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I read this over at GlobalGrind and thought I’d share this w/ everyone:

“As I heard the news about Derrion Albert, the 16-year-old young scholar who was murdered, my heart wept. It wept because he was murdered by a group of high schoolers-his peers, a senseless death. While countless others stood by and watched, another young life was wasted. So I have to ask myself what’s going on? What’s going on in our society? A society that has morphed into a dark world where too many young lives are ended before truly beginning. An undeserved death sentence, for a very deserving soul, a soul that was taken away before its time. When is enough, enough? Something must change!

Upon reflecting, I’m reminded of the novel, Lord of the Flies. This novel mirrors the story of our inner city and the plight of our youth. Caught in the middle of a war, a plane transporting a group of young men is shot out of the air and crashes onto a deserted island.  This island represents our inner cities- an environment where ALL struggle to survive. Even though the rest of the world knows of the struggle, very few have an understanding of how harsh life can be or how to escape it.

In the book, after the crash, the youth are left to fend for themselves and must find a way to survive. The optimism of being saved quickly fades, along with order and the common sense they once had. The environment inevitably overtakes the young men, they become transformed by the island into heartless savages and senselessly kill anyone or anything opposing them. In a fight for his life the last remaining keeper of peace is hunted down by the mob of youth, and just as he is about to be caught, he falls to the ground and upon looking up he sees a Navel officer and a ship set in the distant waters.  At this sight, the raging mob was instantly transformed back to the gentlemen they once were.

Our kids are lost, and the environment that surrounds them is a powerful force causing them to transform for the worse and not the better.  The children in the story were saved because of hope. Despite the hostile environment, just a glimpse of genuine hope can reset the direction of our communities and save our children’s lives. 

An estimated 130 people have been killed in Chicago this summer. And in the last 14 months more than 36 students have lost their lives.  Where was the hope for Derrion Albert? Where was the hope for Alex Arellano? Itzel Fernandez, where was her Hope?  Ernest Williams, Julian King, Brian Murdock, Quentin Buckner, Devour Robinson, Dushawn Johnson, Isiah Stroud, Andre Stephens, Esteban Martinez, Johnel Ford, Rachael Beauchamp, Johnny Edwards, Kendrick Pitts, Raheem Washington, and the countless others, is there Hope for our youth?

Hope is what we need, it’s ALL we need.  Not a “fly by night” type of hope… we need a Hope Ship that we can board, and that we can trust to sail us in a better direction.”

Israel “Izzy” Idonije
#71, Chicago Bears



How often have we heard this storyline in Chicago?  Senseless violence takes another child’s life.  Its an all too familiar headline, and until we change some things about ourselves and our environment, things will never change for the better.

The picture from above was of Justin Daniels.  He was a 17 year old student of Brooks College Prep Academy, who was focus on environmental change and getting good grades.  All that shifted on this past Saturday after hanging out w/ a girl he had just met at the Museum of Science & Industry.  She was having friends over and she told two of her male friends to go get pizza.  After the night was up those same guys needed rides home.  As they went through the alley, one guy said “Let’s do this”, while the other put a gun to his head saying “Gimme everything you’ve got”.  Next thing you know the kid w/ the bright future ahead of him is dead & now police officers have the two men in custody facing first degree murder charges.

When will we learn that robbing someone is not the answer.  It’s a shame that another student doing something positive w/ his life had to die over something so small & trivial.  The two robbers, Dennis Davis (16 years old) & Cortez Reed (17 years old) will now probably spend the rest of their lives in jail & if they do get out of jail, they’ll have a very hard time finding employment.



Anybody who keeps up w/ the news or went to Julian High School on the South-side knows where that clip was from.  That’s footage from Michael “Mario” Pace hopping onto a CTA bus after school and shooting wildly on the bus in an attempt to hit a rival gangmember.  Although he didn’t mean to hit any innocent bystanders, he killed a Chicago Police officer’s son “Blair Holt” while he tried to shield a female friend from gunfire.  According to the Sun-Times, Pace’s attorney said “her client felt “deep guilt” for pulling the trigger on May 10, 2007, and even tried to commit suicide shortly after his arrest.”  His actions told a different story though as he never apologized to the victim’s family, often smirked as the family wept, and yawned and spoke under his breath.

This instance is sad on so many levels.  Another CPS student dies over something so small and trivial.  Also we lost 2 kids to gun violence because now Michael Pace (18 years old) has to spend the next 100 yrs in prison.  Something that’s always stuck w/ me is “What happens in the dark, will come to light.”  This is a prime example.  Let this be a lesson: Don’t let you anger get the best of you & do not play the fall guy for anybody. 

I think the sentence was fair and sends out a BIG message to youth today.


Father Pfleger stood at the cime scene. He resonated this message to the public, "You're not going to shoot in this community -- we're coming for you"

Father Pfleger stood at the crime scene. He resonated this message to the public, "You're not going to shoot in this community -- we're coming for you"

Over the weekend, many of us heard about the shooting outside of St. Sabina’s “Friday Night Light” anti-violence program.  On Friday evening, 2 males were shot (one four times according to reports and the other once in the leg) and a female was also injured while trying to get away from the melee.  Now, 17-year-old Rashard Richardson & a juvenile have each been charged with attempted first-degree murder after.  They are due in bond court tommorrow (Tuesday).

This blog illustrates how young people feel today….that they/we won’t get caught when we do things.  In this case though and in life, what’s done in the dark, does come to the light.  If the cops want you, they will find you, as this is a direct example.  Now these two boys will spend possibly the rest of their lives in jail, all because they didn’t think before acting and acting on beef in the street.  Let this be a lesson…