September 25, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Acclivus to Discuss Efforts to Help Underserved Communities in Chicago


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Acclivus President LeVon Stone and Program Director Bamani Obedele to discuss the work and services provided by the organization. Acclivus is a community health organization that focuses on the health and well-being?of individuals living in Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

“Far too many people in Chicago and across our country have been forced to deal with the harmful impact of violence in their communities and many have lost family members, friends and neighbors to senseless violence themselves,” Duckworth said. “Beyond that, systemic racism has caused years of public health challenges and underinvestment in Black and Brown communities who are in need of more resources. I’m proud organizations like Acclivus are working to better their communities, and I’ll keep doing what I can to support these organizations and the neighborhoods they serve.”

Last year, Duckworth helped introduce the RISE from Trauma Act to help provide more resources for children and communities who have experienced trauma, such as witnessing violence, parental addiction or abuse. Earlier this year, Duckworth also urged Senate leadership to include more funding for communities affected by gun violence in a future COVID-19 relief package.