October 10, 2016
Acclaimed online magazine Slate recently published an investigation into the changing nature of Chicago's gang violence, drawing from the input of a variety of legal, law-enforcement, community and academic experts. Among those consulted was Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the YMCA of Metro Chicago's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative. Read the article here.
In the article, Eddie speaks to the reasons a young person might choose to get involved with gang life — reasons not always evident or intuitive to the outside observer.
Other experts consulted included Ronald Safer, the prosecutor widely credited with breaking up Chicago's Gangster Disciples in the 1990s; Northeastern Illinois University's Lance Williams, who co-authored a book chronicling the trajectory of Chicago's notorious Black P Stone Nation; former Cabrini Green pastor Rev. Walker Johnson; and Tio Hardiman, one of the original "interruptors" from the violence cessation organization CeaseFire.