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Chicago Native Morehouse Student says Enough is Enough Chicago!
“A Chicago native Morehouse student plans a response to violence in Chicago and lack of jobs for youth”
CHICAGO - While most 21-year-olds are enjoying their summer vacations, Corliss High School Alum and Morehouse College junior Corey Hardiman and Student Activist and Morehouse College junior Stephen A. Green are organizing a response to Chicago's increasing violence.
Hardiman said he was inspired to take action this summer after hearing a news report about the alarming rate of homicides in Chicago this summer.
“I developed a vision for a gathering of youth on the steps of city hall,” he said, “standing up against the violence and calling for its immediate end and increased jobs for young people.”
This vision is the foundation of the Enough is Enough Rally that will take place on August 13 at 9 a.m. at the City Hall. The purpose of the rally is to empower Chicago youth to speak out against violence, demand funding for community youth centers and increasing the amount of youth jobs.
Prior to the rally, Hardiman and Green are requesting an immediate
meeting with the Mayor and City officials to discuss the increasing violence, funding for community youth centers, and lack of youth jobs before July 30. If the meeting is not granted, the duo plan to lead students from across the city in an act of civil disobedience at the Mayor's office on July 31.
“There is a crisis in Chicago and we are serious about getting youth off the streets and into a job,” Green said.
Statistics report a 39 percent spike in Chicago's homicide rate. Further, Chicago has a 53% unemployment of black males according to the Chicago Urban League.
Hardiman and Green hope that those who come to the Enough is Enough Rally will be motivated to help end teen violence and become more civically engaged.
Hardiman said, “It is my desire that Enough is Enough is just the catalyst or the beginning of a movement to end teen violence in Chicago and around the Nation.”