Hernandez Attends Ceremony for New Community Space, Urges Governor to Restore Funding for Violence-


CHICAGO, Ill. – Today state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, released the following statement after attending a ceremony for Enlace Chicago’s new community space in the Little Village Neighborhood:

“It is refreshing to see a new generation of community members and activists take part in the ceremony for Enlace’s new community space. I’m proud of the work they have done to prevent and reduce violence in Little Village, and for promoting community development, education, and advocacy” said Hernandez. “Enlace has proven that CeaseFire can be successful in disrupting violence. And yet again, the Governor’s proposed budget eliminates funding for the program. I urge the Governor to prioritize spending and restore essential funding for violence-prevention, so that organizations like Enlace can continue to help the youth in our communities.”

Enlace has worked with Cure Violence, locally known as CeaseFire, for over a decade to prevent and reduce violence in the Little Village neighborhood. The CeaseFire outreach team works with the community’s at risk and gang-involved youth to provide a safe haven, opportunities, and a path towards the positive resolution. The grassroots approach, earned Enlace the award for Most Outstanding CeaseFire Site in 2012.

(Pictured: State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez joined Johanna Casanova from non-profit real state lender and developer IFF, Jaime Torres from architecture firm Canopy, Rene Barrasa from IFF, David Hiller from the McCormick Foundation, Jose Duarte from the Blackwood Group, Katya Nuque from Enlace Chicago, 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Munoz, and Enlace Board Member Rocky Lopez and Mike Rodriguez.)

State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez is a member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and represents the 24th District, which includes Cicero, Little Village, Berwyn, Brookfield, Riverside, and Stickney.

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