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Chicago Woman Create Online Petition Asking People To Be Celibate To Stop Gun Violence

April Lawson

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A South Side woman is on a mission to help stop the violence in Chicago by calling for a sex strike.

It may sound outlandish, but this isn’t the first time such an idea has been raised. It’s even the premise of the new movie “Chi-Raq”.

With Chicago reeling from an autumn of gun violence, seeing a mostly-male crowd camped out for a new shoe store recently left April Lawson enraged.

“You’re watching these guys just like buying gym shoes and carrying on like life is normal,” Lawson said. “Then I saw the trailer to ‘Chi-Raq’.”

The new Spike Lee film is about a plan by neighborhood women to withhold sex until gun violence ends.

“We’re going to make sure these fools put down these guns,” a character in the trailer says.

Lawson, a mother and activist from Auburn Gresham, started an online petition asking women to sign onto this pledge:

“I vow to stay celibate until black men organize and create a strategy to keep the peace in our neighborhoods,” Lawson read.

What “Chi-Raq” and Lawson are proposing is nothing new. The film, in fact, is based on an ancient Greek fable. And in recent years, similar boycotts in other countries have been used to promote social and political causes.

“If you decide to silently protest,” Lawson said. “It might get them to think.”

Source: ABC News

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  1. Knute's Niche

    November 21, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    With all due respect to Ms. April Lawson, is she unaware that women are the primary caretakers and instillers of peaceful values for our society’s young?

    Is Ms. Lawson blind, or like many other Americans is she wilfully denying that immature, selfish, irresponsible teen girls and women are primarily responsible for fueling America’s expanding and shameful *National Epidemic of Childhood Abuse and Neglect*, *Poverty*, that for more than two generations has deprived untold numbers of American kids from experiencing and enjoying a fairly happy American kid childhood with *Safe Streets* to travel and play on.

    *Child Abuse and Neglect* that is primarily responsible for populating our prisons with depressed, angry, frustrated, undisciplined, unpredictable, sometimes suicidal teens and adults full of resentment for irresponsibly being introduced to a life of hardships and struggles.

    *Early Childhood Abuse and Neglect* that often leads depressed, sometimes suicidal *(NY Times May 18, 2015 – Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers)* children to develop into depressed, angry, frustrated, unpredictable, sometimes suicidal teens and adults lacking empathy and compassion for others, though needing to vent their pent up negative emotions, often causing emotional and physical harm to peaceful people…instead of venting their anger, resentment and pain on the immature single moms and/or dads who introduced them to a life of pain and struggle by irresponsibly building a family before acquiring the practical skills, *PATIENCE* and means to successfully raise and nurture a developing young child who matures into a fairly happy responsible teen and adult with mostly fond memories of their childhood.

    The question all concerned, compassionate Americans should seriously be asking ourselves, our elected, civil, social, community and religious leaders is, what real, substantial changes in our society’s attitude and laws need to occur to prevent abuse that often causes young kids to mature into depressed, frustrated, angry teens and adults as a result of experiencing the *emotional and/or physical trauma of an abusive childhood?*


    Black *(Children’s)* Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; *End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect*; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator’s Frustrations

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