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February 2017 6 September 2017 Chicago Street Journal Continued from Page 1 Getting Away With Murder. What is the probability of you becoming a murder victim? Click HERE to take the murder test. Why is the "clearance rate" for murders so low? According to most experts, investigations must be intensive, move fast, and be organized. In a crime’s aftermath, the first 48 to 72 hours are the most critical. But, in a metropolitan area, like Chicago or New Orleans, where the murder rate is high and non-stop, how can a department give its full attention to cold cases? And, when the case remains cold that means that murderer remains free and a threat. And, if only a fifth of the crimes committed are with legally registered weapons, then there’s a possible connection. What should be the penalty be for carrying an illegal firearm, given that statistics indicate that it is very likely that it will be involved in a violent crime? Also, police officials continue to insist that the community is the key to solving crimes. When we help and harbor murderers and keep hushed on crime, it is the same as giving our permission to remain under attack. But in that same vein, who can provide protection to those who testify? Who will be there to protect them and their families? Thomas K. Hargrove of the Murder Accountability Project states that, “Illinois trails all other states in catching killers.” Less than 40% of all homicide cases in Illinois are cleared. It is also reported that Chicago faired far worst, as it only solved about 30 percent of its murder cases in 2015. In a response to a question from The Scripps Howard News Service, Hargrove indicated that, “The astonishing and disturbing pattern in the FBI data set is the variation in how often murders get solved. There are places in America where it is statistically unlikely for a killer to be caught. If you want to get away with murder, go to places like Detroit, Phoenix, Chicago or New Orleans. If you want to get caught, kill somebody in Denver, San Diego or Philadelphia.” Those getting away with murder continue to be a threat to society. They’ve taken away the life and liberty of so many. Maybe we are the key to halting the alarming rate of unsolved murders. Look to your left. Look to your right. Look across the dinner table. Look in the mirror. You may just see a murderer. Sonja Cassandra Perdue is Associate Publisher for Chicago Street Journal and Founder of Chicago’s Black Business Network. With the number of cold cases reaching into the six figures, it is certainly possible that via our sixth degree that we are all either related to or know a murder. Just a few murder stats for you murder fans. A recent Center for Disease Control report indicates that 93 percent of female murder victims were killed by former or current husbands, boyfriends or lovers. Over 90 percent of Black Americans are murdered by other Black Americans. Because of the increase in transgender deaths by murder, the community is calling upon reporting agencies to enhance their tracking methods and to begin keeping an accurate count of the number of murders. Police killed at least 309 Black people in the U.S. in 2016. 21 toddlers were shooters. The World Health Organization states one person commits suicide about every 40 seconds. This may well indicate that for some of us, we are our own greatest danger. With the call for major changes in the US immigration laws, you would certainly think that the stats would weigh in heavily on keeping the terrorist away from all of us. But, according to the New America Foundation, jihadists killed 94 people inside the United States between 2005 and 2015. During that same time period, 301,797 people in the US were shot dead, Politifact reports. According to data compiled from the Centers for Disease Control, more people killed themselves by falling out of bed during the same period (737) than were killed by Islamic jihadists. Call 773-998-1925 to be in the NEXT issue.
Black Girls Code Organization Receives $255K in Funding from General Motors Detroit, MI — Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space, has announced a partnership with General Motors, which includes a generous donation of $255,000. The funding will be used to launch and maintain a local chapter of the organization in the Detroit metro area. February Chicago Street Journal September 2017 This partnership aims to increase interest in STEM career fields for girls of color. Women of color are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, especially in technology. Only 3 percent of African-American women and less than 1 percent of Latinas receive degrees in computer science. Kimberly Bryant, CEO of Black Girls Code, comments, “Although we’ve hosted workshops in the area off and on since 2012, we are thrilled to officially launch a Black Girls CODE chapter in Detroit with the support of GM and other corporate and community partners like Comcast and Wayne State University. “Our regular programming, launching this fall, will lay a foundation to fully engage girls of color in Detroit and is designed to inspire them to continue their paths as future STEM professionals,” she adds. Since their launch in April 2011, Black Girls Code has had the ultimate goal to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040. The organization was recently offered a $125,000 donation from Uber, but Bryant politely turned it down because she says she felt that it was just a PR stunt meant to distract people from Uber’s dismal track record on diversity issues. She then went and raised $150,000 for the organization through crowdfunding. For more details about the organization, visit www.BlackGirlsCode.org 7