Level 1 Trauma Care on the South Side of Chicago Why Uchurch? Why Now?
A Response • We are members of Chicago’s south side community • It is a community bereft with gun violence and countless quality of life inequities • We have been asked by our own young members and by young people in the community to help
This Response • Violence in our midst is an overwhelming challenge in its complexity and enormity • This campaign is up and running and gaining momentum and traction • It saves lives and includes a proven direct violence prevention program • It provides immediate actionable tasks that UChurch can take • It is temporary; it is a first step; it is ready right now
One Among Many Responses • UChurch has members who are engaged in violence prevention (Maryse, Gerardo, etc.) • A commitment to the trauma campaign only enhances and supports their work • There is no competition and no shortage of resource • The committee can be simultaneously committed to multiple attacks on the issue
UofC • Monolith that always gets its way • Benefactor/Partner of UChurch in multiple ways BUT ALSO • There is an imperative in this cause that even a monolith must acknowledge • Ancillary benefits • Conscience • Power • Community
Organizing vs. Advocacy • Power in numbers vs. power in influence or money • UChurch could use this campaign to build coalition of interfaith congregations committed to south side health equity issues • Faith Leaders for Equity in Southside Healthcare (FLESH) • Thursday was a good first step