AL CAPONE STEPPED UP IN 1930, LIKE NOBODIES BUSINESS.
October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday reared it's ugly head. On that day some 16 million shares were traded on the stock market. Billions of dollars were wiped out. Companies lost everything, and many who invested lost everything. This would cause the downward spiral which our grandparents talked about, and would create THE GREAT DEPRESSION. The Depression itself would last some ten years. It was the worst economic downturn the Western world had ever seen up until that time.
Prior to the depression, production had stalled within big companies, unemployment was out of control, and high dollar stocks had lost the majority of their worth. Low wages, proliferation of debt and argriculture was barren. All of those things contributed to the dark days ahead. Black Monday would turn into Black Tuesday and the stock market would fully collapse. As a result businesses would collapse, jobs were lost, and millions went hungry.
In Chicago, it was felt horribly. There were long lines for food, rations were running low, and people were turning to theft, and breaking and entering just to survive the cold harsh winter. It was all about survival. The government had little they could do. One man stepped up, to do his part. That man? Public Enemy number one, Alphonse Capone. Capone saw what was taking place, and couldn't stomach that people were going hungry. The government would speculate it was a move designed to make himself look good, but in reality, those around Capone told the press that Capone was bothered by hungry men, women, and children.
Capone stood up, and did something about it. At the time the city was trying to help, but just the sheer amount of jobless was staggering. 75,000 jobless lined up to register their names for help. A third of the population in Chicago needed immediate relief, meaning they had nothing. A week after 75,000 lined up, Capone stepped up. Capone would buy a huge storefront, and start a soup kitchen. That storefront located at 935 South State Street. Capone hired staff, and opened the doors, which would serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner for free. He would make sure that over 2,200 people a day got something to eat. He would serve coffee and sweet rolls for breakfast, soup for lunch, with coffee and bread. For dinner they would get coffee and bread. Many wanted second's and 3rds, and nobody would be denied. Capone wanted to ensure, especially children that they didn't go hungry. Those who lined up ate as much as they wanted, with zero questions. The city was enraged that Capone was not checking the validity of those who were in need. Capone for his part didn't care what the city questioned. To him, they didn't need to prove eligibility, it was a matter of taking care of people.
Many men throughout the years have done their part for the community. Some can scoff at the deeds of the men they consider "criminals, mafia," or what have you, but many have stood up against hardship, and have put money to good use. Joey Merlino, alleged boss of the Philadelphia mafia has been known for those type of acts. While the government can assert whatever it wants about the "good deeds," Not only has Joey donated turkeys, but Joey also looked out for his community ensuring that people got presents for Christmas. He's done it repeatedly throughout the years. Call it what you want, frame it however you feel. They care about their communities, and the fact is this, if the city or the state did things like that, maybe they wouldn't feel so ashamed of themselves to scoff at alleged criminals doing their part. Maybe that's the sign they should care more about people who are struggling then the allegations that people hurl. Don't believe everything you hear about people.