Measuring violence in Chicago: Which Numbers Do We Count?

How do we know what’s happening when we talk about crime? By the numbers, right? But which numbers? As the Sun-Times pointed out yesterday, only Philadelphia has a higher homicide rate than Chicago. But I think that ‘s misleading. The violence that drives those numbers here doesn’t live everywhere in Chicago. It lurks in only […]

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Telling the Whole Story – Covering Youth Violence – June 28th

They were afraid but didn’t run. They stayed and have changed lives. The gangs hounded them after they called police, complaining about gunshots on their street. The gangs tried to burn them down in their sleep and then to simply burn down their house. Their response: an after school hours program to keep kids off […]

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Why does Englewood fester?

In the 20 square block world of Englewood last year, there were more half of the number of murders that took place in all of Washington,D.C. Quickly shrinking Englewood, down to about 30,000 persons, had less than a third of of the total murders in Houston, a city of 2.6 million. What does this say […]

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Telling the story of standing up too – join us on June 28th

We cover the violence and disappear. That’s a problem. We don’t see what lingers on and who comes forward and how they struggle to set life anew. Here’s an article in Spanish from Alejandro Escalona from AOL VOCES about a community and individuals standing up for a violence free life in La Villita. We’ll talk […]

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