CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago's Number One station for news, presents the seventh installment in a series of virtual town halls, DO YOU HEAR ME? A DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE, Thursday, July 16 at 2 PM on abc7chicago.com. The hour-long town hall will be moderated by ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter Cheryl Burton.
Violence in Chicago has spiked, particularly on Chicago's West and South Sides. The resulting feelings of senselessness and trauma were heightened with reports that innocent young children died after being caught in the crossfire, one at a family party, others in their own home.
Drug wars, unemployment and poverty are among some of the contributing factors to be discussed during this town hall. Cheryl Burton talks to community leaders from organizations making an effort to heal and uplift their communities in different ways including helping people access critical city services, mentoring programs, violence intervention and mental health services. The panel will share their perspectives on the most effective ways to decrease violence, why it's happening to a greater degree in these communities, and their work addressing some of the historic, systemic issues behind it.
The virtual town hall will also exclusively stream live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.
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ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.3 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, the station produces 41 hours of local news weekly and Chicago's only local weekday entertainment talk show, "Windy City LIVE," as well as its highest-rated New Year's Eve special. ABC7's award-winning programs such as "Heart and Soul," "The Ñ Beat" and "Asian Influences" showcase the city's diversity, while being the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago's rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago's electorate informed. ABC7's outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.