5 days ago

Want to help stop the violence in Chicago?

We are a group of local residents, businesses, churches, agencies, and government representatives working together to help improve the quality of life on the West Side of Chicago. The West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders hold a monthly Community Empowerment Forum to discuss ways to create a safe, drug-free neighborhood. We hope you'll consider getting involved!

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- September 8, 2014 at 6pm:
The public is welcome to attend our next Community Empowerment Forum which will be held at...

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We are a group of local residents, businesses, churches, agencies, and government representatives working together to help improve the quality of life on the West Side of Chicago. The West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders hold a monthly Community Empowerment Forum to discuss ways to create a safe, drug-free neighborhood. We hope you'll consider getting involved!

SAVE THE DATES:
- September 8, 2014 at 6pm:
The public is welcome to attend our next Community Empowerment Forum which will be held at 4540 West Washington, Blvd. in Chicago.

- October 13, 2014 at 6:00pm:
All are invited to attend a Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum at 4540 West Washington, Blvd. in Chicago.

Read about our August Community Empowerment Forum here: http://bit.ly/Vpxoli

Stay updated on our work by following us on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1s68Iwo
or Twitter: @WGPCS2

6 days ago

Local group of activists are dedicated to improving the West Garfield Park neighborhood

The West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders, a consortium of residents, agencies, churches, elected officials, law enforcement, and businesses working together to improve the quality of life on the West Side community, is actively engaged in efforts to prevent substance abuse by young people and ending youth violence.

This group hosts a Community Forum that's open to the public where locals discuss how we can all play a part in improving the quality of life of our community. Details: http://on.fb.me/1s68Iwo

Aug 10

Updated Aug 10

West Garfield Park: 'They still out here with guns'

There were no crowds or Solo Cups or blaring stereos, though, on the corner of Kostner and Maypole avenues. And when a police officer arrived to say hello, partygoers welcomed her.

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...gun violence when she was shot to death at a sleepover last month in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue. Tevin Lee, 19, has been charged in her death in what prosecutors say is a...

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    This is an interesting article. I, for the most part agree with the comments made by people that were interviewed. People are very nice in WGP and it does have a lot of quiet moments, but it could be much better. I've been here since '05 and have never witnessed...

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    This is an interesting article. I, for the most part agree with the comments made by people that were interviewed. People are very nice in WGP and it does have a lot of quiet moments, but it could be much better. I've been here since '05 and have never witnessed a serious crime. My biggest peeves are the garbage, unkempt properties, open-air drugs sales that are allowed to go on day and night and ignored by the CPD, gang activity and the amount of loitering that's allowed to happen. And of course Alderman Jason Ervin...the lazy Alderman who must not realize how physically disgusting and filthy the 28th ward is. Especially W. Madison Street.

    Overall, it's not so bad but the dysfunction gets a little overwhelming at times.

Aug 06

Sidewalk Sale

Sat, Aug 9, 2014 12-until

This proceeds from this event helps to purchase school supplies, back-packs and essential needs for lowincome famalies.

Aug 06

Back To School Give-away

Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12-5

If any business would like to participate bring your table out and promote your business, or merchandise!!! CALL: 773-823-1862

Jul 28

Night Out: Block Party at Tilton

Fri, Aug 8, 2014 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Families are invited to enjoy an (evening/afternoon) of free entertainment. Bring your own picnic basket. Activities range from family games sports competitions, disc jockey spinning music and entertaining live performances.

Jul 28

Night Out:Concert at Clark (John)

Fri, Aug 8, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mixed Company Band - Is a ten-piece band that includes male and female vocalist! Their extensive playlist spans a variety of genres including blues, smooth jazz, R&B, soul, funk, reggae and salsa. Music for all ages a mixture of current titles, 60?s, 70?s, 80?s and 90?s.

Jun 28

Updated Jun 28

Police shoot and injure a man overnight on city’s west side

It happened at about 12:30 this morning near Monroe and Cicero the west Garfield park neighborhood.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    West Garfield Park and Austin crime are getting way out of control. They're going from bad to worse. My thoughts are, this area of the city has become the dumping ground for everyone being squeezed out East-ward, due to increased rental prices, gentrification and demand to be close to the...

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    West Garfield Park and Austin crime are getting way out of control. They're going from bad to worse. My thoughts are, this area of the city has become the dumping ground for everyone being squeezed out East-ward, due to increased rental prices, gentrification and demand to be close to the Near West Side/United Center. I'm seeing more poverty, roaming drug addicts/dealers, undisciplined teens/kids, loitering and unfamiliar faces in my neighborhood and all around the Far West side.

    The new faces in the area and street drug dealers are fighting for business/territory and have made West Garfield Park & Austin a natural breeding ground for increased crime. I personally knew this was going to happen because I saw the wave moving farther west. I just hope the Mayor and Alderman do not allow the Far West side to remain the designated dumping grounds for poverty and criminals. I don't trust either of them and believe this might be the scenario.

    On the other hand, by clumping all of the crime into one designated area will make it easier for the city to target criminals, conduct sweeps and round up trouble makers all in one fell swoop. I hope property owners and landlords will thoroughly screen tenants and be extremely selective when renting apartments to new residents. It will only benefit their investment as well.

    Time will tell.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The biggest reason things are getting worse is because Quinn let out 50,000 felons.
    Was the University of Chicago's social research department 77 Communities map used to set policy about where they would be returned? EGP may have got got 1500-1800 which is about 10% of the population of EGP....

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    The biggest reason things are getting worse is because Quinn let out 50,000 felons.
    Was the University of Chicago's social research department 77 Communities map used to set policy about where they would be returned? EGP may have got got 1500-1800 which is about 10% of the population of EGP.

    One can question the wisdom politicians who did not object to this disproportionate way of returning criminals (of any classification) especially when a study was done that said problems would occur.

    Urban Institute in DC did a study that said the 5 wards who were going to be the recipient of these return felons were not able to absorb them because there were not enough support systems in place. Note 45 of the 50 city wards got none. EGP got 1/3, Englewood got 1/3, 3 other wards got 1/3/ of 1/3 in this so called homecoming.

    The institutionalized practice of clustering the poor or the criminals into areas is not wise. It is also part of a root cause as to why neighborhoods cannot recover. It does not make it easier or cheaper to control. As areas become more violent because the areas are not well managed, the result is a breakdown of an entire household, block, neighborhood, ward, part of the city. Chaos and violence cause a breakdown in the moral fabaric of a neighborhood.

    As neighborhoods decay and turn to rubble...the loss of demographics make the city smaller. Chicago is about 1/3 smaller than it was 35 years ago. We lost approx 1.2 million population. That is significant and measurable enough to erode the tax base.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It is NOT a good policy to segregate and remove from view. If those who live in upscale Chicago neighborhoods had to endure what goes on in the South and West sides of Chicago they would be in an uproar. Only the unsophisticated and impoverished would have issues like what...

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    It is NOT a good policy to segregate and remove from view. If those who live in upscale Chicago neighborhoods had to endure what goes on in the South and West sides of Chicago they would be in an uproar. Only the unsophisticated and impoverished would have issues like what we have because they lack the understanding of the legal system. Conventional wisdom almost makes an invisible ceiling so those who have been working in this system are jaded and accept the low standards because they don't know any better. It is a SHAME!

    There are many black segregationists...meaning blacks who only want to live in a homogeneous neighborhood.

    A neighborhood with a diverse population and people who work...are the ones with the best living conditions and best services. Take note of that!

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