Fund Programs That Combat Gang Violence

Target: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

Goal: Return funding to a program aimed to end violence among inner city gangs.

The death of an innocent 9-year-old boy in the inner city of Chicago is a horrific reminder of the violence that occurs within the city every day. Steps have been taken among the government to combat these issues and their methods were proved to be effective. However, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has cut funding to these programs. We must take action to ensure that funding for these necessary programs stay intact.

Ceasefire and street intervention groups from YMCA and other programs have all worked to put peace workers among the gangs of the city and build a relationship with the gang members. The peace workers influence gang members to cut down on the violence. Studies have proven that these methods are successful and have helped prevent violence within gangs in the city.

Sign this petition and demand that the Governor of Illinois bring back funding to these important programs that prevent gangs from ending innocent lives.


Dear Governor Rauner,

I am writing you to today because I am deeply disappointed in the recent cuts in funding for programs aimed to end violence between Chicago’s inner city gangs. The gangs have used violent tactics for years on end and their disturbing behavior must be stopped. Programs coming from YMCA and other peace groups have proven to be successful in cutting down on inner city violence. However, funding for these groups have been cut.

The recent death of an innocent 9-year-old boy caused by gang violence is a disturbing reminder of the despicable tactics Chicago’s gangs use to scare and kill. I urge you to return funding to these programs that have proven to be successful in the past for fighting gang violence. There are proven solutions to this problem that could save lives and cut down on violence in the city immensely.


[Your Name Here]

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