On April 15, residents from Chicago will deliver a petition to The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, and Governor Pat Quinn signed by hundreds people, mostly youth. The petition, generated by youth who participated in Summer Jobs, After School and Training programs want to work all year.
The petition was created on MoveOn's petition site and states, "Thursday, March 6 Illinois State Representative David Reis, urged a freeze of Chicago Anti-Violence State Funds. Subsequently the Sun-Times ran scathing articles blaming programs that saved lives as failures. We must STOP House Bill 6011, which halts any remaining Fiscal Year 2014 funding to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for grants associated with Chicago's community-based violence prevention programs, and after school programs. Sign now to stop the madness! "
The media's focus on misuse of funding neglects to look at the good after school, summer and other work for teens and any unemployed group takes from such programming. We are seeking "Justice and Jobs."
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