While gun violence has decreased in the city of Chicago over the past two years, the rates of violence are still high and disproportionately so in certain neighborhoods. In the United States as a whole, 2018 marked the deadliest year for gun violence in the past 50 years. But violence is not limited to guns, it takes the form of police brutality, economic injustice, segregation and gentrification. Amidst this violence, youth of color have been organizing to change Chicago and cities across the country to become more peaceful and just places. For this LIVE In The Thick show at DePaul University, Maria and Julio are joined by guests Edna Chavez, national activist and member of Community Coalition and Cosette Hampton, leader with BYP100 Chicago Chapter.
Special thanks to spoken word artist, Assata Lewis for sharing her powerful words in this live show.
ITT Staff Picks:
- The study Julio mentions by the Black Youth Project at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago that found the youth of color were more likely to support gun control than white youth
- Democrats have played it safe on gun reform for decades and the 2020 candidates are no different, via Vox
- Where the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on gun policies, from The Trace