“Everybody is starting to realize that gun violence is not just a south side problem. It's not just a west side problem. It's not just a Chicago problem. It's an American problem,”
said Tamar Manasseh, founder of MASK.
Mothers Against Senseless Killings started in 2015 after a corner in Englewood became "the deadliest" block in Chicago. Manasseh decided to take matters into her own hands, creating MASK and assembling an army of Moms to patrol the block. Each day from 4pm to 8pm they would set up on the corner with lawn chairs and barbeque grills. Their efforts worked, and violence in the area reduced significantly.
In 2016 MASK was told they could no longer sit on that corner due to complaints from a nearby building owner. After a long fight they were awarded ownership of the vacant lot across the street. Now clean of the litter that once overtook it, the lot waits for what's next.
That's where you come in. MASK is raising money to turn the vacant lot into a play lot. The goal is to make the corner family friendly and a place where the neighborhood can peacefully assemble, sit in their lawn chairs, and eat some barbeque.
Join the anti-violence revolution, get behind the mask.
Play Lot Hero, $2,500: Have a large piece of playground equipment named for your family with a plaque honoring your donation. Additionally, stand next to Tamar during the ribbon cutting ceremony, receive your own lawn chair and a MASK t-shirt.
Play Lot Advocate, $1,000: Have a small piece of playground equipment named for your family with a plaque honoring your donation. Additionally, receive your own lawn chair and a MASK t-shirt.
Play Lot Supporter, $250: Have a brick with your dedication placed on the play lot. Additionally, receive your own lawn chair and a MASK t-shirt.
Play Lot Sitter, $100: Sponsor a lawn chair, reserved for you whenever you come to the lot. Additionally, receive a MASK t-shirt.
Play Lot Friend, $50: Receive a MASK t-shirt.
MASK is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax-deductible. Find out more information at www.getbehindthemask.org