Changing Chicago: Reducing Violence in the Windy City

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Chicago is home to some of the greatest architecture, culture, food and people in the country. Frank Sinatra sang about the people in the song My Kind of Town he said, “My kind of people, too. People who smile at you.” If you walk along North Ave Beach during the summer, you’ll see people smiling from ear to ear, if you smile at them, they’ll smile back at you. Or go to a Chicago Bears game, everybody’s for the most part, friendly.
When the Chicago Blackhawks won the championship in 2013, over two millionpeople came out to celebrate at the parade. Even on a local level Chicago fans are supportive; Jackie Robison West Little League was recently in the little league World Series. When they came home, over 12,000 people showed up for their parade. President Obama even called the Jackie Robison’s head coach Darold Butler to congratulate him.
However, it’s also home currently to one of the highest rates of gun violence in the country. In 2012, Chicago had 500 murders; in 2013, the Chicago Tribune reported that there were 440 murders, and is currently reporting 280 murders.
The rapper Common just released an album in July entitled No Buddy’s Smiling. The album was influenced by the ongoing violence occurring in Chicago — Common’s hometown. Common is trying to help out in the community by raising awareness about job creation and other activates through his foundation, the Common Ground Foundation.
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