Boykin asks UN for help fighting Chicago violence
Megan Hickey and Craig Wall
December 14, 2017
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin headed to the United Nations in New York Thursday to ask for help fighting violence in Chicago.
“I’m hoping to appeal the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peace keeping efforts,” Boykin said.
Boykin boarded a plane to New York City for a meeting with an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. It’s a meeting that’s been planned for more than a month and stems from disconcerting violence numbers seen this year in Chicago. Violence which is felt particularly hard in many African American communities.
“We’ve had over 600 people killed by gun violence already this year alone. That is a huge number, in my community of Austin we’ve had 450 people shot and 80 people killed this year alone 18 so we have to do more to protect these communities,” Boykin said.
The mayor’s office says the call for UN peacekeepers is a political stunt. The police superintendent said it’s a nice idea, but it’s not the answer to Chicago’s violence.
“I appreciate the commissioner’s energy and his anxiousness to help reduce the gun violence in Chicago, I really do commend that, but at the end of the day the UN has no jurisdiction here, they really have no jurisdiction in this country,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.
Other suggestions for helping Chicago police have included bringing in the National Guard, but that too has been dismissed as a gimmick or not practical. Johnson said that despite a record number of murders last year, new policing strategies are having an impact.
“This year we are down about 110 in raw numbers from the murders last year and about, over 700 shootings down, so I’m pleased with it. It’s not cause for celebration but it is showing progress,” Johnson said.
Commissioner Boykin said that his 40-minute meeting went very well. He said he learned the UN is working on a global youth violence report, which should be finished soon.
Boykin said the assistant secretary-general offered to come to Chicago when it’s done and share the findings.
Ted Dabrowski, Craig Lesner, John Klingner
Tax-hike proponents claim there’s no way to fix Illinois’ chronic budget problems without more money. They want Illinoisans to believe the state’s tax revenues simply aren’t enough to cover the cost of government.
But tax revenues aren’t the real problem. Illinois’ perennial budget crises stem from the state’s persistent overspending and misplaced spending priorities. The 2016 budget gridlock is the culmination of years of fiscal mismanagement under Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Mike Madigan’s leadership.
A look at the state’s budget numbers since Madigan came to power as House speaker shows the state has had ample tax revenues – now and over the past 30 years – but has consistently mismanaged its spending. Illinois has repeatedly prioritized government-worker pay and benefits over core services. That’s led to Illinois’ dramatic fiscal decline and the current budget crisis.
The 2016 battle over Illinois’ budget is the culmination of years of fiscal mismanagement.
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This Obama executive order needs to be rescinded RIGHT NOW!
July 01, 2016
Executive Order — United States Policy on Pre- and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in U.S. Operations Involving the Use of Force
Section 1. Purpose. United States policy on civilian casualties resulting from U.S. operations involving the use of force in armed conflict or in the exercise of the Nation’s inherent right of self-defense is based on our national interests, our values, and our legal obligations. As a Nation, we are steadfastly committed to complying with our obligations under the law of armed conflict, including those that address the protection of civilians, such as the fundamental principles of necessity, humanity, distinction, and proportionality.
Civilian casualties are a tragic and at times unavoidable consequence of the use of force in situations of armed conflict or in the exercise of a state’s inherent right of self-defense.
Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) The policies and practices set forth above are not intended to alter, and shall be implemented consistent with, the authority and responsibility of commanders and other U.S. personnel to execute their mission as directed by the President or other appropriate authorities, which necessarily includes the inherent right of self-defense and the maintenance of good order and discipline among U.S. personnel. No part of this order modifies the chain of command of the U.S. Armed Forces or the authority of U.S. commanders.
So instead of taking responsibility and getting rid of ineffective Mayor (Obama holdover) and an ineffective city council, this man thinks he must send up smoke signals to invite a non-US entity to become the authority in his city?
You guys have handcuffed your own enforcement, stood by with your sour-pusses and hand-wringing, sniffled and whined, AND declared yourselves a sanctuary city. NOW you want NWO to take over? You supported Obama and allowed him to bastardize, denigrate, and belittle our country while circumventing our laws. NOW you want NWO big brother to come in and take over our country?
Time to start arresting these guys for treason and for President Trump’s administration to settle this issue.
Richard Boykin is the Democratic District 1 representative on the Cook County Board of Commissioners in Illinois. He was first elected in 2014 and will run for reelection in 2018. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-1) has a long history with political heavy hitters, especially on the city’s West Side. He clocked 13 years in Washington DC, including serving as an intern for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, a their Congressional Black Caucus Fellow for former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, and legislative director, then Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Danny Davis for close to a decade.
Since being sworn in December 2014, Boykin has supported measures to curb gun violence, provide employment opportunities, and study social issues impacting African-Americans, though many proved unsuccessful. He tried, and failed to fund a $50 million youth employment and training program using the gas tax, pass a resolution asking for a federal probe of CPD’s Homan Square, repeal a tax on bottled water after the lead crisis in Flint, and reduce commissioners’ salary by $10,000 each to fund employment programs.
Just so you know, apparently being a sanctuary city is not a new trend for this city. It seems they began their fall in 1982 when the Wellington Avenue Church congregation voted to join the sanctuary movement. Then in 1985, Corporation Counsel James Montgomery recommended Chicago not cooperate with federal immigration authorities in arresting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally unless subpoenas are obtained. It simply has hardened since those days.