“The president’s voice is so urgently needed here,” said Jackson, arguing that Obama’s presence would help draw attention to the complexity of the economic and social problems affecting areas like Chicago that compound problems related to gun violence. “[That alone] would illuminate the condition.”…

“You cannot police poverty. You cannot police broken dreams, you cannot police aspirations,” said Jackson. “This cannot be dealt with on just a citywide level. We have drugs and guns coming in, and jobs going out. In most of the areas where these shootings are taking place, the unemployment rate is between 45% and 55%.”