I’ve been very open about my frustration regarding intraracial violence in my community. And I’m happy to have come across an organization, based in Chicago, IL, that’s just as frustrated. They’ve had enough, and they’re doing something about it.
“I’m Telling, Don’t Shoot”
Founded by philanthropist and business owner Early Walker, I’m Telling Don’t Shoot is an organization committed to stopping crime in Black communities throughout the Chicago area. A group of Chi-town business owners has come together to offer a cash prize to anyone who helps find the killers of slain Black youth. Their vision is as follows:
We are no longer subscribing to the “NO SNITCHING” rule in our communities. If you SHOOT A GUN, WE ARE TELLING!! We are fed up with losing our children and innocent bystanders to senseless violence. So we’ve decided to offer high amount cash rewards for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of these horrific crimes. If you see something, say something.
Witnesses who are aware of any suspects can call the tipline or visit cpdtip.com. Once the killers are found, by way of the tipoff, the witness will then receive a cash prize. WGN9 did advise, however, that if the shooter turns themselves in, the money will go to their legal fees.
This is a great organization, but I do not agree with paying the legal fees of individuals who like to let bullets fly. This movement of developing a true Code of Conduct for my community needs to be strict and unapologetic.
Until Next Time…