A Situational Response

On May 9th, 2016, Antonio’s Response held our first community exercise, a “Situational Response – no death of a tender age youth but a time to bring stakeholders together to practice while impacting a targeted area.”   During the 9-day event, our team of 100 volunteers passed out over 1000 pieces of materials relating to summer jobs for youth, youth programming, employment training for returning citizens, housing, mental health services, educational advancements opportunities, CAPS, block club and church announcements. In addition, we took special request for services from 32 individuals and many stopped to receive prayer from one of the many prayer teams.

This level of engagement would not have been possible without the following organizations and individuals:

Antonio’s Response Committee Members
– Chicago 3rd District Police Department (CAPS)
– Chicago Against Violence
– Grand Crossing Park Neighborhood Network
– Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church
– Parkway Garden Christian Church
– Breaking Bread
– Park Manor Neighborhood Association
– Gary Comer Youth Center
– No Shots Fired, Woodlawn
– The Triangle Neighborhood Organization
– All the concerned residents from Woodlawn
– Individuals and family members who stopped by throughout the event

We learned key lessons that will be shared at our May 9th meeting.  Let’s keep praying for and showing up for PEACE!



Group Holds Rally in Support of CPD

From CBS Chicago:

About 20 supporters staged a rally across the street from the police
station in the south side Grand Crossing neighborhood to show their support for Chicago’s men and women in blue.

Quickly, police cars pulled up, officers clearly happy to be getting a pat on the back after so many have been spat upon, punched or subjected to in-your-face rants about racism.

The new 3rd District commander, Darren Doss, joined in saying he was pleased by the vote of support for the force.

“We have a great community. We have great officers who serve this community. And we want people to understand, throughout the Chicago area, that it’s not all officers that have done things we consider unjust,” said rally organizer Jose Wilson. “The vast majority are good officers.”

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CPD Supporters Rally Weeks After Anti-Police Protests


From ABC 7 Chicago:  

Supporters for the Chicago Police Department rallied outside the third district headquarters, on the city’s South Side Saturday, after weeks of anti-police protests in Chicago.

Joined by a dozen or so officers, residents from Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood gathered to show their support the Chicago Police Department, saying it is time African American community’s step up for the men and women who patrol the city’s streets every day.

“We want to make sure you know you have friends here,” said community activist Jose Wilson. “You have people who are a part of church organizations, community organizations, and other organizations who are here to say, you know something, we support you.”

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Reward Tyshawn Lee

$20,000 Reward Offered to Find Tyshawn Lee’s Killer

From ABC 7 Chicago:


A $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of Tyshawn Lee, 9, on Chicago’s South Side.

“If anybody knows anything (about what) happened, please come forward and find whoever did this to my baby. Oh my god, I love my son,” the boy’s mother, Karla Lee, tearfully told a group of reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Police and community activists echoed the call for information about the shooter.

“You’re an enemy of this community and the house that is hiding you, if they don’t turn you in today, you are an enemy of this community,” said Fr. Michael Pflegler, of St. Sabina Church.

Tyshawn was fatally shot in an alley near his grandmother’s home in the 8000-block of South Damen Avenue in the city’s Gresham neighborhood around 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Tyshawn loved to play basketball. Family members said he brought his ball everywhere he went and it was found near his body Monday afternoon.

For more information, including a message from Karla Lee, Tyshawn’s mother, click here:  $20k Reward Offered to Find 9-Year-Old Boy’s Killer

Tyshawn Lee

Tyshawn Lee, 9, Fatally Shot Near Grandmother’s House

Antonio’s Response would like to send our sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Tyshawn Lee, age 9 who was fatally shot near his grandmother’s house in Chicago’s Gresham Neighborhood.  At some point, enough must be enough.  From ABC 7 News in Chicago:

An 9-year-old boy was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood Monday afternoon and police are searching for the shooter, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 4:15 p.m. near West 80th Street and South Damen Street on the city’s South Side.

The boy was shot several times in the upper body, including in the head and back, in an alley, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Community activist Andrew Holmes was at the scene and said that he believes there were witnesses and is urging neighbors to come forward.

“This child should have been walking to school in the morning, not taking a ride to the medical examiner’s office,” Holmes said.

Police said an unknown number of people were gathered in the alley when an altercation started and resulted in gunfire, said Dean Andrews, Chicago police chief of detectives.

To read more, click the following link:  9-Year-Old Fatally Shot in Gresham Neighborhood


Watch Trailer of New Spike Lee Movie “Chiraq”

From Variety written by Dave McNary


Spike Lee’s new movie “Chiraq” has received a new trailer, a month ahead of its release.

The film centers on gang violence by men in some of Chicago’s neighborhoods, based on the Greek comedy “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes.

The trailer starts with a flashing “This is an emergency” repeated three times, followed by basic story of women deciding that they are going to withhold sex via the pledge “I will deny rights of access and entrance.”


To read more, click the following link:  Amazon Releases First Trailer for Spike Lee’s “Chiraq”


Antonio’s Response Community Launch

August 20th 2015 marked the 1 year anniversary of the death of Antonio Smith Jr., a 9 year old killed by alleged gang members in the Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago.  During a vigil and ceremony, we launched the our organization, “Antonio’s Response” which garnered the support of Antonio’s family, the local community, and the local news.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to show support during the launch, and will appreciate continuing support as we continue to reclaim our communities!

For more information about the launch you can read the article at ABC7.  For more information about Antonio’s Response, feel free to visit the “About Us” and “Get Involved” sections of our website!!

Killing of 9-year-old sparks Anti-Violence Initiative


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