While most of the nation was enjoying the Labor Day weekend, Chicago marked its 500th homicide this year. According to CNN, 2016 has become one of Chicago’s most deadliest years in two decades.

The upward trend of violence and homicides in Chicago is tragic, impacting numerous families and communities. Chicago’s numbers hold significance to more than just the residents of the city. The true issue at hand is less about race and the color line, and more about class and poverty; “silver rights”, in addition to civil rights.

 

The Problem Is Not Simply A Law Enforcement Issue, But A Societal One.

Impoverished communities are affected by the highest levels of violence and illegal activity. Cities like Chicago, are experiencing a growing wave of minority violence in low-wealth communities. According to the HOPE Doctrine On Poverty, there are three things that define poverty and struggle: self-esteem, role models and environment, and aspiration and opportunity, or lack thereof.

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO, John Hope Bryant says, “There is a difference between being broke and being poor. Being broke is economic, but being poor is a disabling frame of mind and a depressed condition of one’s spirit. And we must vow to never, ever be poor again.” These communities don’t just need campaigns against social injustice, but campaigns that promote economic justice, and real opportunity too.

 

It’s Time For A Change.

To quote author and political commentator, Van Jones, “Nothing stops a bullet like a job.” Chicago lacks people that are taking ownership of their communities and spearheading real change. The city needs people that are working to create an environment that cancels out oppression, instead of fueling it.

The “Silver Rights” Movement aims to bring financial literacy, access to capital, and opportunity to Chicago, by establishing Operation HOPE’s free financial dignity and economic empowerment programs throughout the city.

 

Please sign our petition to help foster real change in Chicago!