Community leaders look for new strategies to fight neighborhood violence
A man some called a national hero for spearheading an anti-violence task force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is bringing his mission to Chicago.
Lt. General (Ret.) Russel Honore joined with community leaders in the Bronzeville neighborhood Thursday to address the issue of violence in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
He says it’s going to take an all-out effort. “Just like if you had a tornado hit this part of town, you get law enforcement from all the region to come help. We’ve got the equivalent of a tornado here. Let’s bring in help from surrounding communities, free up Chicago police so they can come in and control the city,” said Honore.
Honore knows a few things about natural disasters, having wrestled with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He says we have to attack the man-made problems of the inner city in the same way.
Honore met Thursday with students from the Chicago Military Academy in Bronzeville. He says more county, state and federal support is desperately needed to free up Chicago police to bring safety and stability back to neighborhoods.
The root problem of Chicago’s crime problem, says Honore, is poverty and a lack of jobs. He argues it’s much more expensive to incarcerate someone than to educate them.
Honore is in Chicago with The HistoryMakers, a non-profit group sponsoring a talk Thursday night at the Chicago Military Academy, 3519 S. Giles Avenue. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public.
Honore will discuss some of the strategies he used in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and how some of the same out-of-the-box thinking can work here in Chicago.