HYDE PARK —Continuing his promise to put a spotlight on gun violence, the Rev. Al Shaprton hosted a town hall meeting Thursday at Hyde Park Academy High School to hear solutions from panelists and residents.
What he heard over and over again was that more jobs for young men would reduce shootings.
"More jobs are needed to stop the rash of gun violence. It is hard to be outside shooting and robbing people when you are at work or worried about losing your job," said Harold Lucas, a 69-year-old community activist and president and CEO of theBlack Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council, a nonprofit organization in Bronzeville.
It seems Reverend Al Sharpton has been holding some town hall meetings in Chicago, trying to sell "Gun control" in meetings with the local "grass roots."
I wondered why I hadn't seen much coverage of this. I finally started digging and found this. It seems the residents have been giving Reverend Al an earful about jobs, foreclosures, and corruption at city hall (especially "the fifth floor" i.e. the mayor's office).
One 82 year old reverend at this Hyde Park event even called for "TEA Party" style town hall meetings all over Chicago.