Sunday, May 4, 2008

And They Call Kansas City Killa City*....

(photo credit: Rueben Cox for the New York Times)

Just two weekends ago in Chicago, with the first warm weather, 36 people were shot, 7 of them fatally. The Chicago Sun-Times called it the “weekend of rage” ... Since the beginning of the school year, 18 Chicago public-school students had been killed. (Another six would be murdered in the coming weeks.)”

Chicago has experienced a shocking wave of violence, affecting the families and friends of the slain and wounded and leaving the city at large in shock. The New York Times Sunday Magazine's article on this issue focuses on the efforts of an organization called CeaseFire, which aims to stem violence at its source, treating violence more like an "infectious disease."

(* Editor's Note: I'm originally from Kansas City where the same increase in gang-related violence and deaths has earned the city its moniker, Killa City.)

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