Today (4/18/19) Green Party member, Rev. Anthony Williams, held a press conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Williams joined Rep. La Shawn Ford, activists and scientists who gathered to announce that a resolution will be introduced into the Illinois State Legislature within a week proclaiming violence as a public health issue. They seek further legislation to address the causes of violence in our society and to heal those affected by it.
Rev. Williams’s son Nehemiah, age 34, was shot and killed in February 2018. Williams’ tireless work since has brought together legislators, scientists and activists to find solutions to the epidemic of violence in our society.
The press conference featured Sista Yaa Simpson, an epidemiologist who works for the City of Chicago as well as Teresa Cordova, Director of the Great Cities Institute at UIC who advocated for a holistic approach to curing systemic violence.