8-YEAR-OLD GIRL FA­TALLY SHOT IN CAR ON S. SIDE

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM CHARLES RE­PORTS,

An 8-year-old girl was killed and two other peo­ple were shot in Ca­naryville on Mon­day evening.

Shortly be­fore 6 p.m., the child was among four peo­ple who were in a Subaru SUV that was stopped at a red light at 47th and Union.

A Dodge Charger was be­hind the SUV, and when the stop­light turned green, some­one in the Charger opened fire, strik­ing the child, as well as a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman who were also in the SUV, po­lice said.

The Charger then made a U-turn and drove off south on Union.

“I stand here be­fore you sad­dened and an­gered that an­other child has lost their life to sense­less gun vi­o­lence in the city of Chicago,” Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment Chief of Op­er­a­tions Brian McDer­mott told re­porters at the crime scene.

The girl was taken to Comer Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, where she was pro­nounced dead, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The man and woman were both taken to the Univer­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter. They were listed in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, each with a gun­shot wound to the back.

The shoot­ing also trig­gered a crash, and dozens of Ca­naryville res­i­dents milled about the area gawk­ing at the dam­aged ve­hi­cles and the of­fi­cers who were pro­cess­ing the crime scene.

The de­ceased child’s mother was also in the SUV at the time and was wounded in the crash, po­lice said. She was also taken to the Univer­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter, in good con­di­tion.

The Cook County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice hadn’t re­leased de­tails about the fa­tal­ity. The girl is the sixth child 10 or younger to be mur­dered in Chicago since late June, ac­cord­ing to data main­tained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

As of late Mon­day, at least seven peo­ple were killed and an­other 44 were wounded in shoot­ings across the city over the La­bor Day hol­i­day weekend.

Ac­tivists called it a “No La­bor Day” event, gath­er­ing with un­em­ployed Black men and women Mon­day as they un­veiled ap­palling di­ver­sity sta­tis­tics in a new re­port that turns a spot­light on sys­temic racism within trade unions, specif­i­cally, those op­er­at­ing in Illi­nois.

“Th­ese sta­tis­tics are shock­ing,” said U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, DIll., at the news con­fer­ence with Chicago Black United Com­mu­ni­ties, the stal­wart South Side or­ga­ni­za­tion founded by the leg­endary Lu Palmer.

CBUC brought the is­sue into promi­nence as far back as the 1970s by shut­ting down con­struc­tion sites.

Based on U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor sta­tis­tics from 1999-2018, the CBUC re­port finds ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams of 62 Illi­nois trade unions re­main mostly white — five of them com­pletely seg­re­gated; 15 with less than 20% per­sons of color; and 13 with 20-30% per­sons of color.

“I couldn’t be­lieve that in the year 2020, af­ter all the march­ing, all the demon­stra­tions, there are still unions that have frozen out African Amer­i­cans. I had to get a mag­ni­fy­ing glass to make sure I was see­ing th­ese num­bers right,” said Davis, who called for fed­eral and state hear­ings, reach­ing out to the Depart­ment of La­bor and Of­fice of Civil Rights.

“We’re go­ing to have to do some­thing about it. Don’t tell us there is no room at the inn, be­cause if there’s no room, then we just have to kick the door down and come on in any­way. I’m tired of see­ing young men on my block stand­ing around with noth­ing to do, be­cause they can’t get into th­ese trade unions.”

Davis, who turned 79 on Sun­day, has long bat­tled the is­sue since his days as an al­der­man, along­side Palmer, cur­rent CBUC Chair­man Ed­die Read and Soft Sheen founder Ed Gard­ner. Such ef­forts ad­vanced un­der for­mer Mayor Harold Wash­ing­ton

in the 1980s, then fell off.

Ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams in Illi­nois for as­phalt paving ma­chine oper­a­tor, rough car­pen­ter, gas util­ity worker, stained-glass glazier, in­dus­trial coat­ing painter, sign painter and sprin­kling fit­ter are glar­ingly all-white, the re­port said.

Trades like boil­er­maker, elec­tric me­ter in­staller, elec­tri­cian, el­e­va­tor con­struc­tor, glazier, heat­ing and air-con­di­tion­ing in­staller, HVAC, line in­staller, main­te­nance me­chanic, mill­wright, op­er­at­ing en­gi­neer, pipe fit­ter, plumber, sheet metal worker, struc­tural steel worker and welder in­clude less than 20% per­sons of color.

Some of the un­em­ployed at Mon­day’s event are cer­ti­fied in skill trades but hit brick walls in seek­ing union work. Oth­ers were un­able to ap­ply for the ap­pren­tice­ships that lead to liv­ing-wage ca­reers.

“I’m just dis­gusted, an­gered that we’re still fight­ing for some­thing we were fight­ing for in the ’90s, when my mother was alive,” said Guana Stamps, 55, of Hum­boldt Park, whose three sons are seek­ing path­ways to be­com­ing elec­tri­cians or plumbers.

Stamps is daugh­ter of the late leg­endary ac­tivist Mar­ion Stamps, who fought for pub­lic hous­ing res­i­dents dur­ing the 1980s and 1990s, and in July, she tes­ti­fied be­fore the City Coun­cil, say­ing that erad­i­cat­ing racism in unions would cre­ate jobs and help solve Chicago vi­o­lence.

“A gun won’t fit in a hand that’s got a ham­mer in it,” Read said Mon­day.

Read hopes the post-Ge­orge Floyd spot­light on racism will fi­nally force the unions to change. To help that along, CBUC is cur­rently com­pil­ing tes­ti­mony from work­ers de­nied jobs, for a po­ten­tial clas­s­ac­tion law­suit.

“An or­di­nance passed un­der Mayor Wash­ing­ton stip­u­lated work­ers on pub­lic works jobs must be 50% city res­i­dents. We don’t be­lieve that’s en­forced,” Read said. “All the Black chil­dren who grad­u­ated from trade pro­grams at high schools like Dun­bar, CVS and Simeon be­tween 1999 and 2018 be­lieved they could en­ter the trades. Th­ese num­bers clearly show they could not. So we be­lieve they too have stand­ing in a class-ac­tion law­suit.”

Illi­nois re­ported an­other 1,381 pos­i­tive cases of COVID-19 statewide Mon­day, push­ing the state’s to­tal num­ber of pos­i­tive tests past 250,000 amid a sum­mer­time resur­gence.

It’s among one of the lower caseloads in the past month, which has seen only three other days with fewer than 1,400 new cases.

The new caseload is also a dra­matic de­crease from Fri­day, when the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health re­ported a record-high 5,368 new cases of COVID-19. The mas­sive caseload, which blew away the pre­vi­ous May record of 4,014 cases, was at­trib­uted to a three-day data back­log.

Mon­day’s new cases were among 28,975 tests sub­mit­ted to the state, health of­fi­cials said. The state has pro­cessed more than 4.4 mil­lion coro­n­avirus tests.

Health of­fi­cials also an­nounced eight more deaths tied to COVID-19 in Illi­nois, rais­ing the statewide toll to 8,179. About 96% of peo­ple in Illi­nois have re­cov­ered from the virus.

Illi­nois has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases since mid-June. Since July 21, the state has re­ported daily caseloads over a thou­sand. Eleven days since then have seen daily caseloads over 2,000.

Fa­tal cases of COVID-19 have fallen most heav­ily on peo­ple 80 years and older. Although that de­mo­graphic is only about 5% of over­all pos­i­tive cases, they’ve ac­counted for 44% of to­tal deaths statewide.

As of Sun­day night, 1,484 Illi­nois coro­n­avirus pa­tients were hos­pi­tal­ized, oc­cu­py­ing about 7% of all hos­pi­tal beds statewide. Of those, 352 were in the ICU and 137 were on ven­ti­la­tors.

TYLER LARIV­IERE/SUN-TIMES

An 8-year-old girl was killed and two oth­ers wounded when their car was fired at Mon­day af­ter­noon at 47th and Union.

PRO­VIDED

A Chicago Black United Com­mu­ni­ties re­port on mem­ber­ship in trade unions was un­veiled on La­bor Day. Ac­tivists shared the re­port’s find­ings at a press con­fer­ence where U.S. Rep. Danny Davis called for fed­eral and state hear­ings on prac­tices by those unions.

TANIYA SCOTT FOR CBUC

Ed­die Read, chair­man of Chicago Black United Com­mu­ni­ties (left), with un­em­ployed work­ers in build­ing trades at­tend the La­bor Day press con­fer­ence.

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