Victims of gun violence speak at National Violence Summit

Some of the most influential members of the Congressional Black Caucus gathered at Chicago State University Friday, to host an emergency National Summit on Violence.  The goal is simple– to come up with new ideas on how to reduce shootings that plague America’s cities and nowhere is the problem more serious than here in Chicago.

During her introductory speech, California Representative Maxine waters discussed the need to focus on high school dropouts.

Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43) “We’re not simply talking about summer jobs programs, we’re talking about how do we embrace them, get them back into school. Look for jobs at the right places.”

Mayor Emmanuel attended the first hour of the summit, thanking his former colleagues in congress for bringing national attention to the city of Chicago.

“We will not rest until Roseland as safe,” he said, “South Shore as safe as Sauganash, that is commitment we need to make in city of Chicago”

Congressman Bobby Rush says curbing gun violence in Chicago isn’t just about passing new laws- he says nothing will get done without the help of parents and community support groups.

“We can’t legislate our way out of it. We gotta be wise about it, so we can get out of it,” he said.

Reverend Jesse Jackson spent his time discussing grave statistics that cast a dark cloud over Chicago’s minority communities, saying “We need money for poverty and health care for the sick, we do not need more police we need more teachers… Should learn how to lay a brick and not throw a brick.”

Pastor Corey Brooks is hosting a small extension of the summit Saturday, with a march for peace at the corner of Roosevelt road and Michigan Avenue at noon.

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