Urban Educators Want Action Against Youth Killings

June 15, 2007

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When youth die by violence, the common reaction is for the community to declare "enough."

But march organizers say those words need translation into deeds.

Phillip Jackson heads the Black Star Project.

JACKSON: We had said have said enough is enough. But not simply in words. We combine that with action.

Organizers want that action to include attracting more academic mentors and finding ways to strengthen the black family. 

Many anti-violence rallies have taken place since the shooting death of Julian High School student Blair Holt last month.

In the past nine months, more than two dozen Chicago children have been killed.

And as summer nears, Black Star Project and others fear more violence.

I'm Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio.