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Obama meets with at-risk youth ahead of Chicago speech

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I’m back. You got a prob with dat?

31 people shot in your home town over the weekend. Five died. But hey, “optimistic!”

Once a community organizer, always a community organizer.

From ABC News: Former President Barack Obama met Sunday with at-risk young men and boys in his hometown of Chicago before his first major post-presidency speech.

The former president spent time at a roundtable with youth from the organization Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny located in the Roseland/Pullman neighborhood in South Side Chicago where Obama started as a community organizer at age 25.

The CRED program provides job skills and employment opportunities for at-risk young adults.

Spokesman Kevin Lewis says Obama listened to the young men’s stories and shared some of the challenges that he faced growing up. Obama “was optimistic about their potential to positively contribute to their communities and support their families because of the services provided in the program,” Lewis said.

The program was founded by Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, who also attended the meeting.

“The president and Mrs. Obama look forward to working with similar organizations through the Obama Foundation and the My Brother’s Keeper initiative that are already committed to bringing much needed expansion of opportunities in Chicago neighborhoods,” Lewis said.

Obama will speak Monday to young community leaders and organizers at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned.

Obama’s first public engagement comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office.

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This is Chiraq: 11 people shot (2 fatally) on Monday; 15 people shot (3 fatally) in Tuesday violence

blacks protesting black-on-black crimesUnbelievable. At this rate, they are going to kill off each other until no one is left in that town.

From MyFoxChicago: Three people were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in shootings Tuesday across Chicago.

Most recently, a woman was shot to death about 11:35 p.m. in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. Officers responded to a call of a person shot and found 22-year-old Brittany Leflore lying on the sidewalk in the 10700 block of South Indiana, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Leflore, who lived in the neighborhood, had been shot in the abdomen and left ankle and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. Wednesday.

A 25-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were shot to death at 8:17 a.m. in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. They were sitting in a dark vehicle in the 5100 block of South Halsted when a white vehicle pulled up and two people got out and fired shots. The man and woman were both pronounced dead at the scene at 8:30 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Their names have not been released.

Tuesday’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 11:20 p.m., when a 20-year-old man was shot in the back while standing on the sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

About 10 p.m., a 19-year-old man was walking north in the 6100 block of South Hamlin in the West Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side when two males walked up to him and “uttered gang phrases,” police said. One of the males pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, striking the 19-year-old in the left leg. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center.

About 9:30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was walking in the 4500 block of North Clarendon when a white vehicle approached, stopped, and someone exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots, police said. The man suffered gunshot wounds to both arms and his right leg and was taken in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

About that same time, a 19-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was standing near a parked vehicle about 9:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Komensky when he heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. A witness told investigators the shots were fired by someone inside a passing maroon vehicle. The man was shot in the right arm and was taken in good condition to a Mount Sinai Hospital.

On Monday, 11 people were shot in Chicago, two fatally. More than 925 people have been shot in the city so far this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

Read the rest of the story here.

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This is Chiraq: 45 shot, 2 fatally, in Easter weekend violence

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Guess they need more gun control laws, or something.

From MyFoxChicago: Two men were killed and at least 43 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the Easter holiday weekend.

Most recently, a 33-year-old man was shot on the CTA Red Line platform at the Garfield Station on the South Side. He was arguing with another male on the platform in the 200 block of West Garfield when the male took out a handgun and fired multiple shots, according to Chicago Police. The man was shot in the head and chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.

At 2:27 a.m. Sunday, 23-year-old Tywan Anderson and a 19-year-old man were shot by another male while they were standing outside in the 1300 block of South Fairfield in the Douglas Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, authorities said. Anderson, whose home address was not known, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m. The 19-year-old was shot in the left hand and also taken to Mount Sinai, where his condition was stabilized.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 12:25 a.m. Monday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 40-year-old woman was standing with a group of people in a vacant lot in the 300 block of South Kilbourn when she heard shots and felt pain, police said. She suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Less than an hour earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was driving at 11:27 p.m. Sunday eastbound in the 2300 block of West 58th Street when a gray car pulled alongside his vehicle and someone inside fired shots, striking him in both legs, police said. The man was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 40 other people were wounded in citywide shootings between 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. At least 24 of those victims were shot between 5 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Easter Sunday.

Last weekend, seven men were killed and at least 28 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago. More than 900 people have been shot in the city so far this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

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Washington State agrees to pay $3M to family of boy killed by convicted felon/gang member in 2010

Alajawan Brown

The killer had EIGHT prior felonies for assault and was walking free. Unbelievable.

From Seattle Times: The state Department of Corrections (DOC) has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 12-year-old Skyway boy shot in the back by a known gang member on community supervision.

Alajawan Brown stepped off a Metro bus on April 29, 2010, after buying a pair of football cleats with money he made doing lawn work for neighbors.

Curtis Walker — a longtime member of the Blood Pirus street gang who had been in a shootout with a group of Crips gang members at a nearby apartment complex minutes earlier — got out of his car, which was stopped at a red light, and fired twice at Alajawan, striking the boy once in the back.

Alajawan died in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven at South 129th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, less than two miles from his home. Wearing a blue-and-black jacket, the colors worn by the Crips, his death was a case of mistaken identity.

After a three-week trial in early 2012, Walker, now 42, was found guilty of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Walker, who had eight prior convictions for felony assault, tried to pin Alajawan’s death on another man.

But it wasn’t until Walker’s sentencing hearing in March 2012 that Alajawan’s parents, Ayanna and Louis Brown, learned Walker was on DOC supervision for a drug crime and was barred from possessing firearms, said attorney Nate Roberts, who with co-counsel Evan Fuller represented the Browns in their wrongful-death suit, which was settled on Thursday.

DOC spokesman Jeremy Barclay said Alajawan’s death was a tragic loss, but he declined to comment on the specifics of Walker’s community supervision. The department was represented in the lawsuit by the state Attorney General’s Office.

“The department was able to achieve this week’s resolution as a result of the collaborative effort of the Attorney General’s Office and the attorneys representing the Brown family, and for that we are grateful,” Barclay said Friday.

In summer 2012, Ayanna and Louis Brown were profiled in The Seattle Times after they founded the Alajawan Brown Foundation, also known as Alajawan’s Hands. In memory of their son, the couple set up a scholarship fund, and offer tutoring services and hold annual drives to collect backpacks and school supplies, which are then given to low-income schoolchildren in the Renton School District.

The Browns filed their wrongful-death lawsuit against DOC in King County Superior Court in November 2014. DOC argued in court that the lawsuit was filed after the three-year statute of limitations had run out, and a judge agreed, dismissing the suit. The Browns then appealed to the state Court of Appeals.

In December, a panel of appellate judges unanimously sided with the Browns, holding that the clock didn’t start ticking on the statute of limitations until Walker was found guilty of Alajawan’s murder. “The identity of the killer was in question until the verdict was reached,” Roberts said.

After the Browns hired Roberts and Fuller, the attorneys filed a public-disclosure request with DOC and learned Walker “had a lot of law-enforcement contact while on supervision,” Roberts said. They also received an entry from the DOC’s computer system that showed a concerned citizen had phoned Walker’s community-corrections officer eight days before Alajawan was killed and reported that Walker had assaulted his girlfriend, threatened her with a gun and was believed to be selling marijuana out of his apartment, Roberts said. But nothing was done, he said.

Walker routinely refused to answer the door when his community-corrections officer attempted to make home visits — also a flagrant violation of his supervision, according to Roberts.

“They let him have way too long of a leash. He’s a known gang member, and he’s doing the two things he’s absolutely not allowed to be doing — selling drugs and possessing firearms — and they let him get away with it,” Roberts said. “It’s maddening to see that.”

For the Browns, the lawsuit was a way to hold DOC accountable for its deficient supervision of Walker.

“It’s bittersweet,” Roberts said of the settlement. “They’re happy this chapter in the book is closed, but it also brings back this crippling grief. They would give everything in the world to have another day with their boy,” he said.

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Group of Chicagoans turning high crime street corners into ‘Healing Corners’

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Chicago residents trying to make a difference

It’s a start. Since Murder Mayor Emanuel isn’t doing anything, guess the residents need to take matters into their own hands. Good job for these citizens taking action.

From Fox News: Street corners in Chicago can become high crime areas: drug deals, shootings, and some communities see it all too often. But one group wants to turn them all into “Healing Corners.”

It starts with free food, plus books, conversation and lots of hugs to transform a regular corner into a Healing Corner. “We’re setting the example… like this is how you treat your community and this is what a community is,” said Arielle Maldonado, The Healing Corner founder.

Maldonado and a friend started “The Healing Corner” a year and a half ago. A shooting right next to a prayer vigil convinced them they needed to find a new tactic for fighting Chicago’s violence.

The group recently expanded into West Humboldt Park after starting in Garfield Park and Austin. They return again and again to the same west side corners, bringing resources and building relationships.

“You can give someone a flyer for a job fair, but if they don’t have the confidence or the bus fare or the proper clothes to go to that interview or job fair, they’re not going to go,” Maldonado said.

They work on streets all too familiar with violence. Latonya Brown joins them outside Hefferan Elementary, showing the hole in her sweatshirt recently left by a bullet. “I seen them shooting before but to actually have it happen to you…it ain’t right,” she said.

Their main goal is to connect with the young boys and men who hang out at each corner. That’s where Antonio Brown comes in.

As Brown puts it, he used to live the “fast life” selling drugs. Then, a shooting took his 7-year-old son. Now, Brown tries to show the gangbangers another path.

“It’s like people following the wrong foot steps, so I try to be a leader, try to make a change the best way I can,” Brown said.

Click here for more from Fox 32.

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Student gets into Stanford after writing #BlackLivesMatter on application 100 times

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Twofer: Ahmed played the victim and racism/Muslim cards.

From CNN: If you’re applying to college, you can spend hours crafting the perfect admissions essay. Or you can just write the same word 100 times. It worked for Ziad Ahmed.

The Princeton, New Jersey, high school senior was recently admitted to Stanford University after writing #BlackLivesMatter 100 times in response to the application question, “What matters to you and why?”

Ahmed has been flooded with attention since posting his essay answer to Twitter. “First, there was a word limit on the question prompt — you couldn’t have less than 100 words,” he explained in an interview with CNN.

“As I completed my application, my academic work, volunteer activity, extracurricular and activism created a picture, but it became apparent to me as I neared that final question that the picture lacked my voice,” he added. “It was important that to me that the admissions officers literally hear my impatience for justice and the significance of this issue.”

Ahmed, 18, is a practicing Muslim and a self-described activist. He says much of his passion stems from him experiencing racism of his own.

He says he decided to use the hashtag because it conveyed his frustrations with the judicial system’s failure to protect the black community from violence, systemic inequity and political disenfranchisement.

CNN reached out to Stanford to confirm Ahmed’s story. A university spokesman said the school does not comment on student applications.

As a freshman in high school Ahmed founded Redefy, a nonprofit organization that advocates for social justice. Its mission is to defy stereotypes, defeat hate and promote tolerance through workshops for young students.

Ahmed says that as a Muslim who has faced bigotry in the United States he feels an affinity for African-Americans. “The Islamophobia that is heavily present in this country is connected to the legacy of racism and oppression that the black community continues to face,” he said.

Ahmed told CNN he has been bullied online by white extremists since his successful Stanford application made headlines. But he says he’s also been overwhelmed by an outpouring of support and congratulations.

He hopes his story will encourage others to fight intolerance and social inequity.

Ahmed is still deciding which school he will attend. But wherever he goes to college, he said it’s his goal to listen, develop and innovate to become a better advocate and a better citizen. “I am many things, but I am an unapologetic progressive activist first and foremost,” he said.

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Bullet-Proof Vests Suggested For Children in Chiraq

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Is this what it takes to protect children in Chicago?

All those gun control laws in Chiraq and gun violence is still out of control. Good job demorats!

From CBS Chicago: After a violent day in the South Shore neighborhood, a longtime resident questioned why there is no the outrage from black activists. “I see them coming out always downtown protesting against the police. But never do I see them inside the black community,” activist Tio Hardiman said.

Hardiman of Violence Interrupters visited the South Shore neighborhood after seven people were killed in three separate shootings less than 12 hours apart on Thursday.

Hardiman said he wasn’t joking when he suggested that “young people in the South and West Sides of Chicago be equipped with helmets and bullet-proof vests.”

Doc. Matt Harrington, CEO of Ammo Coding Systems, was with Hardiman. He’s behind legislation that would require ammunition manufacturers to make bullets traceable. “Bullets just don’t come from a bullet fairy.”

Chicago’s 9-1-1 operators are supporting this legislation. There has been a heavy police presence in this neighborhood.

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