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New City - Safe and Peaceful Communities

In May 2018 The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities has awarded AWOFINC a 2018 grant, one of 132 rapid-response grants to support activities that promote safe and peaceful conditions in 19 prioritized Chicago communities. AWOFINC's Parent Information & Resouces, Violence Prevention Consortium and Youth Leadership & Development initiatives seek to identify and establish Community-Based Participatory Partnerships with groups and organizations. The consortium will be actively engaging multiple communities. Find out how you can participate in Leadership Training, Community Engagement, Violence Prevention initiatives as well as youth programs by contacting our office or send a message to any of our cooperating initiatives Facebook pages.

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Chicago gang leader charged in shooting of ATF agent in Back of the Yards

...of the shooting. The ATF agent tasked with replacing the device was walking south near West 44th Street and South Hermitage Avenue at 3:18 a.m. Friday, when he was "ambushed" and shot in the face...

Rival gangs armed with assault rifles have been shooting back and forth for years in the area. In May 2017, two officers were ambushed with an assault rifle and suffered bullet wounds near 43rd and Ashland. The 17-year-old La Raza gang member fled to Mexico, police say.

    Chicago gang leader charged in shooting of ATF agent
    The co-leader of a Southwest Side street gang was charged Tuesday in last week's shooting of an ATF agent in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. Federal sources told the I-Team Tuesday morning the suspect was in custody. The I-Team later learned the suspect is Ernesto "Ernie" Godinez, co-leader of the Almighty Saints.
    http://abc7chicago.com

  • emj1900 bp lifer

    beezil..... I assure you I read the story.... pretty much of the same thing over and over again..... nothing new there..... Rahm himself protects the "sanctuary people"....as far as people not saying anything, why would they, most likely many of their "OWN" belong to this gang or another one..... while...

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    beezil..... I assure you I read the story.... pretty much of the same thing over and over again..... nothing new there..... Rahm himself protects the "sanctuary people"....as far as people not saying anything, why would they, most likely many of their "OWN" belong to this gang or another one..... while people in that area cry for help and change, it's needs to start with them first....that area has been bad for years. just has gone from bad to far worse...... my husbands family moved out of there back in the mid 70's....was bad then....change begins with it's people that live there. until they the people there decide to make that change, nothing will.....period! gonna be a long deadly summer there sadly....

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    Beezil... according to the news he turned himself in late Tuesday nite.....

May 09

ATF agent shot in line of duty out of hospital, officials say

Three separate cameras captured the shooting and a person who matches Godinez’s description fleeing the scene, federal prosecutors said. Police found shell casings in the 4300 block of South Hermitage Avenue.

Local and federal police searched homes and executed multiple search warrants Friday near the 4500 block of South Hermitage Avenue. Authorities continued to sweep the neighborhood Saturday in armored tactical vehicles with guns drawn.

    ATF agent shot in line of duty out of hospital, officials say
    CHICAGO -- An ATF agent who was shot in the line of duty last week in Back of the Yards is out of the hospital, officials said. ATF officials said on Twitter that they wanted to thank the staff at Stroger Hospital for the excellent medical care.
    http://wgntv.com

May 08

Man Charged With Shooting ATF Agent In Ambush Attack

...leading up to and after the shooting. Godinez allegedly is seen leaving his house at 43rd and Wood moments before the shooting, then walking down an alley, and toward 44th and Hermitage just...

...at 43rd and Wood moments before the shooting, then walking down an alley, and toward 44th and Hermitage just before the shooting; then running back through the alley to his house just after...

    Man Charged With Shooting ATF Agent In Ambush Attack
    CHICAGO (CBS) - A purported gang member has been charged with shooting an ATF agent last week in an ambush in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Ernesto Godinez, who turns 28 on Wednesday, made an initial court appearance Tuesday morning on a count of forcible assault of a law enforcement officer.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

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$61,000 reward offered for information in shooting of ATF undercover agent in Chicago

...Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives was wounded around 3:15 a.m. near 44th Street and Hermitage Avenue in the Back of the Yards, not far from Davis Square Park, police said. He...

On May 2, 2017, two Deering District officers were riding in a covert van when they were wounded by rifle fire. One suspect was arrested and a second remains at large. A few weeks later, another Chicago police officer was shot at 43rd Street and Ashland Avenue.

    ATF agent shot, critically injured in Back of the Yards
    An ATF agent was shot and critically injured early Friday while working undercover in a joint mission with Chicago police task force officers on the South Side, Chicago police said. The shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Hermitage Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 04

ATF Officer Shot In Head On Chicago’s South Side

The shooting happened around 3:20 a.m. in the 4400 block of South Hermitage, and the area around Davis Square Park has been sealed off with crime tape.

At the time, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said investigators believed the shooters used a high-powered weapon when they opened fire on two Deering District tactical officers near 43rd and Ashland as the officers were sitting in a surveillance van.

Officers with the Area South Gang team were conducting a drug investigation in the 4200 block of South Ashland Avenue, when they pulled over a vehicle and told the people in the car to get out.

    ATF Officer Shot In Head On Chicago's South Side
    CHICAGO (CBS) - An officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot and critically wounded overnight in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Chicago Police say they were working on a joint operation with ATF when the officer was shot in the head.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

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Get Delicious Cuban Fare on a Budget at Cafeteria Yesenia

4244 S. Ashland Ave. This article appears in the April 2018 issue of Chicago magazine. Subscribe to Chicago magazine.

    Get Delicious Cuban Fare on a Budget at Cafeteria Yesenia
    Published today at 12:00 p.m. Twenty bucks will get you far at this homey Cuban café in Back of the Yards, where the neon walls are covered in art, and the chairs (of both the dining and the arm varieties) always seem to be filled.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

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Volunteer English (ESL) Literacy Tutors Needed!

Help adults learn English at Aquinas Literacy Center!
Volunteer as a one-on-one tutor for just 90 minutes a week at 1751 West 35th Street on the southwest side of Chicago. All tutoring is in English, so you don't have to speak another language to volunteer. Volunteer tutoring opportunities are 9am-8pm, Monday-Thursday.

Join us for our next tutor training workshop: Friday, April 27 (6pm to 9pm) and Saturday, April 28 (9am to 4pm). Attendance on both days is required to become a tutor. Please register in advance. For a registration packet, please contact Sabrina at sabrina@aquinasliteracycenter.org or (773) 927-0512. Aquinas Literacy Center is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

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