Who’s watching your community? More than 26 organized community watch programs are operating in Chicago, from West Ridge’s “yellow jackets” program, to block clubs, to “positive loitering” -- and more.
But most don’t know these racist “safety”programs are funded and organized by the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Community Policing, which has a $5.3 million annual budget.
Join Black and Pink Chicago and CLAW for an exploration of Chicago’s community watches, how they’re funded, and what residents can do to challenge them!
Recent coverage of current neighborhood watch program here- West Ridge’s “yellow jackets” with a quote from a CLAW member, Jennifer Viets-Van Lear: https://www.wbez.org/shows/morning-shift/cpdbacked-neighborhood-patrol-group-in-west-rogers-park/3877d472-8377-4726-b299-4434c6b11756