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By Chinta Strausberg & Rev. Harold E. Bailey


Let’s travel back in time. Can God do it again?

In July 1994, assembled at the Probation Challenge headquarters, which was then located on the Olive-Harvey College campus, courageous men and women gathered together, and on one accord.

Bitterness, frustration, and venom were vented with approval from the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, who called the meeting, saying, “It’s good to give vent to poison in the system. Now, we can never use those measures again”.

At that time, problems ranging from stopping the killings to the need for serious education were at the top of the agenda.

Many of Chicago’s prominent African-American leaders gathered for a working lunch with the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and president of the Probation Challenge organization. The topic of discussion was a “moratorium on crime’ in the African American community.

Participants included Frances Williams Gutter, Black-On-Black-Love; Prince Arsiel, African Hebrew Israel Community; Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Founder/DuSable Museum; Reggie Webster, Cliff Kelly, WVON Radio; Dwayne Harris, 21st Century VOTE; Marion Stamps, Tranquility Marksman; Cornelius Young, Probation Challenge; Deborah Jackson Galloway, Up By Your Bootstraps; James Evans, 16th Ward; Ald. Dorothy Tillman, 3rd Ward; Vicki Taylor, Evanston; James Hill, Alderman Madeline Haithcock, 2nd Ward; Rev. Henry Hardy, Cosmopolitan Community Church; Margaret Eubanks. Kublai Toure, Amer-I-Can program; Lillian Bailey, Charles Edwards, Chicago African American Students Union; Karen Nolan, Chicago Defender News, Berlin Kelly, Howard Saffold, P.A.C.T.; Rev. James Meeks, Salem Church; Fahmeeda Newman, “MA Huston Prison Outpost; Herman O’Neal, New Age; Diana Arnold; Paul Davis; Walter Perkins; Tommie Brewer; Stacy; Derrick McClain; Terri McNeal; Charles Kellogg; Chas Austin; and many others.

Problems ranging from stopping the killings to the need for serious education were at the top of the agenda. Many in attendance now have gone into eternity, others remain in the struggle for more than civil-rights, while many remain because they have been spiritually commissioned by God to keep the faith and to fight a good fight.

Though problems were of major discussion, emphasis was heavily placed on solutions. The general consensus was that all knew of the problems, but out of frustration much still surfaced.

Bailey went on to say, “now we are about the matters of spiritual healing, something outside influences never wanted us to do! Divide and conquer is the name of some folks’ game. We have always been a loving and forgiving people. Even now, we are closer than some would have us to be. Closer to waking up, and afterwards, getting up! The sleeping giant is going to eventually arise from the induces slumber of drugs. This is the worry! It’s going to happen with our concerted efforts”.

It is reported that from 1991 to 2004, there were 3,422 gang-involved murders that occurred in the city of Chicago during this time period. Excluding instances when the Detective Division could not determined a motive, gang-activity was the most common murder motive … from 1991 to 2004.

Sources say, “People in charge of the city and police department didn’t know then where to place the crime blame and, presently, they’re doing the same thing!

From that 1994 meeting came positive measures! There in the city of Chicago was a season of peace that many didn’t quite understand; but it was the gathering on that Island which took persons behind closed doors. All participants of the one-of-a-kind program were required to leave their egos at the door!
The closed door ‘Anti-Crime Summit’ sessions on the beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaican Island, forced those in attendance to ‘lock-out’ self, and ‘lock into’ those working solutions that have over a portion of time kept the community from falling apart. Today, some of the positive organizations and persons still remain faithful to their pledge taken on that Island in Jamaica, to remain faithful and true to the survival of the community!

Given that there was a consolidated plight to maintain peace and love in the community, and that is was considered by the majority to be awesome, can it be done again?
Question: Why haven’t the Mayor of Chicago and Chicago Aldermen not called upon those persons who have proven working solutions, and with track-records? Something really stinks and it is not the decent taxpayers, but those who continue to sit on the seats of doing nothing!

“After the anti-crime summit in Jamaica, the fact remains that God allowed a season of peace following that journey. That journey gave to us a peace that surpassed the understanding of man. This was all regarding crime, drugs and violence! Take note: God is the same today, yesterday and forever more. God can do it again if we let him!” said Rev. Harold E. Bailey.

By Chinta Strausberg and Rev. Harold E. Bailey Chinta Strausberg is editor-in-chief of the 3:16 Magazine and talk-show host of ‘The Strausberg Report’ which airs on the PCC Network. Rev. Harold E. Bailey is founder and president, Probation Challenge and The PCC Network WWW.ProbationChallenge.org

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