An article appeared in today’s Red Eye about a group of students from Roosevelt University who are working on the Yes 2 Counselors, No to Cops Campaign.
Roosevelt University students and faculty are leading a letter-writing campaign to urge U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to combat violence by pushing for more counselors, not armed police, in Chicago schools.
More than 15 Roosevelt students, including 22-year-old psychology major Nathan Lustig, have been working to collect signatures from their classmates as well as their family and friends. They will deliver the signed letters to the senators sometime in mid-March.
The letters ask the senators to vote that any new federal money that will be part of a proposed gun-reform bill be used for restorative justice initiatives, such as more counselors in local schools, and not armed police officers as suggested by the National Rifle Association and President Barack Obama in his recent gun reform proposals.
The group also plans to lobby Chicago Public Schools in favor of the “Yes to Counselors, No to Cops” campaign, a coalition of community members and organizations in Chicago asking CPS to pass a resolution that would “state unequivocally that any new funding received from federal grants to improve school safety based on the president’s gun reform plan will be used to hire counselors, not cops,” according to the coalition’s website. –
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