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LeAlan Jones: “Wise Beyond His Years”

Chicago Sun-Times today has a feature by Don Terry about LeAlan Jones, who is running for US Senate in Illinois:

He’s been defying the odds his whole life. At 13, he was a reporter for National Public Radio and helped produce a radio documentary about growing up poor on the South Side. “Ghetto Life 101” won a bookshelf of awards.

Three years later, in 1996, Jones and his teenage reporting partner, Lloyd Newman, and their New York City producer/mentor, David Isay, followed up “Ghetto Life” with another heartbreaking, award-winning piece, “Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse.”

That was the story behind the death of 5-year-old Eric Morse and the two boys — ages 10 and 11 — who dropped him out of a 14th-floor window at the Ida B. Wells housing development in 1994.

Jones grew up a block from Ida B. Wells. Although he lives miles away in Englewood now, the problems and even some of the people are the same.

“A lot of folks moved to Englewood when they tore the projects down,” he told me as we walked through the struggling neighborhood recently. “Any community deprived of resources is going to create desperation.”

The article is short but worth reading and forwarding.

Ronald Hardy

4 Comments

  1. This proves the Green Party attracts intelligent people. What is scary is there are so few Greens. You would think out of 300 million Americans ther would be more smart ones. I guess thats what happens when you pollute the air, water, and ground for decades. some scholars blame the decline of the Romans on lead lined aqueducts and mixing lead in their wine,

  2. GREAT Story!!

    Thanks Ron!

    Ron Rocks!

    LeAlan Jones…go go go!!!

    Richard Kuszmar, good man.

    Become a Green Party candidate on the ballot yourself!

    That’s the way to get the attention of folks, encourage them to be Green Party candidates themselves, and join you on the ballot.

    The solution is positve action on the ballot as Green Party candidates!!

  3. I have to say, I just now read this piece, and if you haven’t been to the Sun Times to read it, you must. What a great person Jones seems to be! I am so honored to be in the same party he is in. And the amazing thing is, I know Greens right here in South Carolina who are doing similar things with their lives, and I am sure that is true across the nation.

    Even when we don’t get the “real power”, we get the power that comes from within, knowing that we always try to do the right thing.

  4. SOME PEOPLE FROM DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HIGH SCHOOL WHICH JONES ATTENDED REMEMBER HIM AS BEING A CONSTANT JERK….FOR HIS SAKE…. HOPEFULLY HE CHANGED: “THE CHILD THAT YOU ONCE WERE IS THE ADULT THAT YOU GROW UP TO BE.”

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