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Preventing Violence and Protecting Children

Preventing Violence and Protecting Children

CHICAGO (WLS) — After two dangerous and deadly weekends in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown said it would be an all-hands-on-deck approach to keeping people safe over the July Fourth holiday.

ABC 7 Chicago spoke with two people who have long been working in Chicago neighborhoods to address violence.

Diane Latiker founded Kids Off the Block, turning her Roseland home into a safe place for children.

Chris Patterson, the senior director of programs and policy at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, also joined ABC 7 Chicago.

The organization is putting 150 people on the street over the weekend with the goal of preventing violence.

Watch the full segment on the ABC7 website.

“Pick Up & Go” Event

“Pick Up & Go” Event

On Wednesday June 3, 2020, Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) hosted a Pop Up “Pick Up & Go” Event!!!

In a span of 4 hours we gave away: 600 meals, 500 cups of sanitizer, 415 pairs of gloves and 3,722 masks!

When I tell you the Young People showed up and showed out, they shut down Michigan Ave, cars were lined up because we came off the lot and into the streets! Thank you so much to all the Volunteers and Donors including Art of Giving Foundation, Larry Mollner, Project Isaiah, Masks4Chi!!!

Founder of South Side nonprofit doles out COVID-19 supplies to hard hit black community

Founder of South Side nonprofit doles out COVID-19 supplies to hard hit black community

Diane Latiker has never been one to wait for others to solve problems.

After all, she started her nonprofit Kids Off the Block 16 years ago by opening up her own living room to at-risk youth to curb gang violence, quickly gaining national recognition that included being honored as a CNN hero and one of L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth.

Before the spotlight was turned on the disproportionate COVID-19 deaths among African Americans — and social determinants fueling them — Latiker knew the disadvantaged population she served in Roseland would be hard hit.

After the Chicago Public Schools closed March 17, she and her husband set up a tent at 115th Street & Michigan Avenue, offering burgers, chips and juice to any hungry youth.

“I was sitting in my bedroom watching all the devastating coronavirus news and feeling afraid, even with my faith as strong as it is. So I prayed, and it came to me,” said the 63-year-old mother of eight and grandmother of 15.

“We’d wait for young people to come by, and ask them, ‘Hey, did you eat today? Did you go to the school?’ They’d say, ‘No,’ and we’d give them a meal. Then the homeless heard we were out there, and started coming. Now we were feeding them too.”

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Barack Obama leaves complicated legacy for black America

Barack Obama leaves complicated legacy for black America

Read the whole article at the Financial Times website.