‘Army Of Moms’ Founder Offers Mayor Lightfoot Advice On City Violence

Tamar Manasseh
Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, on the corner of 75th and Stewart in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood in summer 2016. Andrew Gill / WBEZ
Tamar Manasseh
Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, on the corner of 75th and Stewart in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood in summer 2016. Andrew Gill / WBEZ

‘Army Of Moms’ Founder Offers Mayor Lightfoot Advice On City Violence

Four years ago, Tamar Manasseh founded the group Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) to stamp out the violence in her Englewood neighborhood.

Each summer, the so-called “Army of Moms” has staked out 75th and Stewart, turning the street corner into a community hub. Their work led to a drop in shootings in the area.

On June 23, the group will open Block Academy, an education center that will allow teens and young adults a chance to finish their high school educations and find internships.

Meanwhile, Manasseh has leveraged her work in her community to set up a meeting with Mayor Lightfoot so she can share her expertise on non-policing solutions to gun violence.

Morning Shift talks with Manasseh about the message she wants to get across to Chicago’s new mayor as gun violence begins to surge.

GUEST: Tamar Manasseh, head of MASK, Mothers Against Senseless Killings

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