A Plea for Peace
WYCC PBS Chicago
An epidemic is sweeping Chicago, and its effect has been devastating. The city known for its beautiful skyline and four seasons has earned some unwanted notoriety: gang violence.
According to reports, halfway through 2012, the number of people killed in Chicago surpassed the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan. At that time, 144 Americans had been killed in Afghanistan, while 228 people died in our own backyard. Neighborhoods throughout the city are under attack and residents are calling for help. Chicago is pleading for peace.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 at the Kennedy-King College Main Theater, WYCC PBS Chicago taped a special panel discussion on violence in Chicago - A Plea for Peace: A Town Hall Meeting on Violence in Chicago. The event was hosted by journalist Lilia Chacon and comedian Tony Sculfield. Special guests included Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy and rap artist Rhymefest. Audience members had the opportunity to listen and contribute to the conversation. Together with our community and civic leaders, we addressed concerns and sought solutions for dealing effectively with the violence in our city.
Rhymefest - Rap Artist
Diane Latiker - Founder/President, Kids Off The Block
Bob Jackson - Executive Director, CeaseFire Roseland
Minister Rahim Aton - Board Member, Pastors of Englewood
Dr. Lance Williams - Professors, Northeastern University
Edilberto Vazquez - Former Gang Member/Mentor
Garry McCarthy - Superintendent, Chicago Police Department
Pamela Bosley - Mother of slain teen Terrell Bosley