I am writing to invite you to join me for the opening premiere of Spike Lee’s new movie “Chi-Raq,” followed by a community discussion of the issues raised in the film, including violence in Chicago and our Rogers Park neighborhood.
The event will take this Thursday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m. at the New 400 Theater, 6746 N. Sheridan (at Columbia). Several community leaders have been invited to attend the opening night movie and subsequent forum on violence, but the event is open to the general public, as well, on a first come, first served basis. This event will likely sell out, so I advise you to come early. Tickets are $20.00 a person. The cost includes a free popcorn and soft drink.
I have not seen the movie, but its release couldn’t have been more timely. The video of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death at the hands of the police, the arrest of the alleged killers of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, and the recent gang-related shootings right here in Rogers Park bring into sharp focus the insidious effect of violence in all its ugly forms.
Following the movie, I will lead a panel discussion on the issue of violence and how we can prevent it, with a particular focus on Rogers Park. Joining me will be a group of community leaders who have been on the front lines of efforts to reduce violence in Rogers Park:
- Chad Adams, Principal, Sullivan High School
- Charles Hardwick, Director, Education and Employment Program, Howard Area Community Center
- Dan McNeil, Director, Teen Boys Program, Family Matters
I also plan to include at least young people on the panel to get their very important perspectives on the issue of violence. The panel discussion will include questions and comments from the audience
I look forward to seeing the movie with you and hearing your perspectives and idea.