Stop the Violence: A Search for Solutions
ABC7 Chicago's Ron Magers and Cheryl Burton lead a discussion exploring ways to stem the growing tide of violence against the children of Chicago in STOP THE VIOLENCE: A SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS. Watch it right NOW online.
This half-hour program aired commercial free and in HD with special reports from ABC7 News' Charles Thomas and Paul Meincke.
An alarming statistic: as of June 12, at least 32 students from Chicago Public Schools have been murdered this school year. Twenty-four of them were victims of gun violence. The recent death of Blair Holt, the heroic Julian High School student gunned down on a CTA bus, left many Chicagoans stunned, outraged and calling for action.
Stop the Violence Web EXTRA: The discussion continues
During this half-hour special, Magers and Burton initiate dialogue among community leaders, victims' families and law enforcement about how to meet the challenge of keeping our children safe. They examine the need for more role models, family support and community connections for "at-risk" kids. Panelists participating in this discussion include Philip Cline, superintendent, Chicago Police Department; Rufus Williams, president, Chicago Board of Education; Dr. Joyce Brown, manager, secondary schools counselors, Chicago Public Schools; Ronald Holt, father of Blair Holt; Alicia Amador, coordinator of youth services, Mujeres Latinas en Accion; Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger, pastor, Faith Community of St. Sabina.
The special is featured on-demand here and will be available as a downloadable video podcast complete with the Web EXTRA discussion that continued after the broadcast ended. Look for the links above.
Wilson Toy is the executive producer of STOP THE VIOLENCE: A SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS; Sylvia Jones is the producer.
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