A CITYWIDE EFFORT
To reach our goal of reducing gun violence,
we need to address the bigger picture.
In the past, policy solutions overemphasized policing, ignoring almost every other factor. CRED is part of a broader group of private funders called the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities that came together to invest in scalable violence-prevention strategies. To do this, we need to coordinate on city and state levels to treat gun violence for what it is:
A public health emergency.
At the city level, we work closely with the Mayor’s office and Aldermen to advocate for safety infrastructure and violence prevention. The goal is to educate leaders: Significant and sustained investments in public resources in the neighborhoods most plagued by gun violence will help rebuild those communities and create new opportunities for the people living there.
CHANGING THE SYSTEM
Many in Chicago benefit from city services—public schools, criminal justice,
the transportation system, the health care system.
But for those living in the most vulnerable neighborhoods, these systems too often fail to meet even basic needs. We need transformational change, so these systems work for everyone.
At the state level we focus on policy change.
We educate legislators, raising awareness around policies that support our mission, such as ensuring that a portion of funds raised through cannabis taxes are directed to communities most affected by gun violence, and updating the Medicaid rules so community organizations can be reimbursed for the service they provide.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
Changing the future of Chicago starts with
the safety of our youth.
We develop and support programs that give teenagers and young adults positive opportunities after school and during the summer.
The Peacemakers Program molds young high school leaders, ensuring our youth can advocate for their community when the time comes. These students learn civic engagement skills and create peace projects that show the community what’s possible.