What gets overlooked in the debates concerning stricter gun laws, police shootings, alleged systemic racism in the police forces, and the government’s responsibilities for maintaining law and order, are the majority of people trying to live and work in these violent communities like South Chicago.
Think of all the service businesses whose employees have to head into areas, which at times resemble a war zone, just trying to get out alive while earning a paycheck.
Until the federal government was recently allowed to come and help Chicago with their gun violence, the weekly number of innocent children, women, and others shot for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time had been skyrocketing.
United States Postal Service workers who deliver mail on Chicago’s south and west sides are threatening to halt service to select neighborhoods after a mail carrier was shot while on the job in the city’s Burnside neighborhood.
“The 24-year-old woman, who works as a United States Postal Service mail carrier, was shot at 91st Street and Ellis Avenue just after 11:35 a.m. while on the job,” ABC 7 Chicago reported earlier in September. “Chicago Fire Department officials said she was critically hurt after being shot multiple times.”
The mail carrier was not the shooting’s intended target, Chicago police officials said, but her southside route put her in the middle of a neighborhood wracked by gun violence.
She is, ABC 7 added, the second mail carrier wounded by gunfire while walking her route: “In March, another Chicago letter carrier was shot while delivering mail in Brighton Park. He was caught in gang crossfire and told ABC7 he feels fortunate he was not more seriously injured from a shot to the back of his head.”
Another postal worker was reportedly shot with a paintball in the same Burnside neighborhood.
Via Daily Wire
On Friday, Chicago’s postal workers joined in a protest demanding that the city put a stop to the gun violence — and if they do not, Chicago’s postal workers may stop delivering mail to affected neighborhoods, per CBS 2 Chicago.
“Mack Julion with National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 11 said letter carriers should not walk their route if they feel unsafe,” WBBM added.
“Chicago postal workers, saying it is too dangerous to deliver the mail, are threatening to stop delivering in some neighborhoods one week after a mail carrier was shot on her route,” the outlet reported. “Postal workers and community organizers joined together for a prayer vigil Thursday near the scene of last week’s shooting.”
“Any letter carrier who does not feel safe in any one of these communities then they are not to deliver mail and customers have to pick up their mail,” Julion said. “We are not going to have another situation where the letter carrier is shot down.”
What a tough situation and until the city really cracks down in these neighborhoods, delivering anything will be risky.
I hope we don’t hear of another postal worker shooting anytime soon.
If we do, it’s possible they might have to temporarily cancel home delivery services, requiring the residents to pick up their mail at the post office, at least until it is safe for the carriers to return to at-home delivery again.