LETTER THE EDITOR OF THE SUN-TIMES: MANUFACTURING TRAINING AND JOBS CAN CURB VIOLENCE


In Maudlyne Ihejirika’s article titled “Chicago needs urban renewal not tweets” (Feb. 7), she reports that Austin area community leaders urged the president to focus his attention, and a healthy chunk of resources, on poverty eradication and jobs rather than on rhetoric. This group, citing a recent study on violence and poverty in the African-American community from University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, pointed out that the root cause of the violence plaguing communities like Austin is a tragic lack of an educational infrastructure linked to jobs and economic opportunity (to read entire letter follow the link.

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