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Neighborhood Safety and Securuty Committee

POLICE BOARD MEETING: Taking our concerns to the top

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February 21, 2017
POLICE BOARD MEETING: Taking our concerns to the top

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, ten members of CANA attended the Chicago Police Board Meeting. The Chicago Police Board is a nine member, civilian body that oversees certain activities of the Chicago Police Department. It holds monthly public meeting that provide members of the public the opportunity to present questions and comments directly to...
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CANA Meeting Tuesday February 21 @ 6:30 PM

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February 20, 2017

Title: CANA Meeting Location: 301 N. Mayfield – 3rd Unitarian Church Description: Please join us for this CANA meeting. We will discuss our recent visit to the Police Board and the Status of our Response time case. Safety after the recent shootings will also be discussed.  Planning for upcoming events will be discussed. Your...
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American Red Cross Providing Free Smoke Alarms in Austin

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February 26, 2016

The AMERICAN RED CROSS in an effort to reduce fire fatalities is installing FREE SMOKE ALARMS IN AUSTIN  on SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016.  For information, contact JULIANNE LYONS, Disaster Program Manager (312) 729-6220
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ANOTHER SMALL VICTORY IN FIGHT FOR OUR SAFETY

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April 24, 2015

  Our fight for the human rights of black and brown people continues. We seek to have equitable allocation of all resources, including police emergency response services.   This past Monday, the ACLU was in court on our behalf to force the city to supply all emails related to police deployment. They had supplied...
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CANA MEETING TUESDAY

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April 20, 2015

TUESDAY APRIL 21 MEETING Since there was no meeting in March, you won’t want to miss this next meeting. For the month of February, CANA members were out working for change and becoming more informed.   We have a lot to report. We have a lot to do. Come add your input.   CAROUSEL...
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Hearing on CANA/ACLU Police Response Time Data Petition 4/8/14 10:00 AM

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April 7, 2014

There is a hearing April 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Daley Center in court room 2308. Please join us in helping the City of Chicago do what is right for poor neighborhoods in our city. They continue to resist disclosing police deployment data that will determine if they allocate Police fairly in...
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TUESDAY 6:30-8:00PM CANA MEETING

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October 13, 2013

IF YOU REMAIN SILENT, YOU ALLOW OTHERS TO GIVE YOU WHAT THEY DON’T WANT. TAKE ACTION TUESDAY  NEXT MEETING 6:30PM to 8:00PM Tuesday, October 15, 2013 301 N. Mayfield, Third Unitarian Church   Your involvement is essential for creating a community you desire and deserve.
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CHICAGO POLICE CHANGING RESPONSE PLAN FOR SOME 911 CALLS

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February 18, 2013

Starting  February 4th, Chicago police changed  their responses to 911 calls. They’ll no longer come right away to reports of incidents where the suspect is no longer on the scene and the victim isn’t in “immediate danger”.  These incidents include  criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts and garage burglaries.  They state the move will...
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Mayor’s Office and Police Department Want to Meet With You on December 11, 2012

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December 7, 2012

ATTENTION: RESIDENTS OF THE AREA CENTRAL TO AUSTIN MADISON TO LAKE   You Have the Power to Help Take Back Your Neighborhood     The Chicago Police Department recently concluded a narcotics enforcement operation targeting violent street gangs in the area of West End to Madison, Central to Austin  in the 15th District. In...
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Our Sense of Safety was Shattered Once Again on March 18, 2012

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May 1, 2012
Our Sense of Safety was Shattered Once Again on March 18, 2012

Late March 17th the usual criminal behavior at the corner of Madison and Mason was heating up around 10:00 PM. I made what has become an evening ritual of dialing 911. The drug sales, drinking and drug use had picked up like  clock work .. some sick version of the dooms day clock.  I...
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SIGNS AND DOLLAR SIGNS: Can signs help a community

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March 7, 2012

Littered across the landscape of the 29th ward, you can see large 4 ft. by 4 ft. signs urging you to take action, to make a choice on one day of the year. The sign is asking you to vote for the alderman. The concept is that this choice will lead to a better quality of...
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CANA joins ACLU in lawsuit against the City of Chicago related to Inequitable Service in Minority Communities

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October 27, 2011
CANA joins ACLU in lawsuit against the City of Chicago related to Inequitable Service in Minority Communities

Chicago Police Deployment Scheme Results in Inequitable, Unfair Service For Minority Neighborhoods, Suit Says CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Chicago officials have failed to deploy police equitably across the City’s many diverse neighborhoods, resulting in disproportionate numbers of delayed police responses to those neighborhoods with higher minority populations, according to the American Civil...
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Street Sign Strategy:Limit activity

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July 22, 2011

The problems at the corner of Madison and Mason,   resulted in a running gun battle in the streets  in the early hours of June 25th. According to neighbors, the nightly fighting, drug and alcohol use and drug sales at this corner resulted in individuals chasing others up Mason, firing shots, turning left on Washington and...
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The nightly partying, conflict and noise at the corner of Mason and Madison was Broken by the sound of gunfire at 2:19 AM on June 25

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June 28, 2011
The nightly partying, conflict and noise at the corner of Mason and Madison was Broken by the sound of gunfire at 2:19 AM on June 25

The problems at the corner of Madison and Mason, less than two blocks from the 15th District Police Station in Austin,  resulted in a running gun battle in the streets of our 16 blocks in the early hours of June 25th. According to neighbors, the nightly fighting, drug and alcohol use and drug sales at this corner resulted...
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Community Prayer Walk Every Saturday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM starting at Mason & Fulton

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June 7, 2011

Please join the neighborhood each Saturday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM for a Community Prayer Walk. The walk will start at the corner of Mason Ave and Fulton Ave  and go to Central and Fulton and back.   Prayer can change us and our community For Further Information Call Intercessory Prayer Warriors: Evangelist Doretha Stafford...
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Annual Non Violence March to Commmemorate Robert Woods held in our Neighborhood

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May 31, 2011

Robert Woods was a Curie High School Honor student and football player. He was a victim of gun violence in 2002 when he was gunned down in our neighborhood at the corner of Mason and Fulton.  His life and promise is honored every year by his mother JoEthel Brown who with the help of...
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Austin Focus Leads to Award

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April 4, 2011

  AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT  The Chicago Community Trust announced 31 Local Reporting Awards through its Community News Matters program for reporting on a variety of important issues affecting Chicago’s low-income areas. The program seeks to increase the flow of truthful, accurate and insightful local news and information and encourage innovative new models for providing news...
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Another Tool for Building a Safer Neighborhood

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March 31, 2011

The weather is heating up and we can expect the activity in the streets to heat up as well. We insist that Austin residents get the same level of police service as any other community. If there is a shortage of police manpower, no area of Chicago should experience a greater loss than any...
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CANA on WVON’s African Diaspora radio program this past Sunday

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March 1, 2011

CANA’s president appeared Sunday February 27th  on WVON’s”African Diaspora” radio program. She represented a community view on the role of police officers in predominately African American communities. The program explored the way officers interact with our community and especially our youth. There is tremendous room for improvement by all officers, and particularly from African American...
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CANA Elevates Police Response Time Issue on Fox News

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March 1, 2011

Your neighbors have once again focused attention on a major issue for many Chicago neighborhoods.  We appeared on Fox News again last night. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/investigative/chicago-911-diversion-program-311-police-calls-burglaries-fill-out-reports-online-20110228# The lack of police response  to certain types of 911 calls in our neighborhood has contributed to a diminished quality of life in Chicago’s less affluent wards and districts.  We...
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CANA’s Work mentioned on local NPR affiliate WBEZ91.5

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February 25, 2011

CANA’s work was mentioned in a news story on WBEZ, 91.5 last week. If you missed it, you can also hear or read the report at: http://www.wbez.org/story/24th-ward/crime-issue-boils-some-ward-races-simmers-others    
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West Side Needs Fair Allocation of Police Services

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February 18, 2011

After listening to an investigative report on WBEZ, 91.5 FM (National Public Radio), our president was motivated to make an unplanned visit to the Police Board Meeting. The report pointed out that the North Side aldermen and constituents were very vocal and actively demanding their share of police services. In contrast, they pointed out that...
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BGA Citizen Watchdogs and CANA Sound Alarms Over 911 Response

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February 3, 2011

    Hey Watchdogs!   Check out the latest Watchdog Wall Post!   http://watchdogwall.bettergov.org/     Ron and Serethea Reid came to the Citizen Watchdog Training Session in Austin.  Now, they’re making news and making a difference as they fight for faster 911 response times in the Austin neighborhood.      What have you...
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CANA’s work was featured on FOX evening news on Monday.

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February 3, 2011

Click on the link below to view. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/austin-neighborhood-police-response-times-911-chicago-cops-20110131      The filming took place at the January CANA meeting as well as at the January Police Board meeting. If you weren’t there you missed an opportunity to speak out to the entire city of Chicago about the issues we face in Austin.   You...
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CANA CONTINUES TO STAND AT POLICE BOARD MEETING

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January 21, 2011

As of January 19, 2011 we had not received a response from the Superintendent of Police,  as she had promised in November 2010. In addition the Police Board informed us that a representative from the OEMC would be present at their January meeting to address questions related to their performance. We decided that we...
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