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    Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    With gun and gang violence in Chicago reaching new heights, First Lady Michelle Obama has decided to return home to find answers.

    According to the White House, Mrs. Obama is scheduled to lead a city-wide discussion on youth empowerment and combating violence in the Windy City at a luncheon on April 10th.

    “First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown to address local business and community leaders about providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential,” the statement reads. Particpating leaders will include Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Allstate Corporation President Thomas J. Wilson and Loop Capital CEO James Reynolds, Jr.

    Most recently, 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot five times in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn. The attack happened while her father was changing her diaper in their minivan.....snip~

    Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion | Celebrity News & Style for Black Women

    Michelle Obama is going home. The First Lady will travel to Chicago next month to partake in a luncheon designed to address the city’s youth and gun violence. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel organized the luncheon, titled “Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago,” to build a coalition of leaders and civic organizations invested in finding solutions for the gun violence plaguing the city. Some of the expected attendees include civic organizations like World Business Chicago and the Economic Club as well as business leaders like Thomas J. Wilson, Chairman, President and CEO of the Allstate Corporation.

    “Chicago’s businesses are partnering with social service professionals and community groups to make our neighborhoods safer for innocent children,” Wilson said in a press release from Emanuel’s office. “The current level of violence has been decades in the making and is unacceptable. It’s time to fix this the Chicago way, working together.”

    The attendees will gauge possible solutions to curb gun violence, but according to DNAinfo Chicago, Obama and Emanuel are also gathering these influencers to raise $50 million to support Emanuel’s initiative to increase youth engagement.

    Michelle Obama Heads to Chicago to Discuss Youth Gun Violence | Clutch Magazine


    Looks Like the FLOTUS is going to get in on the Gun issue while addressing Youth Violence. Thoughts? Seems Obama wants a full scale assault to try and get some sort of victory out of his losing Gun Control Issue.

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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    Gang violence in Chicago is a bit of a problem, isnt it? Or are you trying to imply there is some evil intent in her involvement?
    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    With gun and gang violence in Chicago reaching new heights, First Lady Michelle Obama has decided to return home to find answers.

    According to the White House, Mrs. Obama is scheduled to lead a city-wide discussion on youth empowerment and combating violence in the Windy City at a luncheon on April 10th.

    “First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown to address local business and community leaders about providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential,” the statement reads. Particpating leaders will include Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Allstate Corporation President Thomas J. Wilson and Loop Capital CEO James Reynolds, Jr.

    Most recently, 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot five times in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn. The attack happened while her father was changing her diaper in their minivan.....snip~

    Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion | Celebrity News & Style for Black Women

    Michelle Obama is going home. The First Lady will travel to Chicago next month to partake in a luncheon designed to address the city’s youth and gun violence. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel organized the luncheon, titled “Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago,” to build a coalition of leaders and civic organizations invested in finding solutions for the gun violence plaguing the city. Some of the expected attendees include civic organizations like World Business Chicago and the Economic Club as well as business leaders like Thomas J. Wilson, Chairman, President and CEO of the Allstate Corporation.

    “Chicago’s businesses are partnering with social service professionals and community groups to make our neighborhoods safer for innocent children,” Wilson said in a press release from Emanuel’s office. “The current level of violence has been decades in the making and is unacceptable. It’s time to fix this the Chicago way, working together.”

    The attendees will gauge possible solutions to curb gun violence, but according to DNAinfo Chicago, Obama and Emanuel are also gathering these influencers to raise $50 million to support Emanuel’s initiative to increase youth engagement.

    Michelle Obama Heads to Chicago to Discuss Youth Gun Violence | Clutch Magazine


    Looks Like the FLOTUS is going to get in on the Gun issue while addressing Youth Violence. Thoughts? Seems Obama wants a full scale assault to try and get some sort of victory out of his losing Gun Control Issue.
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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    While these "programs" always talk of youth jobs they rarely deliver them. Most are simply "activity programs" to lessen the boredom of life in the hood targetted at those minority males below 18 years of age and to expose them to men with jobs. If the $1,100 annual per person cost of B.A.M. reduces violent crime by 44% then it is definitely cost effective, yet is limitted to those that stay in school. I have not been able to find any cost/benefit analysis for the Windy City Hoops program.

    Some of the initiatives Emanuel, Obama and Wilson are interested in funding is Windy City Hoops, a year-round basketball league aimed at engaging at-risk young adults, and Becoming A Man, a program sponsored by the Youth Guidance organization. Chicago has already invested $4.5 million in these programs because they reduce failing grades and arrests, increase graduate rates and keep youth from joining gangs according to Emanuel’s office. Becoming A Man boasts a 10 percent in graduation rates and a 44 percent decrease in violent crime arrests.
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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    Gang violence in Chicago is a bit of a problem, isnt it? Or are you trying to imply there is some evil intent in her involvement?
    I would say it is.....although I don't see that I am Implying anything other than the FLOTUS is getting in on the gun theme, while addressing youth violence.

    Were you thinking that all youth violence is associated with or to gang activity?

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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    I would think most youth violence in Chicago was gang related. I thought you were trying to imply there was some sinister motivation for her, like to take our guns or something.
    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    I would say it is.....although I don't see that I am Implying anything other than the FLOTUS is getting in on the gun theme, while addressing youth violence.

    Were you thinking that all youth violence is associated with or to gang activity?
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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    While these "programs" always talk of youth jobs they rarely deliver them. Most are simply "activity programs" to lessen the boredom of life in the hood targetted at those minority males below 18 years of age and to expose them to men with jobs. If the $1,100 annual per person cost of B.A.M. reduces violent crime by 44% then it is definitely cost effective, yet is limitted to those that stay in school. I have not been able to find any cost/benefit analysis for the Windy City Hoops program.



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    One I heard Emanuel talking about was increasing the Mentors.....although MO did tell people last time that it starts with the parents.

    But Park Services aren't like they use to be with programs for kids either. Although Emanuel wants to come up with more events with volunteering in helping to clean up neighborhoods.

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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    I would think most youth violence in Chicago was gang related. I thought you were trying to imply there was some sinister motivation for her, like to take our guns or something.
    Well they have a lot of talk going on with bullying and the likes. Which I am sure a lot of that is gang related. But not so much with the littler kids. As to the FLOTUS this will mark the first time she is really saying something about guns before the camera. When she does make the remarks. Although I am sure you can see the Political Strategy with her going in this direction. While Obama heads off on his, at the same time.

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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    she is more eloquent than her husband. no small feat
    only hope her efforts gain traction
    Text of Michelle Obama's speech on youth violence - chicagotribune.com
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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    At least she is trying to address the causes of violence rather than just the tools used. Helping kids make productive and fullfilling use of their time can only help.

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    Re: Michelle Obama Heads To Chicago For Youth Gun Violence Discussion.....

    Someone should ask her what she thinks about all those men with guns guarding her daughters are actually doing? Don't they know guns are dangerous around children?

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