- Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve: Chicago needs help but not the kind Trump tweets about
- Murderous violence has no simple solution, she writes; it requires resources in many forms
Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Temple University and an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. She is the author of the book, "Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court" and a nominee for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work by a debut author. The opinions expressed here are hers.
(CNN)On New Year's Eve, over 700 Chicagoans marched down the city's iconic Michigan Avenue to the center of the city to be heard by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Each participant held a wooden cross that represented one homicide victim lost to Chicago's violence epidemic that plagues small pockets of neighborhoods on the city's South and West sides. These are communities that have been politically, economically and socially neglected to a violent detriment.