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Mayor to Hold Anti-Violence Meeting

Meeting in response to Dajae Coleman's death

The shooting death of Dajae Coleman Saturday is spurring the Evanston community to take action to make the streets safer.

In response to the death of the 14-year-old Evanston Township High School student, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will host a community meeting next month.

The meeting will focus on solutions for addressing the violence in Evanston.

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It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Fleetwoord-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.

All residents, community partners and youth-focused organizations are invited to attend.

Additional details of the meeting will be released soon.

Winnetka September 26, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Do a search w/ the terms Evanston violence and see how many "hits" you get along w/ "anti-violence" rally & group info. Clearly, there have been many discussions and marches about this topic. Yet despite best efforts/intentions...the problem persists and is proliferating particularly in Evanston and now Skokie. No amount of tax payer funding: public assistance, housing choice, inflated education system pay/pensions, or glad handing and meetings at city hall is going to combat the generational culture of violence and silence. Stats have been thrown around re: Evanston being 100% + more violent than other n'hoods on the North Shore. We can all wax politically correct as to the reasons why that is. The truth is that people in those less violent or non violent n'hoods live there b/c they place extreme value on protecting their most valuable assets: their families. You can't do that living in a community or on a block where people are constantly looking the other way when bad stuff happens. You'd be hard pressed to pull off some of the nonsense that has become accepted behaviour and commonplace in Evanston and ultimately has paved the way for more escalating crimes. That is not to say that there aren't difficiencies w/in those less violent communities, such as rampant drug/alcohol abuse. In less or non violent communities one has a greater chance of getting run over by a distracted soccer mom, than meeting the business end of a smith & wesson.
Festus McMoron September 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM
winnetka, you're 100% correct. there will just be alot of hot air coming out of this meeting. why doesn't everyone look at each other in the eye and tell each other it starts with parenting. where are the parents of these 14-year olds running around with guns. heck, where are these parents of 14-year olds walking around with their pants saggin' down to their knees. do they know how stupid they look? if these idiots came up to winnetka they'd be laughed out of town. but the parents don't care, the only program they should offer is how to be a good parent and to raise law abiding, respectful children. i'm sorry but that is a long way from being accomplished.
Michele S. Hays September 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
As someone who lives in a rapidly improving neighborhood (with a LOT of much-appreciated support from Mayor Tisdahl) where we still have yet to go through a season without gunfire or a year without a murder within six blocks of our home, I'm a little frustrated with the idea that this kind of violence is suddenly unacceptable in our City. Our neighbors have been actively campaigning on this issue for at least 12 years now, if not longer. I do appreciate everyone's concern, but if you collectively think this is a new problem, you've been living with blinders on. I am also frustrated that the collective response seems to be that it's OK for kids to die if they were "in a gang" but not otherwise. NO murders are acceptable, especially not murders of children, whether they are "troubled" or "gifted" or just plain ordinary. Our mayor is part of a national coalition of mayors that I think every Evanstonian concerned about this issue should follow: http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org Note the ILLEGAL part - it's important to stop derailing this issue with futile discussions of legal gun ownership. We need to stop the black market. While we are at it, I'd like to see the City make sure that all taxpayers (and remember, renters pay taxes via their landlords) have the same level of access to City services. What about offering services (including and especially recreation) on a sliding-scale fee?
Winnetka September 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Kudos to you for standing in the truth of your n'hood reality and still being willing to remain there to support progress. A saying as old as time..."an idle mind is the devil's workshop" couldn't be more relevant and true in this day and age. If working people of all socio economic backgrounds are required to pay taxes toward "programs for the greater good", then those receiving the benefits from those programs should be required to give something in return. We've seen the results of 60 years of giving able bodied people a "free lunch" while expecting nothing in return. It's got to change now...there aren't enough tax payers left to foot the exponentially expanding entitlement culture bill. It's likely that the shooter who cut down Dajae did it on purpose to prove he could take everything away from Dajae. This mentality of what's yours is mine has been generationally ingrained for the past 60 yrs w/in the entitlement ranks. This is a scary scary time. Civility has to make a comeback or we are doomed.
ETown October 02, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Hey Winnetka... Two words: Laurie Dann Two more words: David Biro Look them up. You might learn something.
Festus McMoron October 02, 2012 at 01:17 PM
....e-town, your analogy is flawed. you point out something that happens once every 20-30 years to something that happens daily. try watching the nightly news. you might learn something
Winnetka October 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
@Festus...you beat me to it. Etown is typical of those who justify bad actions with more bad actions. If Evanston's murder rate matched Winnetka's...then we wouldn't be having this discussion right now would we?

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