“Everybody is starting to realize that gun violence is not just a south side problem. It’s not just a Chicago problem. It’s an American problem,” Tamar Manasseh, Founder of Mask,
MASK is a grass roots organization that is working to end gun violence in Chicago. MASK does this by acting as a supplemental force along with police officers to patrol the streets. They do not do so with guns or violence, instead with hugs and kindness. They support stricter gun control though believe that true change is up to them.
“Cure Violence stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms – resulting reductions in violence of 40% to 70%.” – Cure Violence, Website
To understand the work that Cure Violence does, it is important to understand their perspective of violence being a ‘Health Issue.’
“BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well being of our communities.”– BUILD Chicago’s Website
BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development ) Chicago is located in Chicago’s western neighborhoods (Austin, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, West Town) and Southern neighborhoods (Fuller Park, Brozeville). BUILD Chicago focuses on youth development within these communities.