At a closed meeting with dozens of community groups late last month, [Chicago Mayor Lori] Lightfoot said progress was being made but acknowledged there was much more to be done.
“I feel like we’re getting traction, but it’s early in the process,” she said, according to a video of the meeting. “We’re thinking of how we can elevate these policies to another level.”
The 103-page plan calls gun violence a preventable “public health crisis” that brings “devastating levels of violence that disproportionately affect communities of color.”
It lists five “pillars,” or guiding principles:
- Empower and heal those actively engaged in violence, whether victims or perpetrators.
- Reclaim neighborhoods and safe spaces by directing resources to neighborhoods with most violence.
- Improve relations between police and communities “by developing credibility, trust and authentic relationships.”
- Consider the impact of ordinances and laws on violence and advocate for policies that will increase support for those impacted.
- Constant collaboration, proactive planning and coordinated efforts between the city and … the justice system, community groups and private companies.
Just how the city plans to accomplish these goals is hard to pin down.