With Windy City Youngsters Dropping Like Flies Chicago Group Begs Obama For Help

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From today’s Chicago Sun Times we see an activist group, going by the moniker of “Black Star,” is demanding Barack Obama use his supernatural powers and stop the kids from killing each other in his home town of Chicago. Keep in mind they aren’t asking the parents of these kids to step up to the plate. No, that’s not the way things are done anymore as we all know it’s the government alone that can solve these types of societal problems. The government and billions of taxpayer dollars that is.
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Kids ‘would be safer in Iraq’ BLACK STAR | Activists urge Obama to help fight student slayings here

Kids are dying in President Obama’s backyard, and he needs to do something about it.

That’s what a Chicago activist group demanded Saturday as it called attention to the close proximity to the president’s home of many of the murders of Chicago Public Schools students this year. Against a map showing three-fourths of the 36 student slayings this year were within eight miles of Obama’s mansion, the Black Star Project said Obama can no longer sit back and do nothing.

“He should not only be concerned as president, he should be concerned as a resident of this community,” Black Star executive director Phillip Jackson said at the group’s South Side headquarters.

Obama, Black Star members say, needs to address Chicago’s rising student deaths as a national priority by providing his hometown with the political and financial muscle to stem the violence.

Jackson called for a $20 billion “trickle-up” federal investment, which he said could support the anti-violence efforts of frustrated community organizations, summer jobs for youth and other community measures.

Are these Black Star goofs completely clueless how the Chicago politics ballgame works or are they just hoping to land a huge chunk of taxpayer money via a federal government grant like hundreds of other left wing groups are so good at getting their hands on? After all Obama was a state senator representing the area for eight years and seemed more concerned with helping his close buddies and campaign contributers, such as the presently incarcerated Tony Rezko, make a pile of money than he was about the difficulties his constituents were dealing with.

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago’s South Side. It was just four years after the landlords — Antoin “Tony” Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru — had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers. Rezko and Mahru couldn’t find money to get the heat back on.

But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building. Obama has been friends with Rezko for 17 years. Rezko has been a political patron to Obama and many others, helping to raise millions of dollars for them through his own contributions and by hosting fund-raisers in his home.

Obama, who has worked as a lawyer and a legislator to improve living conditions for the poor, took campaign donations from Rezko even as Rezko’s low-income housing empire was collapsing, leaving many African-American families in buildings riddled with problems — including squalid living conditions, vacant apartments, lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers. The building in Englewood was one of 30 Rezmar rehabbed in a series of troubled deals largely financed by taxpayers. Every project ran into financial difficulty. More than half went into foreclosure, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.

“Their buildings were falling apart,” said a former city official. “They just didn’t pay attention to the condition of these buildings.” Eleven of Rezko’s buildings were in Obama’s state Senate district.


So what did Obama do to help the citizens of Chicago when it came to violent criminals and youth gang members?

Obama voted against a proposal to criminalize contact with a gang for any convicts on probation or out on bail. In 2001, Obama opposed making gang activity eligible for the death penalty. “There’s a strong overlap between gang affiliation and young men of color…. I think it’s problematic for them to be singled out as more likely to receive the death penalty for carrying out certain acts than are others who do the same thing.”

In 1999, Obama opposed mandatory adult prosecution for youth who discharge a firearm near a school, declaring, “There is really no proof or indication that automatic transfers and increased penalties and adult penalties for juvenile offenses have, in fact, proven to be more effective in reducing juvenile crime or cutting back on recidivism.”

(Source: The Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson, p.146 Oct 30, 2007)

So there you have it Black Star folks. Obama wasn’t all that concerned about the problems of youth violence when he was supposed to be representing the area as a state senator so I really don’t know what you think he will do about it now. I suppose this group can keep up the hollering but until the root of the problem is addressed nothing will stop this horrific black on black crime that so senselessly takes the lives of so many young people in the Chicago area, a city which already has some of if not the most restrictive gun regulations in the nation.

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