The phrase “What About Chicago” has become an unfortunate lightning rod for some of the problems that have plagued Chicago. It is used to make the point that Chicago allows violence to take place without trying to solve the problem. As many Chicagoans know, that is not true. There are countless programs, groups, organizations and people who have been working hard to curb the violence in Chicago for decades. The idea behind this shirt was to take this phrase and use it for something positive. The profits from this shirt will be donated to BUILD. To learn more about this organization, please read below:
For nearly 50 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities – Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square – while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County.