CHICAGO (CBS) — A neighborhood in deep grave mentioned a chunk of paintings helped them heal. Now a bunch of younger activists is desperately looking for an area to hold a mural to a murdered pal.
CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov dug into why they’re hitting one hurdle after one other.
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It’s a mural and not using a residence, a tribute and not using a house. For many who helped create the memorial to teenage activist Caleb Reed, it’s greater than artwork. It’s work from the center.
“I need folks to essentially really feel the emotion that we put into this portray and the love that we had for Caleb,” mentioned Meyiya Coleman, Reed’s pal.
Coleman is a member of Voice of Younger in Chicago Training or VOYCE.
Reed, 17, was additionally a member. He had spoken out in opposition to Chicago cops in pubic faculties a few month earlier than he was shot and killed close to Emerson Park. The tragedy was compounded after his pal Genove Martin was charged with killing him.
Prosecutors say Martin was firing at a automotive that appeared threatening when he by chance shot Reed within the head.
“You shouldn’t use a gun to guard your self, however the harsh actuality is that’s what we now have to undergo in our African American neighborhood,” mentioned Coleman.
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So for younger fellow activisits, the mural was cathartic.
“The rationale it’s so essential is as a result of so when different younger folks have a look at it that they know that they’ve a voice as nicely,” mentioned Derion Smith, one other VOYCE member and pal of Reed.
Ald. Andre Vasquez (fortieth) is attempting to assist discover a house.
“The place we’re at now could be looking for if there are non-public house owners, anyone with a constructing or house could be wiling to,” he mentioned.
Vasquez mentioned he’s ideally in search of an area close to Mather Excessive College the place Reed went to high school, however up to now there have been roadblocks, or on this case, wallblocks.
Paperwork makes hanging it on a public constructing difficult. He’s now approaching house owners of buildings alongside Lincoln Avenue, which has its personal challenges.
“Town doesn’t have a registry of who constructing house owners are, so we now have to do the detective work,” he mentioned.
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“We’re nonetheless not giving up. We’re nonetheless going to discover a residence for this factor,” mentioned Smith.