On any day given day, you can turn on the news and hear stories about the violence, crime, and tragedies in Chicago. What is missing from that narrative is that those neighborhoods are not just buildings and bullets, but they are filled with families and people who are faced with harsh realities like being afraid to walk to the park and trauma of losing loved ones to violence.
While the root causes of the violence are complex, the outcome has been the same...death, fear and suffering for people that want to thrive and live in a safe community. There have been solutions proposed from multiple stakeholders at many levels of government, but it seems that our elected officials have not done what is necessary to stem the tide of violence; often leaving our most vulnerable community members to make impossible choices about life and death for their families.
It is in the spirit of community engagement that we seek to capture stories from people like you on how the violence in the city has affected their neighborhoods, and to gather input on what types of changes they would like to see implemented by our elected officials to stop the violence and to provide help for our people. We want to lift up the voices of everyday community members, and make sure that the people most affected by these issues are included in all conversations about the violence and let our elected officials know that our communities have the wisdom and strength to come up with solutions for their neighborhoods.
We are asking folks to answer this brief questionnaire about what is happening in their neighborhoods. This is your chance to tell your story, and to be a part of the process that brings forth solutions to the problems that affect us.