectives on the most effective ways to decrease violence, why it’s happening to a greater degree in these communities, and their work addressing some of the historic, systemic issues behind it.

ABC 7 Facebook followers are invited to submit questions in advance for possible consideration.

Panelists include:

  • Vaughn Bryant, Communities Partnering 4 Peace, and Metropolitan Peace Initiatives
  • Vondale E. Singleton, Sr., C.H.A.M.P.S.
  • Helen Evans, Evans, and Evans Counseling Services, Inc.
  • Sandra Warren-Holder, Ada Park Advisory Council

The virtual town hall will also exclusively stream live on ABC 7’s Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7’s app, and ABC 7’s connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Roku.

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