Chicago: Mayor Johnson Announces Major Financial Investment in Violence Prevention Efforts Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend
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CHICAGO ~ On Thursday, Mayor Brandon Johnson of Chicago announced a comprehensive public safety and engagement plan for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. This plan includes a $2.5 million investment from the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities' 8th annual Chicago Fund. The public-private partnership investment will support violence prevention and youth outreach efforts across the city by funding the work of 253 grassroots organizations working across 24 communities on the South and West sides.

The funding will begin with engaging young people in activities during Memorial Day weekend and during the gap between the end of the school year and the beginning of Chicago Park District programming. It will also support youth programming efforts during the summer and fall.

Mayor Johnson expressed his commitment to building a city where every single resident feels safe, saying "Today illustrates our commitment to working together across government, business, and community sectors—and with philanthropic organizations like the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities coalition—to bring solutions to communities most impacted by violence and advance our vision for a safer, stronger Chicago."

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Esther Franco-Payne, Executive Director of Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, expressed her gratitude for this first opportunity to collaborate with Mayor Johnson to make Chicago a safer city for all. She said that "Chicago's foundation community is one-hundred percent committed to strengthening the partnerships needed to make violence prevention a permanent feature of Chicago's public safety strategy"

Tamar Manasseh, founder and president of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, said that "having resources to offer engaging and dynamic programming to young people is essential to building safe, strong communities". She expressed her gratitude for having this opportunity to partner in this work with Mayor Johnson and PSPC Chicago Fund.

Charles Smith, founder and CEO of CS Insurance Strategies also commented on this plan saying that "the business community has an important role to play in implementing our shared vision for public safety in Chicago". He expressed his pride in supporting efforts to bring programming to young people as well as his belief that it will take everyone at the table—across business, philanthropic, and government sectors—to create change.

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