Monday, April 23, 2012

The Violent City and the Peace Summit

You would think it was a war-torn wasteland. And in some ways, maybe it is. Chicago Hosts Peace Summit Amid Record Violence | NBC Chicago
Former President Bill Clinton, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, and actor and activist Sean Penn are among guests at the meeting and awards ceremony.
If it wasn't so tragic, it would be funny. I mean, Sean Penn? (I haven't heard from him since he almost sunk a boat after Katrina.) And the mayor - Rahm Emanuel - had some platitudes to offer.
"The decision to host this event in Chicago reflects the profile of our city as an international leader in civic dialogue and community involvement," Emanuel said in a statement. "While the summit is a global event, it will have a local impact and leave a lasting legacy on our city.”
Community involvement?
Earlier this month, the mayor went on the defensive about a surge of recent homicides. Between the start of 2012 and April 1, Chicago Police recorded 120 homicides, a 60 percent spike over the 75 murders during the same period in 2010 and 2011.
I guess gangs are part of the community too.

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