Justice And Liberty For All: An All-American Undocumented Girl
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Chicago is one of the most violent cities in the U.S. Over the past weekend at least 40 people were shot and 4 were killed. Tragically this is a common headline in the city we call home. Since the beginning of 2014, 183 people have died due to gun violence.The reality of everyday life for many who live in Chicago resembles life lived in a war zone. How is this tolerated in the “land of the free”?GlobalGirl Media Chicago reporters reflect on the issue of the gun violence epidemic in their communities.
“Violence to me is the killer of our future leaders. When I hear the word violence I think of my hometown Chicago. I think of teens dying and mothers losing their children to violence. Violence to me means danger. I fear for my life in Chicago, I have a true passion of changing Chiraq back to Chi-Town,” writes Che’mari Kent.
“I live in Chicago in the Englewood neighborhood, where much of the violence in the city takes place. Every time I go outside I see police cars and I hear sirens. Humans are killing each other everyday over the smallest things. Violence is bad, cruel, sadist, and savage,” writes Skakyra Jones.
“Violence is the word that is described as hatred, getting even, angry. Chicago. And yeah I said Chicago, because everybody’s favorite line to say, “Chicago is a bad place to live, and this and that.” So yeah when I think of the word violence and what it means to me, I’ll say Chicago,” writes Shalonda Cox.
“Violence is the core of everyone’s pain. This is what destroys our community and makes it into something that shouldn’t have evolved. Violence means tragedy. This is what causes the tears of young boys, girls, parents, and loved ones. Forty percent of gang members are juveniles, leaving 60% of them adults. This is horrible,” writes Teka Johnson.
“I didn’t even know the victim but I can’t help but think what if the victim was me? Every morning you hear about another shooting… another beating… another hopeless person taking heat thinking ‘God please don’t take me.’ All I can think is what if that were me,” writes Nina Greene.