CHICAGO -- Over a violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago one South Side neighborhood stood apart. Not a single person was shot over the long holiday weekend in Englewood.
No one can say for sure how or why Englewood, a community that is synonymous with gun violence, was able to accomplish such an amazing feat. But credit has to be given to community organizations who stepped up and decided to be proactive.
Autry Phillips, Executive Director of the Target Area Development Corporation, says it is time to reflect on what worked and why there were no shootings in Englewood during the 4th of July weekend.
It helped that Chicago police officers were working 12-hour shifts. And multiple grass roots organizations like Mothers Against Senseless Killings were out in force, preaching peace.
It also helped that Phillips' group received a $400,000 grant from a foundation that wants to remain anonymous to hire community members who were given an intense one-day training on conflict resolution by national trainers.
Calling themselves "7-11 H.I.T." -- short for Health Informed Training -- they spread out in the 7th and 11th police districts with the message of stop the violence.
While it appears to have worked in Englewood, not so much on the West Side, given the shooting death of Amari Brown, 7.
The "7-11" program only runs until the end of July. But Phillips is hoping that other foundations will step up and help fund other programs that work from the inside out to try to solve community violence issues.