February 8, 2017
Wanda Carter, Publisher
I’m working with some young people who have been recently released from prison, or been injured by gun violence, and or just needing to work because they haven’t been able to find employment and what I’ve discovered is that they’re just young people in need. Growing up in Chicago isn’t easy today. Most African American males really have it hard because they must avoid recruitment into the gangs by staying in the house and being a loner or submit themselves to the gang’s and sale drugs, violate others, or simply comply with whatever request the gang boss imposes to maintain safe passage on the streets. These conditions are ridge and brutal for most young people who live in fatherless homes with no family support to keep them safe.
Those that fall victim to the gangs at some point usually are arrested, sentenced to one of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Centers until they are 18 years old, then transferred to one of the prisons somewhere else in the world. What a life, modern day slavery in a 4 x 4 cell. A place where they are further victimized by the older, stronger prison guards and inmates who then subjugate them to violence, sexual favors and drugs. Babes no more… Taken as teenagers and thrust into a world of violence, dictation, and abuse. Let’s stop the cycle of youth abandonment, let’s help our young people gain access to real training and job or business opportunities and place them into meaningful environments where they can learn to love, live, and help themselves.
I give homage to Mr. & Mrs. Jones at “The Youth Peace Center” on 111th street here in Chicago. They work hard to help young people gain re-entry into the communities they grew up in and provide safe passage so they can get training, find employment and or create business opportunities for themselves. Wilma Davis is another warrior.
She’s the new co-host to the new television series called “Granny’s on The Move” with me, Wanda Carter. We’re working to help our adult grandchildren (young adults) aspire to new beginning in the world. We’re helping them find employment opportunities and transporting them to and from those jobs. Join us as we strategize to create safe havens for our young adults so we can decrease the African American populations in the new prison complexes that have grown to be the new industrial giants making more than $1,910 for every inmate that they imprison for a 30-day period (Illinois Department of Corrections, 2015). Isn’t that something. It cost more to imprison someone than it does to send them to school for 1 quarter in a university setting. Wow, what does that say about our society. We’d rather lock our youth up than teach them to be prosperous contributing members of our society. What is the subliminal message we’re really sending our youth? If you’re interested in changing this phenomenon, call the Chicago Communicator News Media at 201-730-2266 and we can work together to save our youth.