ROGERS PARK - Mothers Against Senseless Killings, known as the "Army of Moms," will once again expand, this time to Rogers Park later this month. T he murder of a 64-year-old Rogers Park teacher, along with a separate shooting of a 15-year-old boy, has become the catalyst for the group's latest expansion, group founder Tamar Manasseh said.
"MASK (Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killing) is expanding its proven community safety program to Rogers Park. Let's do what we can to support this group and their very progressive thinking in our community."
Selling lemonade on the corner is fine (although will be tough in the winter). What really turned that block around was that the poorly run convenience store lost its lease and the quality women's clothing consignment store, Revive, moved in. I live two blocks from there and can say what a world of difference that has made.
Article author, Andrea V. Watson replied to me personally, about my request for more information.
"It's my understanding that residents there will do what MASK is already doing in Englewood. They're meeting next week I believe to discuss details, but it won't be the South Siders doing the work. This will be a new neighborhood chapter for the Rogers Park residents to keep going."
MASK's original activity focused on one block in Englewood bounded by Stewart, 74th, Harvard and 75th after a shooting in June, 2015. Residents, mostly Moms in pink T-shirts would walk on patrols, set up folding chairs outside, loiter at corners, grill hotdogs or lean against mailboxes and talk. It was highly localized and not neighborhood or Ward or Police District wide. They did nothing different than has already been done in Rogers Park by the Agape Church Chicago, Positive Loitering, the United Church of Rogers Park and a few block clubs one or two weeks a year. But, instead of holding meeting after endless meeting and doing nothing, MASK went out on the streets around their block and actually did something. They loitered on their streets in a highly visible and positive way. Now they have been invited to Rogers Park to teach other people how to stop meeting indoors and begin positive loitering outside on the streets.
Moms Against Senseless Killings. Hmm, are there sensible killings? And what about the dads? Yes, I realize MASK makes for a good acronym but more is needed. Positive loitering such as this is a good first step. But what about nights? Week ends? What then? And what about those parents, mom and dads, who work? Parents must begin to be more proactive and prod those who aren't.
MASK meets Rogers Park in the Teal Room will most likely be lots of circus, lots of talk but no walk. There probably will be animated talk about a new plan, a step in the right direction, progressive thinking, a voice of change. Maybe the RPCoC will launch a one-time "Honk for Hot Coco" photo-op event at the corner of Glenwood and Greenleaf. Lemonade season is over and it's probably too cold to host a Puppies For Peace Parade, in costumes, up and down Howard Street or Morse Avenue.
SarahdonisNearly 30 years in Edgewater; love RP & A'ville
I am stunned, seeing people criticizing a plan of action intended to HELP curb violence.”if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.” Let’s support any and all efforts, and try to leave petty personal issues behind. Let’s protect ourselves and one another. Under every wing, there is always room for one more.
MASK mothers grilled hotdogs on their block's street corner in Englewood . Elder Jeremiah Vaught from Agapé Chicago Church in Rogers Park started that years ago at Ashland and Farwell in response to local shootings. MASK mothers walked the streets around their block in Englewood on what they called patrols. Rogers Park Positive Loitering has been doing that for years in many parts of the neighborhood. MASK mothers have made their presence highly visible at crime troubled areas on their block in Englewood. The United Church of Rogers Park does the same thing at Morse and Ashland. MASK mothers and neighbors go out and take direct action. Voices for change have already taken steps in the right direction and there already is progressive action in Rogers Park. Elder Vaught, Pastor Chernich, Rev. Joyce and others have already shown a progressive way forward in Rogers Park. Let's hope that the new voices and their new plan take heed, take real action and join our leaders in moving forward.
Jeffrey you gave a thumbs down ^^ to a listing of our progressive actions here in Rogers Park. Perhaps you have a different perspective of our Rogers Park community from down there in Uptown. Would you please explain why you gave gave a thumbs down to the actions that our community leaders have taken? Any good and well intended advice is welcome but just giving us a thumbs down from Uptown doesn't help at all.
Here is a handout from the Rogers Park MASK meeting, this evening.
It was an informative meeting, that lasted from 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm. Lots of stories about how MASK improved Englewood, and saved peoples lives. Lots of great questions from members of our community. The meeting was professionally video recorded, so I'll try to find the footage for everyone to share.
My dear friend and West RP instition Avy Meyers, passed away last Memorial Day.
He was in many ways a political polar opposite to me, and many of his friends. There is an art to the argument, to civility and I haven't mastered it fair to say.
Before Avy passed away between takings he gave me some advice. The truce is that advice. He warned it's not going to work all the time, but it will work sometimes. I am abbreviating and paraphrasing but that is the as Frank Zappa would say...the crux of the biscuit.
I do not have any enemies in RP or RP EB. I am being harassed on the street in Uptown, those are my enemies, not here.
@ Tittleton - do not try to reduce the standard of living for those who worked hard for their homes and pay heavy taxes to live in an uncluttered beautiful neighborhood - and you will not be harassed. Tents and outdoor living environment does not contribute to the type of environment working good people want for their families. For those that do not expect city handouts the concept of clean and landscaped streets is not hard to understand. Jim Cappleman is the best thing to happen for Uptown - Helen Schiller was a disaster and created the gang and ghetto environment Alderman Cappleman is trying to correct. Hooray for the working and professional class residents who are contributing to the improvement of Uptown.