Rev. Jesse Jackson calls on White House to help end Chicago violence

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Reverend Jesse Jackson says it will take major federal investments to tackle Chicago’s gun violence, and the key is to address a number of socioeconomic issues that serve as the root of the problem.

He is calling for several federal agencies to step in and lend Chicago a hand.

Jackson, with the backing of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is calling for the White House to lead an emergency summit to address Chicago’s violence, poverty and unemployment.

The civil rights leader is naming names, saying he would like to see the Department of Housing and Urban Development step in to help address neighborhoods plagued by foreclosure, and he wants the Department of Health and Human Services to create more trauma centers in Chicago. He also says the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives need to step in to help regulate the flow of guns and drugs in the city.

Jackson says attacking these deficits, plus employment, will help turn down the dial on Chicago’s shootings.

“This is a war zone, and we need a little help that’s beyond the city’s capacity,” Jackson said. “We’re overwhelmed. We wait for the body count every Monday morning."

He noted that more than 1,000 people were shot this year and about 4,000 were killed in the last two years.

Jackson and Rainbow PUSH are initiating a petition drive to get their message across as well as reaching out to local and state politicians.

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  • GregoryR

    His son is a thief/felon, He has been riding the coattails of MLK and cashing in all the way, why is this man the speaker of a community that is failed? He is not a worthy peer, or judge. Jesse makes excuses and blames, why not be a leader for change, rather than dancing under a Rainbow

    • Funny Ain't It

      Hey Jesse, who’s this Michael guy that bailed out your sonny boy’s two houses from forclosure recently, saving them? The guy starts some super secret and special loan/investment/refinance/ahhmmm company after coming out of prison for securities fraud and he’s a good buddy of yours? Hmmm. Answers please.

  • tayshaun

    Jesse what are you doing to contribute to end the violence in our city besides blaming others and pointing the finger at other people to fix it.

  • DC123

    Go Ahead, call the White House, the line is busy. Actually, its been disconnected, in reference to The Constitution and reality!

  • thelogicalpositivist

    Of course, the Reverend wants a little something-something to end violence. Taxpayers putting money into a community that shoots itself.

    Poverty doesn’t cause crime. Crime causes poverty.

  • James madison

    Jesse let me guess you know which organizations should get the federal money. 90percent for you 10 percent for your. Constituents. Jesse. Be brave go live in englewood and find out where the problems are. Tell you minions to help the police and stop playing that they are deaf dumb and blind. When rhe criminals. See that the nieghbors will tell the po po. Maybe things will improve

  • Dick Beninya

    Ain’t that the community that Obama organized? Ain’t that the community he was a legislator in? If he wasn’t able to correct it then, why now? And the earlier writer is correct….crime makes poverty, poverty does not make crime!

  • arubatom

    Think about the $$ that have gone toward high crime areas already…until people in these areas take responsibility for their actions and for the actions of their punk kids, it will never change. I agree that jail sentences should be mandatory and long for the use of illegally obtained firearms…if the community cannot take responsibility…then put the thugs away for a long, long time!

  • Tikka

    Instead of more gun laws, that don’t get enforced, J.J. should ask that conceal carry permit vouchers be granted to law abiding citizens in high crime areas, so that the $400+ In costs and fees won’t get in the way of them exercising their civil rights of self defense. Maybe even a tax credit for a new handgun purchased by an FFL dealer. This will go VASTLY farther in reducing crime than a new bogus gun law he has NO evidence will do a thing.

  • Lee Beacham

    What possible reason would the Federal Government get involved in the war of Chicago? It’s contained and the complete responsibility of Chicago.

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